When we went to the Philippines, we did a missions trip to Zamabales. With the support of my husband's aunt, who is a Pastora, the community of Guagua and supporters here in the U.S. was able to fund our mission and provide over 200 bags of food (with slippers and clothes) to a Filipino tribe called the Ietas. The Ietas is a tribe in the southern part of the Philippines that lived near the mountain forest of Mount Pinatubo, a Volcano. Well, in the mid 1980s, Mount Pinatubo, erupted and when it started its eruption, the tribe had hidden their families into the caves. They felt safe and secure. Another, half, however, had followed other Filipinos outside of the forest and mountains and found safety in the areas the Filipino government governed safe. Unfortunately, the large majority of the tribe that hid in caves suffered an instant death. The ashes of the volcano trapped the tribe in the caves and everyone died. What was left remaining of the tribe was less than 100.
Visiting the tribe was an adventure. We traveled through the volcanic ashes that still laid (untouched) over a region that was once water. I had just found out I was pregnant, so traveling over this body of 'river' covered in ashes was a little risky, because no one knew what areas was true land. Can you imagine if you drove over the ashes and started to sink?!! Eeks!
We did get to meet some families along the way. There were children running around freely and the families were living in huts. It was such a beautiful, so natural, so FREE of a sight. If anything, I was a bit jealous. I want to live like that. I don't want to worry about where to get my food (I can just grow it myself or raise chickens, cows, and pigs); I don't want to worry about clothing (after all, I was born into this world naked); I don't want to worry about money (the simplest things in life is family and friends, the sun, the moon, the stars, and these things you can't buy with money); I don't want to worry about health (we are all going to die someday; it if is time, then it is time).
Seeing all this beauty made me humble. It made me realize that these people are not truly in need. They are at peace, they are content, this is their life. For me to say that they NEED help is my selfish way of saying, "I can't live that." And perhaps that is what most of us think, too. Can you live the rest of your life without electronics? How about eating eggs, veggies, and fruits that you raised and farmed yourself? There is no cell phones, no computers, no vacuum, or even a tempurpedic bed to lay your head on. Instead, you have a hammock or a mat where you can rest on a bamboo made bed underneath a hut that is held together by twine made out of coconut tree bark. Doesn't that just sound so exotic? Exotic is such a lavish term for simplicity. What makes their life so simple? I realized it's because they don't have to worry about the things we worry about here in the United States.
In the U.S, we worry about our looks, our properties, or job, our families, but do you know what intertwines our lifestyle into one? ... Money. I am a Christian woman and the bible has over 2,000 verses in regards to money. Some say that money is evil, and that it is the root of all evil - it is the LOVE of money that makes it evil. I'm not going to go off topic on this, but it is the LOVE of money. When someone LOVES money, that is all they think about. However, God never said that money is bad for you. He said that He will provide for you. Isn't that amazing that He will do that for His children?
But what if you are in debt? Well, who's fault is that? No one told us how to spend and buy things and next thing we know, we have nothing to spend and instead we owe. It's not a very nice feeling to always have to pay back something borrowed. Even worse, if you live your entire life from a young age to our senior years and not have anything or anyone to help us. If I told you that there is a way to live life peacefully, with no regrets, and enjoy having money and provide for your family in ways that God will provide your needs, and a little more, would you be interested?
Of course!? Well, my husband and I got married when I was only 19 years old and he was 21 years old. Everyone thought we were crazy. The first thing we told each other is, "We can do this." I knew there was going to be some obstacles in our way. So, we asked each other this simple question and we listened...
1. What do you want?
You have to know what you want. If you don't know what you want then you're not going to know how to start. Knowing what you want is setting your goals. Write down your goals and get started.
2. Have faith...
3. be disciplined.
This is the same with discipline. Sometimes, situations happen in our lives that we have no control over. We can choose to sit back and observe our surroundings and just watch it pass us by, or we can get up and do what we need to do to make it happen, so that our start has an end and we can say, "I made it!"
So this blog, this site, was created for someone like you. I want to share with you my thoughts, my prayers, my dreams and goals. And if I can show and share with you how my family has overcame the challenges we've been through, and we planned for our families' future, then I know I have done my part and helped make changes in someone else's life. We want to share the blessings and we want you to know that you can ask me anything.
Let's start with the first step... "What do you want?"