Posted by: Chuck | October 18, 2013

Life goes on here in Danao

Hello friends now give me the choice of having white wine at the river or a swimming pool. My choice is far more pleasant at the river. As I look at our Congress back in Washington it is both shocking and manipulative of their behavior. But never fear as they fill their pork barrels. We are still experiencing aftershock in our fair city of Danao.For whatever is happening in our life, don’t preoccupy ourselves with the question why? But rather ponder more on to where these events bring us. God is leading us to somewhere beautiful beyond the harsh realities of life. Once we get to where God wants us to be, then we’ll know why. With less than a day remaining before the debt limit is reached, Congress will need to work feverishly today to pass compromise legislation that would extend the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. The hope now lies in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have worked for days to craft compromise legislation. Is this another fiction story I wonder.

Whether a Filipina is married to a Filipino or to any foreigner, it is a tradition here in the Philippines that the wife runs the household, so she needs the money to do it with. I think if any husband is not willing to entrust their wife with this responsibility, they are looking for trouble within their marriage. It will not take long for the wife to figure out that she is not considered trustworthy by her husband. If I did not trust Filipinos with money, I never would have married my wife. If I did not trust her before marriage, I would not trust her in marriage. I would be more concerned about waking up the next morning than I would be concerned about my money, if I did not trust my wife. Trust has never been an issue for either of us.

One of the greatest travesties I have seen so often is how some expats treat their wives in marriage in the Philippines. Often older men marry young, beautiful Filipinas and they don’t want to give them any money, other than a few thousand pesos each month. These women sleep with them, take care of them, even in sickness and death, and yet, they are not deemed worthy by the expat husband of any type of inheritance, so they are left with nothing. Something is wrong with that picture. Survivors of a huge earthquake that killed more than 150 people in the Philippines rummaged hopelessly Wednesday through ruins for friends and relatives, as rescue workers struggled to reach isolated communities. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake smashed the central island of Bohol on Tuesday morning, ripping apart bridges, tearing down centuries-old churches and triggering landslides that engulfed entire homes. The death toll from the massive 7.2 magnitude quake that hit the Visayas breached the 100 mark and officials expect the number to rise. Aftershocks continue to sow panic in Bohol, where the center of the quake was recorded, while damaged roads have isolated many areas, causing shortages in food and potable water.

God has given us resources in this world, not just for our own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around us. God never blesses us just to sit on what we have. He blesses us so we can bless others. Be radically generous today. May the peace of the Lord be with you always. Uncle Chuck

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