Our scheduled departure date has come and gone and we are still in the US. This is such a crazy time we live in, but God is still in control and working His will. It is not always easy, but God is always good! In July, things were starting to open up in the Philippines, but at the beginning of August, they went back to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine which closes everything down but businesses dealing with food, medical, and banks. We have rebooked our flight for early September and are praying that the borders to the Philippines will be open by that time.
Faith Academy will still start online classes on August 24. August 10 starts our Virtual All Staff Meetings (since we can’t have our retreat as usual). We will be scattered with some staff in their home countries, including our new staff, and some still in the Philippines. We will spend the time getting refreshed in God’s Word and getting ready to serve Him during this next school year. Much time will be spent preparing staff to do their jobs online, especially the teachers. Plans are being made to improve our online education, training our staff better, and giving an orientation to parents and students. Please pray with us that we will be able to have face-to-face classes as soon as possible. Also, continue to pray that the borders will open up soon and all the staff and students will be able to get back to the Philippines.
We are presently living with family in the Wichita area and enjoy visiting our family and friends here. We are looking forward to seeing Ben, Jessica, and kids soon. They will need to quarantine, but we will have a chance to see them before our scheduled flight back to the Philippines.
We appreciate your prayers for us during this time, especially with us working in a different time zone than we are living in. Walter continues to meet with the staff that he oversees. Much can be done by email, but sometimes he needs to talk with them. Continue to pray for wisdom for our administrators as they make decisions. Also, continue to pray that God will continue to build His Church in the Philippines and many will turn to Him for salvation during this time.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for us as we minister at Faith Academy,
Walter and Cheryl Spicer