WHY OUR TRIP TO THE US WAS MORE THAN AMAZING

You would not believe me when I tell you this trip to the US was totally unplanned. We applied for a visa first week of April (with the intention of not going this year), Bryan's research was approved for presentation in LA before June, (this all happened after we got our schedule for interview).  Our visas got approved.  And the rest as they say is history.

WHEW.

And why was it more than amazing?

1.  We did not push it at all - Yes, we wanted it  to happen but we allowed God and circumstances to move in our behalf. We did not get disappointed when our Visa Interview was scheduled 2 months after we applied nor when our itinerary did not happen, or when Risen had to use nebulizer on our first day in the States.  And did we mention that Bryan's gall bladder was removed a month before we left? Our perspective was, the fact that we have this opportunity, okay na.
After our VISA Interview





2.  The weather and timing was perfect - Confession time. Before this trip came up, I was frustrated that I did not have events in the months of July and August. As always, God has better plans. Fireworks welcomed us since we landed 4th of July. The weather was summer, but since it is hot here in the Philippines, it was perfect for us - a sweater weather for my family.

at San Diego; after shopping

Balboa Park


3. Our itinerary was not hurried - We had a lot of "let us just cherish this" moments!!  We knew one month would still not be enough so we decided to just have a little bit of everything (including rest).  We did not leave the house everyday, nor did we push our tired bodies to move. Yes, though everything was new and exciting, we still leaned towards our favorite travel tip -- no hurry! Hence the hashtag #unhurried life

Los Angeles

still in LA








 4.  We spent time with family and went to church - We placed down our phones and started talking and listening.  We were glad we spent and allotted quality time with friends and family. We also went to church every Sunday of our trip. Actually, this is what we really wanted why we left.  We looked forward to seeing Bryan's cousins and titas and family friends just to spend time with them.  Also, we wanted to see the life, both the christian and work life balance, of the people in the US. It was a good feeling to fellowship in different churches.

with my childhood bestie and neighbor

friend/officemate in Manila

DVBS

favorite neighbor

family :)


Seattle

Rest area (between Seattle and Oregon)

Oregon

5.  We saw Christ's ministry in the US - To begin, our trip was well provided by God.  We did not used up our credit cards, we did not loan or borrow money, lastly, we had money to pay for our bills and commitments when we got home. This happened not because we have tons of savings, it is just that, we knew what not to buy and Bry's family and friends in the US are super generous. Second, in Las Vegas, the sin city (what are the odds?!), we were able to share a gospel to a waiter thru a track and we had to chance to hear the testimony of our Lyft driver (Like Grab). Third, we met christian families whose lives are great in the US - they have work life balance, they have time for church and the ministry, their kids are brought up in the ways of the Lord (and the kids are serving the Lord too), and we sat down with a starting CCF dgroup in San Diego whose goal is to share Jesus and make disciples.  Wooohoooo!!!!!

God is working in the US. It does not mater where we are.  IF we are willing to obey God, He will work in us and He will take care of us.  Yes, it is very tempting to work doubly hard, possess all you want, BUT if you choose to honor God, even in Vegas, He will be alive in all that you do and He will be used by God.


My encouragement to those Christians in the US, or even if you are in the planning stage, do not go there for money or convenience.  Go there because God called you to be there. Once this is sure, then, go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  After all, this is our main calling.  Pinas or Vegas.




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