Friday, June 29, 2012

Camp Lecture : 5 Basic Survival Skills ( Shelter)

Shelter protects your body from the outside elements. This includes heat, cold, rain, snow, the sun, and wind. It also protects you from insects and other creatures that seek to do you harm. 

The survival expert has several layers of shelter to think about. The first layer of shelter is the clothing you choose to wear. Your clothing is of vital importance and must be wisely chosen according to the environment you are likely to find yourself in. Be sure to dress in layers in order to maximize your ability to adapt to changing conditions. The next layer of shelter is the one you may have to build yourself, a lean-to or debris hut perhaps. This is only limited by your inventiveness and ingenuity. If the situation requires, your shelter can be insulated with whatever is at hand for the purpose. Being prepared, you may have a space blanket or tarp with you, in which case creating a shelter should be relatively easy. Before you are in need of making a survival shelter, be sure to practice and experiment with a variety of materials and survival scenarios on a regular basis. Should the need arise you will be glad you did.

Camp Lecture : First Basic Survival Skill (Fire)

Our Boot Camp last May 14-19 was a very successful and memorable one. Below is part 1 of my lecture  on  5 BASIC SURVIVAL SKILLS. Hope you  will find it beneficial.

Knowing how to build a fire is the best survival skill you can have. Fire provides warmth, light, and comfort so you get on with the business of survival. Even if you do not have adequate clothing a good fire can allow you to survive in the coldest of environments.

Fire keeps away the creatures that go bump in the night and so you can have the peace of mind and rest you need. And that is not all. Fire will cook your food and purify your water, both excellent attributes when you want to stay healthy when potential disease causing organisms are lurking about. Fire will dry your clothing and even aid in the making of tools and keeping pesky insects at bay.

But even that is not all. Fire and smoke can be used for signaling very long distances.

Always have at least two, and preferably three, ways of making a fire at you immediate disposal. With waterproof matches, a butane lighter, and a magnesium fire starter or firesteel you should be able to create a fire anytime anywhere no matter how adverse the conditions.

So the lesson here is to learn the art of fire craft. Practice and become an expert. Your ability to create a fire is perhaps the most visible mark of an experienced survivor.

Living Godly

In talking to young people about preparing for the future, I’ve had several say something like this: “We must get into the world to experience ungodly situations and ungodly people in order to grow stronger.”
This kind of thinking has swallowed up many immature Christians and eventually turned them against God. Sure, we’re in the world (John 17:15) and we’re exposed to non-Christian situations (school, job, neighborhood), but we need to be careful that exposure to those situations does not lead to embracing ungodly philosophies. All of us would mature faster by following the divine pattern suggested in Psalm 1:1.
a.      First, let’s not let our decisions and choices be controlled by the “counsel of the ungodly.”
Proverbs 11:14Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 19:20-21 “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. “

b.      Second, we shouldn’t put ourselves in a place where those who don’t know Jesus can unduly influence our thought processes.
1 John 3:4-10Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

c.       Third, let’s avoid getting comfortable with those who mock God, His Word, and His role in our life so that their thinking seems right to us.
Proverbs 25:26 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”
James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Counsel from such sources leads us away from God. Instead, it’s best to get our training, our guidance, and our advice from God’s holy Word and those who know it and love it. God and His Word, not experiences, are our best teacher.
You’ve given us Your Spirit, Lord,

To help us grow, mature, and learn,
To teach us from Your written Word,
So truth from error we’ll discern. —Sper

Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your life.

Picture Collage

Thanks to the youth of our church for this beautiful birthday gift! I love it so much...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wordfilled Wednesday


Entry for Word-filled Wednesday 

Manny Pacquiao on being "Born Again"

This was my post in one of my FB groups regarding the allegation that their Protestant Pastors swarming around Pacquiao for money, perks  and that because of his new found relationship with God was the reason he now lost his  knocking-out power.

What made Manny Pacquiao the Icon in boxing are not his so called "knockouts" but his indwelling character as a gentleman inside and outside the ring, his generosity to people and even his sportsmanship as an athlete. Let's not be blinded by making such comments so unfair that we only see the negative side of Manny's deeds based on our "own" idea. I don't know if you will be given the chance to be close with Manny and be blessed too by his generosity. I don't know if you still could write an article such as this. If there's a truth to these so called "pastors", why not dig dipper to the reason and favors given to them by Manny instead of seemingly "sour graping" upon knowing and seeing his generosity? and by the way, boxing experts and analysts have a very different view of Manny's performance in boxing nowadays. Unlike yours, they still believe on his power, resilience, and masterful tactics as a fighter. But fortunately, Manny is more than a fighter....and you know that. Be in the shoes of Manny first before you can comment on his boxing style

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Dream Team : OKC Thunders

Happy Father's Day to Mothers


Single Mother's deserved the Praise this Father's Day! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

DNA Testing

Yes paternity tests are yet uncommon here in our place. I have yet heard of a case here in our city where a father or siblings went to undergo this kind of DNA Testing. Forgive me of my innocence. But taking a research on the importance of this test is quite interesting to me. There are many cases in the U.S. where they used DNA testing to determine biological relationships and this method is very effective. I believe that this kind of test will become a common thing in the near future as our country will advance in technology.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Medical Call Center soon in Cagayan de Oro City

Our dear Friend Ms. Leah is currently working in a call center in Manila. But she dreamed of working in a medical answering service. She’s been away for four years now and she really enjoyed her work. But her ultimate dream is to be part of a service and solution provider for many businesses. She works very hard on her job and she’s so focused in accomplishing her given tasks. Answering services are growing rapidly in our place. You can just witness young professional working in these companies. Cagayan de Oro is fast becoming a center for answering service in Mindanao and I believe that there will be more like this service to come as businesses boom in our city.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


After the MANNY PACQUIAO-TIMOTHY BRADLEY fight last Saturday, it’s a clear indication that Pacquiao won the fight but according to both judges that Bradley won the fight. Millions of people was outraged with the results, WBO and the promoter should review, judges credibility or even official auditor before announcing the winner. If the organization/promoter will not do something about this. Fans alike will not tolerate this kind of non-sense and biased decisions. In the end, millions of fans saw the real champion, the one and only fighter if the decade Manny Pacquiao.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Holistin Intervention for Sendong Victims

Part of our summer youth projects is the Boot Camp. It is quite expensive and tiresome. We have to plan for 6 months and go into details from time to time. I said expensive since we have to hold this camp with 300 young people and most of them are victims of the recent typhoon that hit our city. Most of them lost their houses and some their loved ones. This is holistic intervention boot camp and we have to prepare for it to ensure a smooth and successful program. Preparing all those things we have to bring to a mountain resort 200 kilometers from our city is really a job to do. We have to pack a lot of things from the musical instruments to banners and other stuffs. One thing we find so practical to tuck those things is a steel clamp. Thank God for that invention! We all enjoyed the whole week of fun and educational to all those young people attending the camp. And all of them are looking forward to another year of adventure and fun!

Jurassic Park in Singapore

Our friend's multiple sclerosis

One of our family friends who live and work in the U. S. for 13 years now had this problem since she’s 12 years old. Her doctor diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis (MS). We are all ignorant of this at first but her doctor explained to us that Multiple sclerosis, also known as "disseminated sclerosis" is an inflammatory disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to demyelination and scarring as well as a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms. Disease onset usually occurs in young adults, and it is more common in women. We may not fully understand what her doctor explained to us but our dear friend is taking today a Rebif , a disease-modifying-therapy that her doctor recommended her to take. We are hoping that she stays healthy and enjoys her life with her family as she continues to work as a nursery teacher in one of the schools in California.