I made it to my new home in the Philippines and was welcomed by loving arms and lots of warm hugs! I am so excited to see all that the Lord has in store and am so thankful for the amazing people He has given me to walk alongside of! In our times together this last week we have had many funny conversations, like how I am overwhelmed at the thought of how they are completely unfazed at a mouse running across the kitchen ﬂoor and how I am literally dying inside at the fact that I just yelled MOUSE!!! and they don’t respond but just simply say “ya.” and continue on. I was appalled!! I was DYING inside!! I even repeated myself one more time to MAKE SURE they understood that I had just said there was a MOUSE in the HOUSE…they had understood…but they were not fazed by it at all and I didn’t want them to know that I was pretty much having a heart attack inside, so I simply picked my feet up off the ﬂoor and did my best to TRY to hide the complete terror written all over my face!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Everything about life here is different and I am being stretched in every way, but I am so thankful that He has given me such an amazing family to walk through it with!…they make it fun and show me so much grace! Side note: they even bought mouse traps yesterday!! 🙂
I got to go back to Tikatig on Saturday and it blessed my heart so much! As soon as I stepped off the motorcycle I had kids coming up to me saying “Ate Brittany, Ate Brittany”!
(Visayan word for today: “Ate” means older sister) My heart was so warmed at the fact that they had remembered my name! As I sat with the people in that village again a piece of my heart came alive again, it felt like home!
I was so blessed to be a part of baptisms in Kibagting, 36 people have accepted Christ and decided to be Baptized. My heart was overwhelmed at the goodness of God as I watched these people take the next step in their walk with Christ!
Pray for the people here in Malita.
Pray for me as I transition into the culture, and my new life here!
Pray for grace as I begin to learn the language.
Pray for the Cracknells, the team, and I; that we would continue to be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord.
I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who has been a part of the journey of me getting here to the Philippines, and to those of you who are continuing to partner with me in what the Lord is doing here in Malita, Philippines! The faces that you see in the pictures are being changed and impacted because of YOU, so thank you!
Finance update: I am only $125 short of being Fully Funded!!! PRAISE GOD!!! If you would like to partner with me ﬁnancially here is how!
1. ONLINE: WWW. FIRE-INTERNATIONAL.ORG click the “Missionaries” button and then select my picture/name, scroll down and click the donate button. **If doing monthly be sure to check the box for monthly donation 🙂
2. CHECK: send checks to PO Box 5306 Concord, NC 28027 and make the check
payable to Fire International and put my name in the Memo Box 🙂
Thank you all SO MUCH for partnering with me in all that the Lord is doing here!
LOVE and APPRECIATE each of you SO much!!
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About Brittany Valdivia
My heart is to love the unlovable, see the broken and hurting restored, and bring hope to the hurting and hopeless.
I just recently returned from working in the Philippines for 3 months where I spent some time working with young girls who have been trafficked, as well as some time with the people who live in the mountains. I loved my time there and am currently building a partnership team so that I can return.