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OUR C̶h̶r̶i̶s̶t̶m̶a̶s̶ HAPPY NEW YEAR UPDATE - Manila, Philippines

A FULL CHRISTMAS SEASON HAS COME AND WENT AND 2014 HASN’T BEEN ANY LESS ACTIVE! WE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS OF GETTING THIS OUT BEFORE THE NEW YEAR. WELL….YA. :)

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We had Tracey’s mom and dad, Sandy & Wayne, with us for 3 weeks during December. Not only did they stay with us and “live our life”, we also were able to go to the beach for a couple days in there too! It was so great to have them with us, especially over the holidays.

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They even got over to Gentle Hands and were QUITE smitten with the sweet littles over there… :)

Hopefully we will see them again sooner than later!

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GENTLE HANDS OF INDIA

Jonathan’s dad, Dennis, left yesterday  for India for a week…and the most exciting part is to get the renovations finally started on the current building! He and mom asked Tracey to be more involved in the administration of Gentle Hands of India, as this year will be lots of activity. She couldn’t be more thrilled! 

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She is sending a camera with Dad Heppner this trip, so hopefully some updated photos and such will come back with him. A trip back to Chennai this year is in the works as well.

Please visit Gentle Hands of India online for more info on the project and the ministry there that we are very excited to be a part of -www.facebook.com/gentlehandsofindia or our blog atwww.gentlehandsofindia.blogspot.com


PHOTOGS FOR A CAUSE

Since we launched in November, we have done a few gigs and it’s been awesome! Check them out at our blog, which you can access at our website: www.photogsforacause.org

Its so fulfilling knowing that when you are doing something you love (photographing) that you are blessing people with the results (the NGOs). We hope to continue to build our photographer base this next year, and get our name out there to the NGO world in Manila. Pray with us! 

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If you are a photographer who reads our updates and has thought about coming over for a work/volunteer trip to the Philippines, consider it! Not only can we hook you up to GIVE BACK to one of the MANY NGOs in the metropolis, but Tracey has a Philippines Trek scheduled for this April to the mountain tribes and paradise islands. Contact us for more info!

CHURCH OF GOD MAKATI

The Christmas season is always exciting at the church. Filipinos truly love to celebrate! With Christmas parties, Christmas Eve Candlelight service and then a workers celebration party this last weekend, COGM has been abuzz with activity!

Jonathan continues to work alongside his dad, sharing leadership training, preaching and a plethora of other activities. :) He is about to launch a training school for young adults who have full-time jobs. How? Twice a month meeting a Friday night and all-day Saturday and night. This is really needed as there are many young adults who want to be more equipped in leadership and cannot quit their jobs to do something like this. The response to the invitation we have given to them is overwhelming and exciting! THE TRIBE will begin in February and we will give you an update on our next newsletter!


THE GUESTS ARE COMING

We love, love, LOVE when people come visit…either to chill, to volunteer, or both! Short-term missions are great for anyone, or any family.

This month we have one of our longest friends, Colin Clements, here for a week.  Colin and his wife, Arlene, have believed in us and what we are doing in the Philippines & Asia since 1996 - when we first came over. They have supported our ministry in Asia both then and when we moved back. How cool it was to take him to Gentle Hands, around the city, to the kids school. Being able to share with him a little part of us and what he “invests” in has been awesome.

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In February/March looks as though our cousins Blayne & Tara will return! We love when people come and take time to spend it with us here and get a glimpse of our life here.

Let us know if you want to come visit….we have a spare room and the kids’ rooms are big too so they can rearrange if need be! :) 

 Until next update!

xoThe Heppners

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