Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tickets are Booked!!!

A lot has happened in the last week or so. We had our last church presentation and said some really REALLY hard goodbyes. We had a little farewell party at my parents (THANK YOU to everyone who came out and said hello and goodbye! We appreciate it more then you know!). We shared hugs and tears with friends and family members for the last time in awhile and have wrapped up loose ends here with dentist appointments and eye doctor appointments as well.

The kids' passports came this week and they were really excited about their answered prayer. The morning that they came the children each prayed that they would get here that day. We needed them before we could book travel and we were wanting to book travel soon so they thought it would be a good idea to pray about it. Well, their prayers worked. They came in the mail that day (3 weeks early too!!)

So with all passports in hand we were also able to book travel! Wheels officially go up on September 7th at 7:30 am from Minneapolis. We got a really good rate and a really good travel itinerary. The travel time is a short 27 hours :) from wheels up in Minneapolis to wheels down in Cebu (with stops in San Francisco and Seoul South Korea as well). We are excited to finally have a date on the calendar! We will say goodbye to Sturgeon Bay on September 1st to do one last family tour before we go.

People keep asking how I am doing. Well, that changes from day to day, but overall really really well. The goodbyes are hard and are going to get much harder, however, the hellos are going to be so sweet as well! Our hearts have been in Cebu, and with the Children there at the shelter, since we left them there in March. We love them all so much already and cannot wait to share life with them, the staff, and the people we meet in the greater Cebu area. God has clearly called us to this purpose at this time in our lives and we are so excited to see how He leads. We know that God is giving us the strength and peace to say the hard goodbyes here in the states. To God be the Glory!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tour has nearly ended...

There are only 2-presentations left and they are open to the public (actually all of them have been). I (Jake) have the privilege to present at Ministry Door County Medical Center both times.

  • Thursday, July 28th  at 12P
  • Tuesday, August 2nd at 12
Located at: 323 S 18th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI (Both presentations will be held in the Conference Center on the Ground Floor.) I hope to see YOU there!

Cheesy Mangos Tour of greater Wisconsin and Minnesota has come to an end. We are so grateful for the opportunities we had to share the good work that God is doing with and through the Children's Shelter of Cebu (CSC). It was such a privilege to meet new faces as well as see others we haven't seen in years. It was fun to catch up with so many of you and share our hearts for the children at CSC.

The encouragement and support received has been so appreciated and overwhelming. Our family has seen that through and through with each location we visited and we are so grateful. Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we pray for all of you as well!

We are excited to still be making progress on our support. We have a little way to go and we are confident we will get there. Keep praying! Thank you!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Touring Reminder Dates :)

Hello friends! I just wanted to remind you of 2 tours coming up! We will be in Chippewa Falls/Eau Claire area THIS Sunday (7/17)  and we will be in Preston NEXT Sunday (7/24). We are excited to share our hearts with these two churches. We have not seen many of our Grace Church Family since we moved away in 2005! We are excited to see familiar faces and meet some new friends as well.

In Preston, we will be having an Open House "see ya later" party at my parents on Saturday from 2-4 on July 23rd. If you are in the area PLEASE stop by and say hi/goodbye! We would LOVE to see you! Then we will share more of our hearts in church on Sunday.

Details of church services below. Hope to see you!!

July 17 - 11:00 AM
Chippewa Falls, WI

Grace Baptist Church of Hallie
11591 17th Avenue

July 24 10:30 AM
Preston, MN

First Baptist Church
108 Chatfield Ave NW

Saturday, July 9, 2016

We Found A House!

One of the biggest things for us when we were thinking about moving to the Philippines was wondering if we could find a clean SAFE place to live. Cebu City has 800,000+ people living in it which is VERY different from our 9,000 people in Sturgeon Bay, so finding the right place was huge for us! We are happy to say that we have found that! The house is in an area that we visited while we were there in March. We can visualize exactly where it is so that makes us a bit more comfortable as well. It is within walking distance to a grocery store and a few restaurants (including a delicious bakery!!). It is about a 5 minute car ride to the shelter and also to the office where Jake will be working, so it is very close to where we wanted to be! We prayed hard for a safe close place to live and God provided just that. Yet another thing checked off our list of things to do!! Praise God!! 

Our home for the next 2 years.

If you would like a few things to pray for, here are a few...
-Pray that things will continue to go smoothly with the process as a whole.
-Pray that the other 42% of our financial support will come in.
-Pray for us as we start the goodbyes to some family and friends next week which will be very hard.
-Continue to pray for the kiddos at the shelter that adoptive families will find them. CSC has a referral waiting list of more then 20 kiddos, they cannot take them all in at this time. Pray for God's guidance. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Questions: How is your support going? When do you leave?

We have been getting 2 questions from people lately so we thought we would answer them here too!  How is your support going? and When do you leave?

Question 1: Well, we are excited to say that we are at 58% funded for both years combined! To God be the glory! Can you believe it!?! We are 1 month into our support raising efforts and are over 50%. We are SO grateful to our friends and family who have given so generously to our needed financial support. We have been overwhelmed by the support of EVERYONE. Many donations have brought us to tears by your generosity. Thank you-Thank you-Thank you!!! 

Question 2: We do not have plane tickets booked yet, but it is looking like we will be leaving sometime early September. Perfect scenario would be we spend Labor Day weekend in Sturgeon Bay and then make our rounds to say goodbye to our families one last time before flying out. We are really excited and we know September will be here before we know it! Once we get our tickets actually booked, we will update you all on when our departure date is.

With all that being said. We are praying that we are fully funded before we leave. So the quick math is 42% more to go and only about 9 weeks left to do it in. Trusting-Trusting-Trusting :) If you are planning on supporting us financially or are still praying about it, THANK YOU!! We love you and are so incredibly thankful for you. 

Here is how you can give electronically, visit: Fill out the form and in the comments or designation box be sure to put our names Jake and Pam Schulz. Done. Super easy! :)

If you would rather mail in your support you can do that as well by sending a check to CSC's main office at:

Children’s Shelter of Cebu; US Office
P.O. Box 247
Cambridge, MN 55008

Be sure to put our names in the memo line on your check, (Jake and Pam Schulz). THANK YOU so much!! 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can comment below or you can email us directly at God bless you all and HAPPY 4th!!