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Waddell Family Update: Arrival in New Brunswick

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your prayers and messages of support over the past number of days as we traveled from our home in Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines back to our home province, New Brunswick.  We arrived safely to our ‘Quarantine Home’ in New Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon, after a long 36+ hours of travel.

We are so thankful for our friends who have graciously offered us their home for our 14-day quarantine period.  We are thankful that our travel was uneventful (although very stressful with all the additional health and security measures in place due to the pandemic) and went as smoothly as we could possibly have hoped for.

We are all feeling well and are beginning to adjust to the colder Maritime climate, as well as, the time zone difference.  Our children our doing great and are already sleeping through the night.  Melanie and I, on the other hand, are awake when we should be sleeping and sleeping when we should be awake.  It seems jet leg is a little gentler on kids/teens.

Although our Home Assignment will look very different because of travel restrictions and physical distancing measures in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still looking forward to finding creative ways to connect with you, our supporters and church partners.

Your prayers and messages of support were such a blessing to us, and reminded us that we were not alone, that God was before us, behind us, beside us, above us, below us, all around us. Thank you!


Michael & Melanie (Kyla, Sean, Carter, & Allie)

One of the hopes of our kids was to see snow when they arrived to Canada (Yes, you can blame our kids for the snow flurries earlier this week).  Although hard to see in this picture, as we arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport, there were light flurries falling from the sky.  Our kids could hardly contain their excitement.

Our partners in the Philippines, Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries (KPM), in collaboration with other institutional partners (Capiznon (Kasapulanan) Baptist Churches Inc., Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches Inc, Convention Baptist Ministers Association-Capiz Chapter, Capiz Emmanuel Hospital), are responding to the needs of individuals and families in Capiz province who are serving on the frontline, or who have been badly affected by COVID-19.  Canadian Baptist Ministries is receiving donations to provide aid for marginalized families who have been affected by COVID-19.

If you would like to contribute financially towards this emergency response, we invite you to make your donation online, by telephone (1-905-821-3533), or by mailing a cheque to:
Canadian Baptist Ministries
7185 Millcreek Drive
Mississauga, Ont
L5N 5R4
Please direct donations to “Emergency Relief: Corona Virus (COVID-19)”


For more information on CBM’s work around the world, including the Philippines, or to donate please visit or call 1-905-821-3533.

If you are interested in becoming a Partner-in-Mission with our family, please contact Barb Keys ( or call 1-905-821-3533) at Canadian Baptist Ministries.   You can also visit their website at to give online or for more information.  We are only able to follow God’s leading in our lives thanks to the monthly support of generous individuals and churches.

All donations of $10.00 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt at year end. 


Michael & Melanie

Kyla, Sean, Carter & Allie