Well after many hours of packed vans, busy airports and uncomfortable planes, all teams are back home, safe and sound! What an amazing 3 weeks it has been and it has all flown by! Praise God for His protection travel-wise, as well as health-wise, where we had no major incidents on any of the trips! We can already see the impact the trips have had on students, as they've made life-long friends, experienced new cultures, seen God work & move and grown in themselves!
Today was a day of contrasts! It began with a meeting with nature (quite literally - it felt like warm rough concrete) and ended with a hair-raising drive through an African metropolis... But let me take you through it from the beginning.
Awakening to the cries of monkeys as our alarm clock (rooster crows or phone alarms needn't apply), we devoured a delicious buffet breakfast, tossed our belongings into our bags and headed off on our very last game drive.
Guess what we got to do this morning.... SLEEP IN!!!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaay! We were lucky enough to have a whole extra 30mins sleep in today which was pretty exciting! Especially when we had a big day ahead of us!
This morning we had a Debrief, discussing the future and our safe transition back into Australian culture. Tips were given and questions were asked, which will make it helpful for Christmas time. After Debrief, we ate lunch at the resort, with a hefty meal as afterwards it was snorkelling, scuba diving and massage time. Scuba divers had a lesson in the pool before being taken out to the reef. They saw turtles and reached 9 metres. For the snorkelers, they had a good time out in the water and saw some amazing fish, turtles, and colourful coral. Those getting massages had a beautiful view of the water and felt relaxed afterwards. Had dinner again at the resort – amazing western and Asian dishes – and delicious dessert paid for by the gracious Emily. After dinner, a few of us went to bed to sleep, to the beach to read, or had an after dinner swim. All in all, debrief has been an outstanding experience and to experience it with our unified team was something we’ll never forget.
- Meg & Debbie
Dear parents and well-wishers, Today marks the first full day outside of Uganda. The day began at 6:30 with our first game drive in search of African wildlife... Especially the famous lion. Although we did not see any lions on our maiden voyage, there were still many excitements including a moment where the road was blocked by a group of white rhinos which rendered the route impassible according to the drivers (although driving through the rhinos would have been quintessentially thrilling). On this trip, we managed to spot many different animals, including Zebras, Buffalos, Warthogs, Impalas, and many more. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and awe inspiring way to commence the days events.
After 3 weeks of eating all rice,
It was starting to taste not so nice.
But at the resort
We went and bought
Some weetbix and bananas to slice.
The team woke up early this morning with eager anticipation to get to the resort. After a quick bite to eat, the usual 2 eggs and toast, we packed all our stuff separating a daypack of clothes for each person to take down to the resort. We also gathered the left over ministry materials that we donated to Earl, our host.
This morning we had our first buffet breakfast at the hotel. No more bread sticks with jam! After breakfast we started our first debrief session. We made a timeline of the trip. It was surprising to see how much we have done! Then we met with our tour guide and he took us to our Khmer cooking class!
Dear faithful followers,
Today we started with an early 3am wake up, followed by a near three hour bus ride to Entebbe Airport. Once we arrived at Nairobi, Kenya we headed to Sweetwater Lodge to begin our safari for the next 3 days.
Our last day of ministry came to an end today.
Starting with another trip to Cebu prison, this time visiting the youth section. There were around 100 young guys, most aged between 15-18, who were all sitting and waiting for our arrival. We started off with singing ‘Days of Elijah’ and then continuing on to show our ‘Kapling’ skit. The guys really got into it and enjoyed our presentation. Then it was their turn to present for us; with a song and some mad beat boxing, which was awesome! After it was finished, our girls left to visit the female youth located upstairs, while the guys stayed; playing basketball (with Andrew blocking people left, right, and left again), watching dances and chilling with them. Being able to see guys our age in prison made us realise how real the poverty cycle is and how fortunate we are. It expanded our minds of the world.
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