Today was a pretty full on day. This morning we continued our work building the house at the Village of Hope. It's really starting to take shape now with the door frames standing without supports and the walls too high to see what we're doing without the help of scaffolding.
After the usual breakfast of bread and Jam we went back to work on the children's home. After one day of work already, we knew what had to be done and we kicked straight into action!
Today we got packed our suitcases and cleaned our rooms, ready to move to our new location! After a few final goodbyes at YWAM we drove for just over an hour to the other side of the city of Cebu. We were welcomed at the Church of God, and by Pastor Earl, our host.
The morning started like always with 7am breakfast consisting of bananas and choc-chip pancakes with blueberry and chocolate syrup. Today there was no pancake challenge as everyone was anticipating the snorkelling day that had been planned. Everyone was ready for the day at 8am for an 8.30 start (Fillipino time). An hour later, we came to a dirt ‘carpark’ and jumped in a man powered (with a pole) dinghy boat where everyone got their feet wet and their sea legs on.
Today is Tuesday and it is the day we started our building of the kitchen at the new Children's Home! This project was funded by the generosity of Miki's school, church and friends. It is awesome that we get to see first hand where the money has gone to, and to help be a part of the building process!
Although waking up at 4:30am to trek up a mountain may not be everyone's cup of tea, our God provided the goods! With the energy to keep pushing through although our legs and lungs ached (some more than others), we made it up to the top of Monkey Mountain to see the sky wash over with oranges, yellows and reds as the sun lit up Uganda. The time spent up the top was definitely worth the journey, with Brandon providing the worship songs and the breathtaking view that I don't think anything could surpass. Our God is so good!
Today we had a day off from ministry work (well except for English teaching in the evening). We started the day not with a sleep in, but with an early rise, for a big walk up Santuk Mountain. There were many steep stairs, but we made it to the top! On top of the mountain were many small temples and.... MONKEYS! The monkeys were cute and even brought tears to Lauren's eyes.
What a day. It commenced with a typical Filipino breakfast of rice, cinnamon bread, apples and corn beef (lots of carbs as energy for the big day ahead). Jordan kick-started the day with his devotion, he explored the difference between being expectant for God as compared to being expecting (yes very confusing at first). We then gathered together to pray for the day, this was done differently to western culture, with everyone praying aloud simultaneously (as opposed to one after the other).
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