This morning was our first day at our new base at Church Of God (COG), and we all slowly woke up one by one to get our breakfasts. Tim and Em went in to have a meeting with the pastors of the base, and came to the conclusion that our accommodation wasn’t the best for when people are getting sick and with a gastro virus being passed around! Therefore, we have migrated to home #3, a motel around 10 minutes from the COG. We have gone back to 4/5 in a room with amazing wifi and air conditioning!
Day 12 started like most other with a breakfast of bread, jam and fruit with a side of malaria tablets, the usual competition between Sarah and Karena was on to see who could manage to eat the most (which isn't really that much).
Hi everyone! Today we started with a devotion lead by Brandon. It was on John 9, which tied in very well with our previous trip to the slum and Home of Hope. It gave us encouragement in the way we all process these confronting and challenging situations and helped us to learn and benefit from them.
We had a break from building today and, in the morning, spent time in town. Everyone got to do their last bits of shopping or could just relax at a cafe. The nice thing about going to town is being able to talk to the locals and find out about Ugandan life. Some of us got to meet a lady called Lilian who's profits support widows and young girls in need. Amongst the poverty we see, it's really inspirational to hear stories of people who are making a positive difference in people's lives here.
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.
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