Well, our three weeks has come to an end, and what an amazing journey it has been. Many of our students signed up in the early part of this year, and our team has been busy preparing for much of it. Throughout our team meetings, one-on-ones and general preparation, we have been so impressed with all our students. They have been eager to learn, get involved and have fun, as well as getting along so well.
Our last full day in the Philippines has been a big one and by the time we got back to the hotel, it was quite late. No one really felt like writing the blog, but so we wrote it together, passing the phone around the table, writing one sentence each. So here is the report from the day, written under the influence of delirious silliness and accumulated weariness!
Yesterday we had our last morning at YWAM. We kicked the morning off with devotions and then spent some time as a group sharing what we’ve seen in each other over the trip.
Today was our last final day at the YWAM base in Cebu and boy was it a big one. We started off with a relaxed morning, sharing the delight of Vegemite (the RIGHT way) with our German friend Mona, devotions and a bit of rest and recovering from a big night last night at the graduation! Arrival of clean laundry also made for many happy team members.
What was our Monday like? For those of you waiting with bated breath for this slightly delayed blog post, let me fill you in…
Today we went to Kawasan Waterfall, and what a day it was. Three hour road trip each way was 100% worth it. So refreshing, so much fun, and soooooo beautiful. Basically, it was SO GOOD!
Today was "Jesus Fiesta", the most exciting day of the year for a lot of the kids. There was a change in the location last minute so we all had to be flexible and do some last minute rearranging, but it was amazing at how organised the event was even though it was changed so close to the time.
Lasts night’s sleep was great, a standard 7 hours shut eye on the cool, tiled floor with 5 dogs barking at your door, it doesn’t get any snoozier than that at YWAM. I thank God every day for our prepared brekky at 7am sharp. With the silence of fresh bed eyes we gather and prepare for our day among yummy bread and sweetened cornflakes. Joel led our morning devotion exploring Mark 10, focusing on monetary values versus our heart values. Pushing Jesus’ followers to not only abide by his commandments but also his values, commanding us to seek God ahead of all things.
Today was another jam packed YWAM day. After a ‘lami’ breakfast and some devotions we piled into the nice airconditioned but squishy van and made the trek up the mountain to Talisay Jail.
It’s been another cracking day at YWAM! We are officially into the second half of our trip and we finally got our first proper basketball action! Definitely the highlight of my day, but more on that later. Let's take it from the beginning.
It’s a rough 7am start here at YWAM. Though many of us wake up earlier, due to any combination of the heat, dogs, roosters and general busyness around the base and surrounding streets. Breakfast was the classic: eggs, fruit, and of course, rice, which for Filipinos transforms the otherwise snack into a proper meal.
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