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.
After three stamps and a pat down, we were granted access to the yard where we were able to worship with the prisoners – including some very enthusiastic participation from them during the action songs usually used in the kids program. Then Hayley bravely and boldly shared her testimony. Next we shared a message of hope about God’s grace and love with them. It was really moving to see how so many of these men really connected to what was shared, frequently agreeing with a loud and proud ‘amen’ through the bars. We handed out some bread to each cell and were able to have some conversations in the process, learning about the people, their families and hoping to extend a glimpse of God’s love. Even though we went to the jail to serve people and be an encouragement to them, I definitely found I was the one being encouraged by these men; their faith and how they hold fast to Him for love and hope. It has definitely been one of the most challenging and empowering ministry experiences in my life so far.
Feeling quite worn out but filled with buzz, we headed back to the YWAM base for lunch. After a few short hours to rest and cool down, we were up again and heading to another children’s program. This time we were in a slum on a small stretch of plastic filled beach. Face painting, our Elijah story skit, some action songs and a small amount of bread made for some very ecstatic kids. This slum to me was the hardest one to visit yet, not because it superficially required the most attention but because the kids seemed in more need for love and affection here than in any of the other places we’ve visited.
After a long, exciting but draining day we drove back to the base for some delicious dinner and a bit of chill. And that brings me to here and now, Katie sitting on the couch writing the blog.
Hope you’re all doing well back home, we are having a blast and learning lots!
xoxo Katie Girl (That one’s for you Bec)
PS. Also fam the wifi is not working for most of us, so we love you all and look forward to hearing from you! (Especially you mama, missing you xx)
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