Instead of waking up at 6.30am for a 7 o’clock breakfast we were allowed to have a sleep in because breakfast for today was at 8.30am. After breakfast we had time to waste before we had to head to our first program for the day, so we went for a walk to the supermarket to top up on supplies. The super market was huge, it is sorta like Costco as it had a warehouse set up and people were buying things in bulk for what could last them a couple of months, while we were in there I bought myself Koko Krunch (cheap version of milo cereal) and some milk so I could have it for brekkie as I was missing cereal, I also had a look around at some of the other shops and came across a junky shop but you had to leave your grocery bags in a pigeon hole to reduce our chance of shoplifting (even though it wasn’t my intention) and you got it back before you left. We then headed back to our motel and got in our mean, green, travel machine and went to a feeding program at a local school.
Upon arriving we were greeted very warmly with lots of handshakes and some of the school children performing some various songs on ukuleles and one of the girls on a double bass! After we got introduced to the children it was our time to shine, we taught the children the song Cast Your Burdens and Days of Elijah. We then did our soon to be famous play ‘Ka-pling’, when the children were asked which was their favourite machine part, it was obvious that Ka-pling was the clear winner. Tim went on to explain the meaning behind Ka-pling and that everyone is important whether you’re big and powerful or small and seemingly un-useful, we then gave out spaghetti and chicken to the children with a cup of cordial and the adults had what seemed to be a stir-fry with rice and chicken. We had a bit of time after the children had finished eating and before they received some small gifts, so I got talking to some of them and taught them some classic Aussie words and they tried to teach me some more Filippino words but only laughed when I was saying it completely wrong. Before we knew it we had to leave and go back to the church.
When we got there we had free time as dinner wasn’t ready, thus heading into the basement/ conference room to play some games, we played a game of Mafia, but everyone was too drained of energy to play anything else. I headed back up to go for a walk and saw some school kids hanging around so I got talking to them, they were very fluent in English and upon asking them how they were so fluent they stated that they are instructed to talk in English as much as possible. I was more successful in learning some Filippino words such as; nose, hair, hello, goodbye, eyebrows, you are beautiful and eyes (I’m still not very good at it though) and they taught me a clapping game that a lot of people play and I taught them a game that is played in Australia. We then concluded our night with dinner before heading back to the hotel for a good night sleep!
Thank you to all who have been praying for health for our team! By Saturday all team members have been fully involved in all ministries, and everyone is doing well.
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