Southern Hills Day Seven: #DeepAndMeaningful

We never seem to want to get out of bed but once we did, we were pumped for the day.

The Tabao fishing village shocked us all, even the main community building was full of holes on the ground with sludge and water covering the muddy roads. It was a hard sight and more than that it was hard to comprehend that this was their daily life.

Filipino culture is so hospitable: we were welcomed with a personalised banner and a cultural presentation. But this time the whole team joined in with their routine, we had a ball.

We had a couple of activities that the team had an opportunity to learn and participate in which included; making detergent that the community will sell later on and also learnt to make cord belts. It was great fun but difficult to master.

After lunch we gathered the kids and they seemed to have doubled as soon as we started making balloon animals, swords, pipe cleaners and bubbles. It hit us hard when we were walking through the communities in the dirty sludge through a maze of little houses.

Most of the kids had thongs or no shoes and ripped clothes but their joy was beyond their physical circumstances. We went in groups of two and three into individual houses and got to ask various questions about their lifestyle. For most of us this was a major challenge as we realised just how little they earn compared to what we earn. (5 dollars a fortnight was the lowest we heard).

We had dinner at one of the friends of Mr. Beacham (a.k.a #LiamNeeson, always there to save the day!), the chicken and rice was delicious as always, we are sure we will miss this diet when we get back to Australia. We also got a treat to play pool as a night activity (#beachamtreat). It was super fun!

Debrief tonight got a lot deeper. A few of the team shared their testimonies and challenges they’ve faced in their life. The group gained a new found appreciation for one another and God’s love for us throughout all of life’s circumstances. We realised that on the surface nothing is visible; people are like oceans, if you don’t jump deeper you never get to know it in all its grandeur. We are so blessed to be sharing this incredible life changing experience with each other and the community.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers and keep the comments coming, we love the encouragement.


In Christ

Chris, Nina, Sarah and Eva

6 thoughts on “Southern Hills Day Seven: #DeepAndMeaningful

  1. It looks like every one is getting into the swing of the trip. Getting out of bed is always tough but the days are always rewarding. Keep dancing, blowing bubbles and soaking up all the experiences. Enjoy every moment,we are all very proud of your achievements!!! luv k

  2. Awesome to see so many happy kids, you guys are doing a fantastic job. You are all making such a difference in the people’s lives.

    Phillipians 4:6
    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    God Bless you guys!

  3. So good to hear you working together through your experiences. We live in a blessed land and it can be hard to understand the reason why so many have so little.
    I pray you continue to grow as you serve in the Philippines.
    Stay safe.
    God Bless

  4. Hey Ben, missing you loads and am counting down the days until you come home. I send you lots of love and so do the rest of the family, love Rose xx

  5. We are thinking of you all, and keeping you in our daily Prayers. May Heavenly Father bless and protect you all as you serve your fellow man. May these moments you experience create strong foundations for your future – we miss you, but know you doing God’s work. It’s wonderful to see how you bring joy to these children’s lives !!!
    God be with you till we meet again.
    Marijke & Michael

  6. It would appear from the video that Zac needs to take dancing lessons, good to see your all enjoying the adventure.

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