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.
Chris, Nina, Sarah and Eva