This morning was a ridiculously early wake up of 4am. This meant that there was a bunch of extremely tired students that had to look awake enough to appear in front of 10 million people of the Morning Show, on ABSCBN, a local TV station (we’ll try to have the footage for you shortly! A student and teacher from Ellenbrook were interviewed). After sitting there until 7am, and clapping on command, we made our way to our IKTHUS breakfast place. As always, it was delicious and filled our stomachs ready for a long day.
We then climbed upon our chariot buses and were led by horses (the bus engine) to our next destination, Sum – Ag National High School. There we were greeted by the banging of drums as we made our way past multitudes of screaming local students to meet our buddies for the day. With three thousand people crowding for photos, it got slightly hectic and most of us were separated from the main group and introduced to different departments of learning.
There was a lovely welcoming ceremony filled a mix of modern and cultural aspects that entertained throughout lunch. We were then split into groups of 4 or 5 and taught different classes about Australian culture (slangs, chants, etc.) After this, the boys went on to draw in a game of soccer while the girls battled it out in volleyball (while still failing) with the champion team of the school. After our final balloon tying session, the groups of extremely sweaty teenagers re-entered the chariots and proceeded back to the hotel for some showers and relaxation.
The whole team was treated to the most splendiferous dinner and entertainment while we got to say our final goodbyes to the ladies of SAO (Share an Opportunity) and team from His Life Ministries that we had gotten to know and love throughout our time in Tabao. We were able to give gifts to the local school run by IKTHUS and enjoy the fellowship and partnership between everyone involved in this trip. It was a fantastic way to end the evening and say farewell to those we have grown accustomed to having around.
Being young Christians is awesome but we are also at an age where we question things often; especially serious things like our faith. It’s times like these where our prayers to God changes from wants to things that actually matter. We’ve learnt to pray that our seeds of doubts in dull moments of our lives won’t fall into the fertile soil of our hearts. We pray that these seeds that grow into weeds won’t snuff out the life-giving plants that produce fruits of the spirit and nourish our souls. These are the moments we look back on to assure ourselves of the Lord’s presence and involvement in our everyday lives in an intricate way. We can’t imagine a life without God’s faithfulness and providence! That just would not be chill.
WE LOVE YOU JESUS! Thanks for always looking after us, we can always count on you xxxxx
Please continue to comment and pray as we prepare for the home stretch. We miss you all and are excited to see you all soon.
Beksie, Nins and Eva #dreamteam
Bek: hey again Family, I love you and miss you all. Wish I could have been there to put up the Christmas tree that I’m guessing you have already done. Can’t wait to see you all and eat some fruit again. Say hi to Anna and Ivan and Isabella as well as everyone at church. Xxxxx
Eva: Hey Mitch, I LOVE YOU.