Day 4 – Journey to Cabacungan

This morning we woke up around 6 am to get ready for our adventure. We packed our bags and made our way downstairs to have breakfast. At about 8 we hopped on the bus to Cabacungan, arriving at 11. The scenery was beautiful and the people were so friendly. We drove up to a white fenced house called Buelah Land where we were welcomed by Pastor Day, Aunty Maya and Aunty Dinah. After finding our rooms and exploring the house, we had lunch, which was delicious.

After lunch we jumped on the bus, and headed off to our first destination, IRC Cabacungan. This is a place where Pastor Steve looks after 38 children, caring for them. A crowd of smiling faces holding an Ellenbrook Christian College welcome sign greeted us.

During orientation, Casey became excited about the pet monkey, but she soon found out she wasn’t safe from its grasp! Being just under a meter away, she felt a slight tug on her hair as the monkey stole her sunnies. We spent time playing with the children before starting our first activity.

We made 60 bricks from scratch. We collected the stones, mixed the cement with dirt by adding water to make it a thick consistency. The cement got placed into molds and were laid out to dry.

Tonight at the local church, we listened to people’s testimonies and about their journey with God. We split into four groups and played an interactive game based on a video we had watched. After singing, dancing and playing games we were privileged to pack 756 bags of food. In the parcels we packed cans of sardines, noodles and large scoop of rice. This was mayhem; together we were running around the hall bagging up food. The atmosphere was electric, exciting and really invigorating. We all worked together getting the food parcels ready.

Thank you for the comments and please keep them coming.

Nathan van Keule and Kayte Conduit.

10 thoughts on “Day 4 – Journey to Cabacungan

  1. Very excited for you all. Great to see so many smiles and the joy on your faces. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the adventure. Great seeing all the photos. Take Care, and watch out for cheeky monkey’s!

  3. Looks like an amazing adventure so far. I’m keeping a list of your newly acquired skills Katelyn and may have to put them to use when you return 😘

  4. Glad to hear that so far you have had positive experiences and that you feel like you are making a difference to the people you have interacted with. Scenery looks amazing.

  5. Oh My goodness! You guys look like you are having the time of your lives!! PS: I feel like i’m the only person who isn’t a parent who comments! 😂 You guys are all amazing!!

  6. It’s been great that the entries are being written by different people, I love reading the different perspectives. It looks like you are having a great time. I’m sure it’s been quite a culture shock, but you all seem to be handling it so well! Very proud to have you guys representing ECC. A special “hello!” to Mrs Hay and Mrs Murray, your departments miss you!!!

  7. Love the cheeky monkey story!! The locals seem so welcoming, generous and joyful. A good reminder that lots of “stuff” doesn’t equal happiness. The updates are great and we’re really proud of you all. The impact you will make with the people you visit will be talked about long after you have left.

  8. I look forward to the updates every day. So glad you are all having a great time. Thinking of you all xx Love all the photos too!! Keep them coming!!

  9. Wow, hard to believe that you have done so much in such a short space of time. The photo’s are great and it is clear their is a great deal of joy for you and the communities. We are praying for all of you. God Bless

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