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.
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Nathan van Keule and Kayte Conduit.