Sunday – The day we celebrate God. We celebrated in ways of our own with two separate church services, one at Ikthus Cabacungan Baptist Church and the other at Ikthus Redeemed Community Church. Mr. Taylor spoke at the Baptist Church and Gift confidently shared her personal testimony. Jack and Siobhan performed ‘Oceans’ by Hill Song and ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
After lunch at Beulah Land, we travelled to the IRC centre where we once again showcased our balloon twisting skills, played some form of AFL and laughed with all the children with whom we have built relationships. The service started with a band performance; then many of the community leaders thanked us for our contribution over the past week and the blessing we were to the community. After the service, we had a food distribution, many photos and a few tears.
It was a joyous yet sad atmosphere on the bus ride back home, where we reminisced about our experiences with the children. We had a BBQ dinner on the lawn with all the staff. We had the opportunity to cook spring rolls and hotdogs.
We sang, laughed and enjoyed each other’s company before saying goodbye to Pastor Ely and staff.
Through God, amazing things happen. This was shown through Jack’s generosity. Jack brought his guitar with him on the trip, and he decided to donate his guitar to Pastor Day and Aunty Mayay, who own Beulah Land where we are staying. Later, we found out that the family had been praying for a guitar, which reinforced that we have been and will continue to make a difference throughout our trip.
Kaitlyn Jacques and Bryce Godfrey