This Sunday morning was more than just an ordinary morning as it was Ellie Edwards’ birthday. The girls woke up especially early to wish her a happy birthday; then we were treated with an amazing breakfast consisting of pancakes, bacon and rice. We then dressed in our ‘Sunday best’ and headed out to a local church run by Pastor Ely who invited Alannah, Jack, Mary, Rhiannon and Mrs Ford to perform ‘King of my Heart,’ which is a song that they have been practising since we arrived in Cabacungan. I, Mark, was also offered the chance to share my testimony with the church just before Mr Taylor preached his message on Trusting God with control over our lives. Nathan and Mary performed a short skit depicting the narrative of Mr Taylor’s message where Nathan played Jesus and Mary played a young girl that had just accepted Jesus into her life. The sermon was about how we only let Jesus take control when it is convenient to us, but “leaning on our own understanding” the rest of the time.
After the church service, we had lunch and then headed out to the IRC for an afternoon church service with the locals and some of the children that live there. There was plenty of singing and dancing with Alannah, Jack, Mary, Rhiannon, and Mrs Ford performing ‘King of my Heart’ again, as well as ‘Every move I make’. We also joined in singing well known songs, but in the local dialect. It was truly an amazing experience and the children loved listening to us stumble over the words. Afterwards, we participated in the distribution of food to the locals and played games with the kids.
And what better way to end the day with an absolutely beautiful 18th birthday party that Aunty Maya prepared for Ellie. She was treated to a Filipino tradition called Debutant, which celebrates the growth from a girl to a young woman. The ceremony involved all the boys handing her roses and dancing with her, as well as all the girls showering her with praise. Then for the BIG FINALE we all ate like kings: spaghetti, rice, fried chicken, bread, fish and a WHOLE ROAST PIG. To our surprise, we were also given an astounding, mind-blowing dance in which the dancers wore costumes with LED lights. It was truly an eventful way to end a wonderful day.
– Kaitlyn and Mark
Reply to comments:
Mr Taylor and Mrs Kelava to Bruno and Leanne – painting is charged at a premium rate. All monies raised will go towards next year’s fund raising 🙂
Ellie Edwards – Thank you everybody for the Birthday wishes I had a great night.
Alissa to Dad –Looking forward to the race update….oh yeah and also cant wait Ziggy