This morning we woke up to the sounds of roosters at 7:00 am, a generous sleep in! After munching down muffins, fried rice and fruit for breakfast, we gathered all of our supplies ready for today’s adventure. As today was Sunday, we had a break from our usual schedule of painting and tutoring to attend a church service at the Malay Gospel Church. It was a new and interesting experience for some, with the service being the first for many of our team members. After singing numerous amounts of gospel songs, prayers and personal testimonies, our next destination included a hot, crowded bus ride and a mountain hike full with beautiful scenes of lush greenery and raging rapids. The boys (Trevin, Jacob, Josh, Mr. Beacham, Keegan and Mr. Puzey) played a vigorous game of basketball against the boys of the local community, and for once saw a victory! Then came a challenge for some… the handmade bamboo bridge that was around 1 foot wide, wobbling over the rocky water. We all saw it to the other end, and it was awesome seeing people challenge their fears. After a slight drizzle, we all swam, fully clothed, in the refreshing rapids. The water was exceptionally clear, and many of this years new team members really enjoyed the new experience. We unloaded all of the supplies for the children, including sanitary items and toys, blew up some balloon animals and participated in the feeding program which all went by in a flash. It was a great thing to see all the children’s faces light up with their new gifts and its a nice reminder why we all chose to come on the trip. For dinner this evening we ate at the well known ‘Jollibee” (the equivalent to Maccas back home), and had an impressive receipt afterwards! We were split into 4-5 groups and were given a challenge; to find something personalised, something to wear and something that was ‘out of the box’). There were many interesting and slightly disturbing items that we all found, with Josh, Jaime and Trevin getting into their more ‘feminine sides’. This activity was a great chance to bond with some people we didn’t usually hang out with, and was definitely a night to remember filled with many, many laughs. Jaime was the victor, and we will never forget his bright pink speedos.
Catch you later! Written by Hannah (with the supervision of Jaime and Jacob who ‘wrote the whole thing’.)