Today we all woke up mentally and physically drained due to the effects of Lugaw and working in the rice field. Everyone quickly cheered up once they saw the food Aunty Dinah served up for breakfast; however, this happiness would not last long once we figured out what we were all doing next. Once everyone had filled their stomachs full, we headed down to the IRC where we were all full of excitement to see the children that had brought us so much joy the day before. Once we had said our hello’s, Pastor Steve sat us down and told us what we would be doing during our time there.
On the first day, we went to IRC, Pastor Steve told us his mission’s philosophy was based off Matthew 25:35-36 ‘When I was naked you clothed me, when I was hungry you fed me.’ Yesterday was clothing the children and we found out today that we would be feeding them. Little did we know what this would entail. Pr Steve used funds that we provided through Mr Peakall to purchase six chickens and he added them to the 18 quails they had hand raised to provide for the IRC’s lunch. We were then instructed that we would kill, prepare and cook the animals. We split into 6 groups, each group was given one chicken and three quails. Unfortunately, a few people from each group got given the tasks of cutting the chickens’ neck. For those of us who didn’t have the stomach to handle it, many volunteers and children from the IRC were happy to help as we closed our eyes and turned away. There were even a few tears. We were amazed to see how comfortable the children were to watch and cheers us on as we killed them. The next step was to put the chicken into a pot of boiling water while holding the legs. After this, we plucked the chicken of all its feathers and began removing the skin and insides. Many of us (except Mr Peakall) couldn’t do this task (including Crush who stayed in his bed) so we handed the job onto the IRC helpers. Once the chicken was cleaned, we prepared it for cooking. The better half of the cooking was preparing the vegetables and cooking the meat in the pot over a camp-style fire.
When everyone thought it was over, they brought out three quails per group and revealed the news that it wasn’t over yet. We followed the same process of the chicken for the three quails which were then cooked over a fire on a spit. While we struggled with our job of feeding the IRC members, we understood this was an important duty and lesson that we can take with us moving forward.
We came back to Beulah land for showers and lunch, and when we found out it was chicken being served for lunch everyone was a bit unsure if they could stomach it after their experiences today.
After lunch, we headed to the local basketball courts for a friendly fellowship game. Our team consisted of Zac, Patrick, Ethan and five Filipino players. It was a close game as the ‘Australian’ team only lost by six points due to the help of their Filipino players. Although we lost everyone including Crush had many photos and laughs, especially when all the Filipino girls were crushing on Patrick.
After the basketball game, the group began to play a game of volleyball against their high school team… our team did not do to well and got laughed at. More laughs were had when Patrick came up to serve because of the female crowd chanting “Patrick, Patrick, Patrick”. The games came to an end and everyone was swarmed to get photos taken… some had more of a line than others. After all the photos were taken Patrick was given hats to hand out to the players, but instead, heaps of girls ran up to him screaming and crowded around him to score a hat from their favourite player.
For dinner, there was chicken served yet again, and you can imagine how everyone felt about this. We finished dinner and headed straight to a local prayer meeting/church service. This time consisted of Tiah and Katelyn sharing their testimony of their journey with Christ. We then split into groups to pray for the group members and for any prayer requests they had. Once we prayed, we had the honour to have witnessed the young kids perform a traditional dance they had prepared for us. The children also showed us ‘Tininkling’ which is a Filipino dance, some from our group even willing to give it a go including Sophie, Louise, Zac and Trent. None were as good as the children and many got laughed at.
As the meeting came to a close, we began setting up a service line to pack 600 bags of food for local families which consisted of rice, noodles and sardines. This took us about an hour and a half which wasn’t bad as we made a mistake with the amount of rice in the bags and had to go through them again. This wasn’t an easy task, but we all loved it as it was a very rewarding experience knowing the food was going to people in need. After all the 600 bags were packed a number of us learnt a song we will be performing on our last night in Cabacungan. Many songs were sung and then it was time to walk home and end our day.
P.S. Sorry for the detailed description of the preparation of the chicken…..:)
by Holly and Zac