I met this beautiful little girl on a feeding a couple days ago. She is super crazy and full of energy! I asked her what her name was and she said very simply, “Princess.” It made me smile. Advertisements
This picture is of a five year old little girl named Mia Pearl who I met in Mindanao. As I was sitting with her and taking pictures, the pastor that was with me told me her story. He said her … Continue reading →
This past week I spent in Mindanao, another main island in the Philippines. I spent five days in Malaybalay, and almost three in Cagayan de Oro. In Malaybalay, I spent most of the time with the kids at our children’s home and experiencing the culture in so many different ways. We took it pretty easy the first few days but Saturday was full of so many great experiences! Saturday morning I got to be a part of the outreach ministry they have in Malaybalay. We go out to a place that is like a village and do Bible studies with the people there. I got to share my testimony with the adult’s bible study and spend time talking, playing games, singing, and taking tons of pictures with the kids. I had an amazing time! In the afternoon we helped with the AWANA program they have set up. It was really fun to be with so many kids and spend time focusing on God with all of them. Then, in the evening, we really got a taste…quite literally…of the Philippines. We tried balut! Balut is a partially developed duck egg embryo. The taste was not so bad, but the texture was hard to get over. Let’s just say I will probably not be eating it again anytime soon.
After church on Sunday, we headed to Cagayan de Oro and spent time helping out the street ministry Kids International Ministries is starting up. It is so hard to see kids grow up on the streets. Kids should not have to worry about what their next meal is or where they are going to sleep that night. All they should have to think about is being a kid. They miss the chance to be able to just grow up. It breaks my heart that they miss this time of life that should be fun and carefree, not about learning to survive. My trip to Mindanao was absolutely wonderful. I am already planning on going back soon!
This morning we went on a feeding to Angono. I have previously posted pictures with a description of how the people’s living conditions are in the evacuation center, but today I experienced where people are still living in their flooded shacks. Another volunteer, Shad, and I walked down to where the flooding begins and a guy offered to take us on his little wood boat to see all of the houses…so we went! It is amazing how the people are living there. Some areas the water is probably more than five feet deep, but people still live in their houses.
It is hard to describe the emotions that I felt. I have tried to tell people about my experience, but I just haven’t been able to find the words to explain it. The only word that pops up in my head is lonely. Even though there were people all around, it just seems so lonely out there. This word has stuck in my head all day so I have been looking at verses about loneliness. It is so easy to feel alone in many different situations. I find myself feeling lonely over here in the Philippines because I am so far away from my family and friends. But I need to remember that I am never alone! God is always with me. One of the verses that I came across is Psalm 68:6, “God makes a home for the lonely…” It is such a simple statement, but so powerful. It does not matter where I am on this Earth, I will always have a home in God. I pray that the people of Angono will find their home in God also.
We were on a feeding on Monday, and this kid walks up with this mask on! He wasn’t acting all goofy and messing around like most kids do when they have masks or costumes on…it just seemed like an everyday … Continue reading →