I have now been in the PI for three weeks! It has been amazing, challenging, hard, fun…really about every descriptive word I can think of. This past weekend has been Kaamulan, where all of the municipalities of Bukdnon prepare a street performance with costumes, props, elaborate floats, drums, singing, and whatever else they can think of that represents their tribes. It shows their true culture and was amazing to experience. I have made a lot of friends and have had a great time going on adventures and experiencing God’s gift of friendship and fellowship.
I have also stated going on the village outreach and helping there. I hope someday soon I can open up a preschool out there for the little ones. I also had the opportunity to share what I will be doing and what my dream is to create here in the Philippines with the moms of the church during their small group time after church. I explained that I am studying early childhood development and that I would love to open up a preschool in town and out at the villages. They were all very excited and then one mom asked, “Will the preschool be free?” And I explained if I can raise enough support then that is the hope this it will be free. All of the mom’s faces beamed with joy! It was so encouraging to see their faces! I know God has so much in store for me and the people here. I cannot wait to be a part of it all!
The challenging part is of course being away from ‘home’…well where I am from. It’s hard to wrap my head around that I have two homes now, the home I was born and raised in and the home I live in now in Malaybalay. It kind of feels like I don’t have a real home anymore. I was at a Bible study last night and we were studying about how Jesus called people to drop everything they had and leave everyone they knew to follow Him. It is so hard, but I know that this is where God wants me and the timing of the Bible study was perfect. It doesn’t change the situation I am in about feeling out of place and very homesick, but it reassures me that this is what some people must do to follow what God is asking them to do even if it hurts.
Hopefully once my internet is worked out in the next few days, I will be able to respond to all the emails of encouragement and post updates more often! Thank you for all your prayers and support!