On our second Friday morning, Coach Clod told us that today we made history by being the first chapel that the MASA school at the Ati community had ever held. The school is only two years old and has 4 grades.  They decided it was time to begin a weekly chapel program and asked if we would be the first. We did our puppets, sang and danced with the children and Reba told a story that one of the teachers translated.  We concluded the program with Awesome God and Rise Up.
OBI then split and most went into the classroom where they helped with an art project while a few went to an area where they tutored students on their letters, sight words and reading English. We helped them get ready and serve their hot lunch, which is provided to all the students at the school every day.  “Recess” time was play with OBI time and they loved it.  Then the children were back at school.
After lunch we went up to their classrooms and made wordless bracelets with them for their art time.  We told them the meaning of the colors and in the younger class they taught them a song to go along. Next it was gym class where we helped Coach teach them how to play dodge ball.   Grade one played grade two and grade two won. Then grade two played grade three and they won again. They lost to grade four who then played the teachers and won!  Lots of laughs and excitement.  They really enjoyed the competition.  After they went back to class, we got a short tour of the Ati community before heading out.
Coach took us to a local stream where we hiked up-stream to a place where the water is clear and deep. The water was refreshing and the rock jumping fun! Then we hiked back to the car, changed and got ready to go to the feeding back at the big blue church by the school.  We stopped first at the basketball court the school owns where Coach Clod teaches basics of basketball to the boys in the community.  The court consists of two hoops hung from a tree at each end and a cleared, semi-level dirt area.
Clod then introduced us to the Chief of the community.  He is not only their Chief, but is the representative for all the Ati to the Philippine government.  He travels to the Ati people and hears their needs, which are great, and then brings his requests to government.
We returned to the school area and were greeted by the children who instantly began to play.  We were able to play for about a half hour before we found out that something went wrong again and there was no food for that site again.  We were sad, but had to pack up and leave to head back to the other island.
After supper we caught two trikes and rode in to a local favorite, Jonah’s Shakes.  We all enjoyed a wonderful shake, then walked the strip back to our lodging.  What a long, but great day.
Thanks for praying!!  Love to all

Ati children sing a song at chapel

Ati children sing a song at chapel


Ati school chapel service

Ati school chapel service


Dodge ball

Dodge ball


They love to climb on Robby

They love to climb on Robby


Reba joins in their game

Reba joins in their game


Braiding Dani's hair

Braiding Dani’s hair


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Vitamins and silly bands

Vitamins and silly bands


It's hard to say goodbye

It’s hard to say goodbye