OBI 7/7 Early Morning-Fantastic Day
Our second Sunday here on the island began with a 5:30am meeting before we headed up for breakfast, then off to Caticlan Island for a 7am service with Pastor Peter. We did our choir song, our speech choir and pantomime. Jared shared what God has been teaching him from the Word and Tammie sang a song. We enjoyed a message by a Southern Baptist Missionary that has been traveling the islands holding services. We were back on Boracay by 9:45 and some of us went ahead and caught the service at the Rock where the Los Altos, California church was performing and preaching.
We had a date with Alex, a sunglasses salesman, at our hotel and most of us bought sunglasses from him. Alex has a pretty small English vocabulary so communicating with him is difficult. Liv has been trying to build a relationship with him and inviting him to church, but he works every day. He is about 17 years old but can’t go back home because his family tried to kill him the last time he was there. (We don’t know why.) We took the opportunity to pray with him after our purchases were complete. Would you join us in praying that the Lord would open his heart to the gospel? (and bring someone to share with him in his language)
We met Coach Clod at 1:30 and headed back over to Caticlan Island where we rode about an hour up into the mountains until a vehicle could no longer travel then we hiked about 20 minutes up the trail to a village of Ati. This was deep into the jungle and the surroundings were breathtaking. Pineapples grown on the side of the mountain, rice fields up on the hills and a stream flowing down from the top. It began raining just as we started up the mountain and soon was a downpour. Needless to say, we were soaked through by the time we reached the village. We were greeted with open arms and lovely smiles from the people of the village. They were under a nepa hut weaving handbags that they would take to the market. We dropped our packs and hiked about another 10 minutes up to a waterfall where we swam and jumped off rocks into the deep waters. The water was so refreshing and since we were already drenched it was just fun! About 10 or 12 of the children joined us on our adventure and laughed at our bamboo walking skills.
When we returned to the village, the people were waiting for us so we quickly changed and began our program for them. Even the Chief was doing “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” along with us. Young and old alike were dancing and laughing at our puppets. Coach Clod joined us on a puppet song too! Lots of laughter and a great time at this feeding site. We are the first team ever to trek to this village because it is so rough getting there. We are the “Team of Firsts” Before we left the village we went back to the place where their handbags were and bought some for gifts at home.
Weary as we are, it was an awesome day and we have been blessed to have been a part of sharing Christ to the least of these.
Off to bed, construction awaits us tomorrow. 🙂