Monday morning back to Agape School for construction. We were met with a welcome surprise as three of the girls got to go up and tutor. Karli, Reba, and Tori all got to spend three hours teaching English to different students. The rest of us spent our time doing a bucket brigade, yet again moving the rest of the rock pile from the ground floor to the back of the second floor.
At 2:45 we met up at the Vista to head off to the public school feeding. This time we were in the grade 3 classroom with Auti Candy our representative from the church. This classroom held about 55 students at tables. Their backpacks hold all their school supplies and sit on the back of each chair. Some of the students recognized us from feeding sites in their neighborhoods and even remembered our names. This made it even more fun since some of them had already heard and seen what we do. But the difference was that they were singing along and laughing and thoroughly enjoying the fun.
You know what pipe cleaners are, those colorful little wire things you make crafts with? We took them to the school and just twisted them into bracelets or silly glasses and the children were just thrilled. They got such joy out of something so simple.
Then when it was time for the food, they all get their bowls out of their backpacks and a spoon and are served their meal. Some of the children had to share bowls and spoons. But not one complaint, just smiles and lots of thank yous. What a joy to be able to provide a meal and teach them about Jesus in the public school setting.
After the food, we wend outside and played with the children. Reba got involved with a group playing games, and Rob had a group of boys playing rough and tumble with him. Dani had a little group of girls just talking and teaching her Tagalog words while the others watched on. I, Tammie, got a chance to talk with Auti Candy and hear her story of how she became a Christ follower. That is one thing I really enjoy as I talk to the people here, hearing their stories and what Christ has done in their lives.
We piled 8 of us onto a trike and rode back to our rooms. I wonder if the driver thought it was strange? Only in the Philippines 🙂
Tonight was a magnificent sunset yet again. I will never grow tired of the view and God’s beautiful creation. We stand in awe of Him!
Tonight we will have a team time to debrief about our day and to hear what God is teaching us. I look forward to hearing them share and wrestle with hard things they see here. We will never be the same…praise Jesus.