Friday was our last day on the island and it was met with many mixed emotions.  It has been amazing to be here helping to minister to the needs of these sweet and loving people.  It has been heartbreaking to see the needs of the people and especially the children.  Contrast that with the incredible beauty of the beach, the sunsets and the clear blue ocean that attract the tourists who only think of themselves. We have been blessed to work with the staff there and to see their heart for the people here.
Our day began with a new task.  Since we completed the wall they could now take down their make-shift  wall that would kind of keep the water from flooding the school. Now that our concrete walls are done, the fear of that is gone.  So cool!  We then had to take from a pile of rock that was at the side of the school and make a line to transfer these rocks up the hill to the back and over the fence.  From there we took that pile and handed them up to the workers who put them behind our concrete wall to back fill.  Yep, more hard work.  Reba, Tori, & Karli got to go in and be with the preschool students as the other students had testing again.  Before we left, we gave the construction crew each OBI shirts.
We took the afternoon off after that so that we could finish packing, shopping and giving out some more extra OBI shirts. The sky was dark and you could see that a storm was brewing over Panai Island.  This made the waves high and fun.  Dan set it up so we could go sailing one more time before we had to leave so as soon as the West Valley group got back from their sail, we were up.  We boarded the boat and took off,  The waves were crashing and soaking us all.  We were laughing and having a great time for about 10 minutes, then the boat broke down and we had to return to shore.  🙁  But at least we had fun anyway.
We said our goodbyes and then went downstairs to Coach Clod’s house for some ice cream and conversation. He and his wife shared their testimony and their vision for the people on the islands.  What a blessing!
We hit the shopping area one last time for a late night and Steven, Alec and Rob decided to try balut.  Oh my! They will have stories to tell.
Up at 5am for our transport to the airport then we have several hours in Manilla before flying back to the US.  Talk to you state-side.

Rock pile brigade

Rock pile brigade


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Our construction crew.

Our construction crew.


Eileen - Best cook!

Eileen – Best cook!


Esidrio - Best driver on Boracay!

Esidrio – Best driver on Boracay!


Saying goodbye to Olivia

Saying goodbye to Olivia