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Hello from Boracay!
It’s that time of day once again that we get to share with you about our wonderful journeys for today! I will let Alex do most of the share but I will ask that you please continue to keep our team in prayer. We are right around the half-way mark of our trip which usually means that people are getting to a point of feeling really tired and possibly more prone to sickness. Our bodies are adjusting more and more each day which allows us to work harder, longer, and withstand the heat a little better which means we need to be more cautious about drinking enough and not getting sick.
So far we have been incredibly blessed on this trip when it comes to health, but we would ask that you all continue to pray for good health for the team as a whole. we are definitely bonding well with each other and the support we do show when someone is not feeling well is amazing. You should be very proud of the various members on this team!!
Thank you for your continued support and love for our team. Please remember that you are more than welcome to send emails to people on the team and I will be sure to share them with them.
Much love from Boracay,
An Update from Alex:
Happy Tuesday Morning back in the States! We have just finished out our 5th full day here on Boracay, and I can honestly say it was jam-packed. For the first time all trip, breakfast started at 8:00 am instead of the original 7:00 am, and we couldn’t have been happier about the extra hour of sleep. Speaking of food, we had another fantastic meal to start off our day. Unlike the other days when we have traveled to Panay, our construction was completed here on Boracay at the mission center.
The group was split into various stations that included moving sand, spackling, and twisting wires. Our boss, who we call “Boss Bong” expected us to just finish moving this one pile of sand for the whole day. Our team surprised Boss Bong with our incredible work rate. We not only finished the first pile of sand, but also the two other piles. We finished these three piles by lunch break.
We were all tired, but went back for more. Our team then proceeded for another two hours to exceed Boss Bong’s expectations. We brought up a pile of rebar to the second floor then cut and bended them exactly the way they wanted us too. Then, we finished picking up 70 pound bags of sand up two floors till the pile was gone. Needless to say we were a very tired team. We have found a groove and are able to work efficiently and together.
The rest of our day was much more relaxed as some of our group were able to go sun set sailing and the other did beach ministry. We had around 20 or so kids come to our beach ministry of playing soccer and swimming in the ocean. The sailing group had a nice long ride, because the wind was non-existent.
They rewarded our team with milkshakes from a local place called Jonah’s and that was a perfect way to end the night. Hope you can continue to keep us in your prayers and send those encouraging emails to each person on the team as they are read to the group. Still serving the Lord in the best way we can here in the Philippines. From all the team, thank you for your daily encouragement and support.
Alex and the entire Journey Team
Bec, Cheyenne and Heather reporting to you from the Vista House on Boracay. Today we finished our work at the school on Panay. We worked hard at making and pouring a cement floor for one of the classrooms they have been building. We had people carrying buckets of rocks and sand up to the top of a huge hill (we all got our leg workouts in for today) and we assisted in the making of and pouring of the cement. It was a humbling experience to see something be created that we know will be used to further education, and spread the Gospel. At dinner we all sat down and talked about how it was a bonding experience for our team because when you’re carrying heavy buckets up and down hills in the heat of a Filipino day, the thing that kept us going was the encouragement passed between teammates. Bong, the construction man in charge, had very high expectations for our team and we knew we passed his test because he allowed us to finish early!
Later in the afternoon, we (Heather and their feeding site team) split up into two different teams. Our team went sunset sailing with the Red Pirates. It was a calm evening and we didn’t have a lot of wind, however, it was such an amazing opportunity to be able to sit on a sailboat and see God’s beautiful creations all around us. The water was warm and so clear, we could see down to the bottom, and before we knew it, the sun was setting a beautiful pink color. It was a relaxing ending to a very eventful day.
Bec and I (Cheyenne) were a part of the second group. Our afternoon and evening were to consist of sports ministry down on the beach. Due to our sports manager Clod not feeling well, we were unable to do that. But, as our team’s saying has become, expect the unexpected. We found some kids we had been playing basketball with and played down on the beach with them. Most of the kids and us students too ran straight for the water and began swimming far out but one kid who was around 15 years old didn’t. Jacob Watson was able to sit down with him and talk to him about all sorts of things from favorite sports teams to favorite foods to God. As he said to us at dinner tonight, it’s in our natural instinct to gravitate towards the younger kids who are cuter and bubbly and jumping all over us but sometimes it’s the older ones who God wants us to reach out to and plant a seed.
Tomorrow is a new day that everybody on the team is excited for. For the first time since we got here, we are staying on Boracay to do some different work on the island. We are all excited to see what the Lord has planned for our last week here. We thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging emails! Please feel free to keep sending us messages, we enjoy hearing from our loved ones at our meal times.
Heather, Cheyenne, Bec, and the rest of the Philippines 2014 team!
Family and friends,
Greetings from the Philippines! We are so thankful for all that has happened while we have been here in the Philippines. We have been amazed at the beauty to be found here, from the gorgeous sunsets over the mountains and ocean to the humble beauty of the simple way of life. I have been humbled over the fact that in spite of what we Americans would view as lack and poor living, the joy and the happiness of the Filipino people.
Today, we had the opportunity to go to a local Filipino church and worship with them. The pastor shared from 1 Peter 2 in a message called “An Inspired Description of the Church.” This was also really cool in an ironic way since while we were at breakfast, Scott challenged us with a devotional thought from the same passage. Going to this church was an awesome reminder of the fact that while we live in a completely different culture than the locals, we worship and serve the same God. It was definitely a highlight of the day when a few of us sat to the side with a few of the Filipinos and sang some acoustic songs together.
We met this awesome little boy named Joseph, who quickly became attached to everyone’s hips. He enjoyed taking selfies on all of our cameras, and would climb up onto our shoulders and ride around. Don’t worry, Joseph will pop up more throughout this email.
After leaving church, we took a long hike up a steep and winding mountain trail to go to a local waterfall where we had the chance to go swimming. This was a good time to take a little break and refresh ourselves for the rest of the day. We then went down the path again to go play some basketball with some people from the Ati tribe. After a close, back and forth game, we won the game 30-29 on Tyler Smith’s game ending 3-pointer. During the game, it was so cool to hear little Joseph cheer, “LBC! LBC!”
One of my personal highlights from the day came as we were hiking down the path. Someone told Joseph to say hi to Jacob, and I heard Joseph yell, “Hi Jacob! What’s your name, Jacob?” The team couldn’t help but laugh at him. He also began to chant, “USA! USA!” on the way down the mountain. Another great highlight from the whole trip is just seeing kids lined up along the streets, just to watch us pass by. All we have to do is smile and wave at them, and their faces light up in joy. It’s so awesome to see how something so simple can bring such happiness to people.
In closing, I would like to thank you all for your prayers and support. This trip would most definitely not be possible without you. As much as we love serving here, we also love getting to share it with you all through these emails. Also, thank you so much for the emails that you have been sending. We love being able to hear them. I’d encourage you all to keep sending them, for they encourage us to keep going. We thank and love you all.
With love from the Philippines,