Below is a personal update from Jade Landis, leader of the 2014 Operation Barnabas International team! Please continue to pray for them as they are just beginning their weeks of ministry in the Philippines. If you missed the last update, click here.
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Good Morning from Boracay! God has been so faithful and our team arrived to Boracay Tuesday morning after 48 hours of travel. Leading a team of 7 teenagers through customs and immigration was definitely difficult but each of them did extremely well. Our first day here was spent relaxing and then a feeding site. Feeding sites are where we go into a village and play games, sing songs, teach a bible story, feed, and clean the wounds of the children there. It has been a highlight of each of my trips! Yesterday our team was able to get our first glimpse of manual labor and construction here. We worked hard to move and level the dirt beside their basketball court. They currently have a half court built and are working towards building the other half. Our job is to work to move and level that dirt so that they can finish building. Our team worked extremely hard but it was most rewarding when a few of the children joined us after they were out of school.
With each of my trips I find myself loving this culture more and more. One of the greatest things about the Filipinos is their generosity. Though they have so little, they are so quick to give. Not only do they give materials but they give of their time. In America our time is so precious to us so we struggle to give it to those around us. This is not the case in the Philippines! They want to get to know you and they want to help you. It is a daily challenge to me to be a person who is quick to give of my time and resources to those around me! Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for our physical health as the days are long and hot. And continue to pray for wisdom as I lead this team both logistically and spiritually. Thank you for your support!