Well, today was our last day on the trip. Tomorrow morning, we wake up, head to the airport, and spend the day flying back to the Western Hemisphere. If all goes according to plan and we make all of our connections without delays, we should all be home safe and sound in time to see Tom Brady win his 4th Super Bowl (he’s a Bay Area kid, so I have to root for him). Yep… my mind is on America again.
It’s weird to think about the Super Bowl because it’s such a big event in our country. Everyone tunes in (even those who don’t even like sports, but love funny commercials) and we stuff ourselves with whatever various pieces of deliciousness that we can get our hands on. What makes it weird is that we’ve just spent the last week in the Philippines, feeding kids that don’t have any food. I don’t say this to make you feel convicted. That’s not my job. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts. I’m saying this to make you feel grateful for what you have.
Enough of America. We had a busy day here in the Philippines and there’s much to share. The morning started off bright and early with a children’s program. We sang songs, worked on activities, and shared our Big Red Tractor story (complete with puppets and the return of the balloon tractor). It was a fun time. After that, we went straight to another feeding. This time it was in the middle of the projects. This was our third feeding trip and it’s interesting to observing the behaviors of the kids in each one. For example, the kids today were a lot more organized and well-behaved than the ones we fed yesterday on the trash mountain. It makes sense, though. The kids who live up on the hill are fighting for survival. In each place, however, the kids still need food and we got to be the ones to help provide it.
A couple hours later, we were back at the ministry center, holding another weekend youth group. Holly, Kara, and I led worship again before Damien went up to share his testimony. These Stasiewich kids have really stepped up to the plate on this entire trip. You should be proud of them. Once the son was done sharing, Papa Stasiewich (er… Brian) got up and shared. One of the great things about this trip has been that I’ve gotten to hear people share their testimonies and messages that I normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to hear. Each and every one of them has been great.
Directly after the youth group, we got to play some fun activities with the kids. For me, this meant playing basketball with the high school boys. It’s crazy how much this country loves basketball. You can’t go more than 100 yards without seeing a hoop of some sort and a group of people playing with it. It made me smile every time I saw one (you can ask my wife, I’m borderline obsessed with basketball… only she might not say “borderline”). It was quite the spectacle playing with these kids. I don’t think they’ve ever played with someone as tall as I am before. It was fun.
While that was happening, some of the girls played volleyball and did some other activities (I’ll be honest, I have no idea what they were actually doing). It was a time for us to get out and spend time connecting with the students (a good number of them were ones that we (YOU) sponsor. They loved it. We loved it. It was a grand ol’ time and a great way to end our time of ministry here.
It’s hard for me to write tonight without wanting to recap our entire time here. I’ll do that another day when I get a chance to really think about and process everything we’ve done. For tonight, I’m going to leave it at this (partly because it’s our last night and people are waiting for me to play some games with them).
I hope you all have a great day today. Enjoy the nice weather (that I’ve been told you’ve been having), and feel blessed, because you are.