Journal Entry: July 7, 2011
In the clouds with students who had never seen a white person
Went up the mountain today with Jim Jem. A local pastor from the area saw us hiking up the road and gave us a ride to the elementary school. The kids once again, like yesterday, had never seen a white person before. When we got to the school, the principal rang a huge cow bell that called in all the parents and the neighbor filipinos on the mountain to come in and meet Jim Jem and I. I couldn’t get pics with the students until after I shared the gospel. Again, they would run and scream, standing 15 yards back watching me. I had a chance to meet a woman who was considered head of their what would be our PTA, she was really nice, working the veggie gardens at the school and the families and students arrived for the day. We were so high up that I was literally sharing the gospel with clouds rolling by all around us. Another amazing experience provided by God!
boiling eggs in volcanic hot springs
Later that afternoon we went with Lolo Bato (aka Papa Stone, aka Pastor Charles Stone) to a hot spring and boiled eggs. I have never done anything like that, it was so much fun! I seriously feel so blessed, God keeps giving me these incredible experiences that will stay with me my whole life.
Pastor Stone, Pastor Morris, me, Carolina and Pastor Charlie at the hot springs
Journal Entry: July 6, 2011
crossing the bridge to the rice fields
the narrow paths in the woods
Today has been one of the best days of my life. I was put in a group with Dana and Pastor Phil. I started at a school by myself with Pastor Arnold sharing the gospel with 1500+ high schoolers. Then we traveled up the mountain where I at some ‘mystery meat’ before giving what was left to the roaming dogs. I had no idea God was preparing something so special for us after lunch. The clouds got dark and started to swell with rain as we made our way to this awesome bridge. We left our jeepney and started to cross the bridge in the rain. As we crossed the river I truly knew I was experiencing a gift from God. After crossing we walked trails that reminded me of hiking the Appalachian Trail… we took narrow winding paths through trees right on the edge of the cliff.
hoping the fence to enter the rice fields
caraboa working in the rice fields in the rain
After the woods it opened up to a huge and beautiful rice field. We had to hop fences and walk through a huge rice field filled with pigs, caraboa, goats and chickens. It was amazing and I could experience God everywhere around me as it rained on us. The caraboa was plowing through the rice fields with a filipino man in a raincoat, the pigs and piglets were running around us hoping to get food, some pigs were hiding under roofs to try to beat the rain along with goats, chickens and roosters.
Forty-five minutes later we finally made it to the school. When I walked in, the children all screamed and ran away from me. I had no idea what was going on or what I did that scared them. Then their teacher laughed and said that her students had never seen a person with white skin before. The children literally ran, hiding in corners, left the classroom and were watching me from outside the windows. One brave boy finally decided he would accept my offer of a high-five. He slowly walked toward me, slapped my hand and ran away as quick as possible while the other students screamed and laughed. It was amazing to see how after sharing the gospel and the love of Jesus the children were not scared anymore. They knew we came to spread love, hope, mercy and grace. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. I will be forever blessed to our Lord for using me to be a part of the children’s journey to know Him.
the children running away from me because they had never seen a person with white skin before
mama and baby pigs begging for food
Journal Entry: July 5, 2011
Mountain side basketball
Sitting at my first school for the day… about to share the gospel at a flag ceremony with 690+ students. I have so much to share though in a short amount of time. Our jeepney broke down yesterday at a school and we were stranded for about an hour. It turned out to be a blessing because it gave us an opportunity for Carolina and I to play basketball with the kids on the side of the mountain. We were able to talk a lot more with the children about our faith and what Jesus has done for us and before we left a young girl named Lea Mae walked up to me and gave me a note, she then took of her heart necklace from around her neck and gave it to me. The note was so sweet, she thanked me for visiting her school and she wanted me to know she had accepted Christ that day. She was so appreciative she wanted to give me her necklace. I kept asking if she was sure she wanted me to have it and she insisted. I was hesitant to take it because I know it was the nicest thing she probably had. I was not wearing any jewelry but I was wearing one of my favorite headbands, so I took it off and gave it to her. Another little girl had been making me a bracelet while we waited for our jeepney to be fixed. She couldn’t speak english but it was so sweet when she stretched out her little hand to hand me a beaded bracelet she had strung. It meant so much to me. And I will treasure these gifts more than gold for the rest of my life.
Lae Mae after giving me her sweet note and necklace.
Being silly with the children while waiting for our jeepney to be fixed.
Last night, Pastor Stone also gave me a salvation bracelet he had made in Baguio City. The beads tell the story of Christ and I cant wait to get home and to have people compliment me or ask about my bracelet so I can use it as an opportunity to share the gospel!!