This Sunday started early as we temporarily said goodbye to the Montebello hotel in Cebu. We dressed to impress as the team headed to Quest fellowship Church where some of us played with the kids in Waumba Land & UpStreet and welcomed Ates and Kuyas in Guest Services, while others worshipped in Quest’s service. The sermon lead pastor Les discussed is something everyone in the room could relate to: being overwhelmed about things we cannot control. We learned there is a connection between the size of your worry and the size of your faith and that it’s okay to let go and let God, through the passage of Matthew 6:27-33. After service we had a quick lunch and went from fancy to comfy clothes to prepare for the long travel day ahead.
The four hour bus ride was filled with laughs, singing and even some flipping down to the ferry. After hearing a message saying the cure for worry was appreciating God’s creation, we all took a moment to stare in awe of the mountains tops, river valleys and many different animals we won’t be seeing back home. Even being across the world, our team finally feels at home with each other.
After finally getting to our destination, we were halfway to Bantayan as we boarded the ferry. The boat ride was filled with the same laughs as the bus, even when we rode into some rain. God shined onto the team through showers of rain during the entire ferry ride until seeing the sun rays shining onto Bantayan right as we turned up. We rode jeepney’s for the first time from the ferry to the beautiful resort of Anika upon the beach.
Seconds after arriving we rushed to the beach just as the sun was disappearing from the sky. Some of us made art in the sand and others played with the starfish and crabs. Before dinner, we took a dip in the pool and soon after the team delighted in delicious Adobo with stir-fry and smoothies.
Following dinner, the team and some of our Filipino friends worshipped with nothing but our voices and an acoustic guitar. It was amazing to hear our praise to our King so proudly. In large group we talked about how excited we were for the days ahead of us here on the island. We then split up into small group and we had two people share their life stories. After a long day, some of the team is now doing one on ones with each other telling their testimonies, some are getting ready for bed, and others are trying to get the World Cup on their TV. Thanks so much for the prayers and we’ll talk to you soon 🙂