The time is roughly midnight, and the plane has touched down in Cebu City, Philippines. After 30 plus hours of travel, all 41 students and leaders made it safely. We were greeted by some of our Quest Fellowship friends at the airport and fresh welcome juice at Montebello. Most everyone was asleep by around 3:00 am. Fast forward a few short hours and doors were being knocked on at 7 am for our wakeup call! And then we were all back together around the breakfast table. Breakfast consisted of fettuccini alfredo with bacon pieces, FRESH watermelon juice, AND the greatest omlets in the world. A great combo, I know. The buses arrived around 7:30 so we could be on the road promptly by 8 am. To our advantage… the buses had air conditioning!!! Thank you Jesus! And we were on the final leg of our travels to Bantayan.
The bus ride was about 4 hours from Montebello to the ferry. We were in awe of the world and the life going on outside of our bus windows. We traveled to the outskirts of the city, and through the country. It was the best of both worlds. It was hard to take our eyes away from the beautiful scenery and the culture of this place. It was impossible to not just be in awe of what God has created here in the Philippines. It can be easy to miss what a wonderful maker He is in urbanized, developed places like Forsyth County, but it is so clear to see here.
We got SUPER lucky when we arrived at the ferry. It’s normal to have an hour or so wait to get on the boat, but today we got off the buses and got right onto the ferry to set sail to our final destination. Sweet Saralee made us all sack lunches for the boat ride that consisted of a sandwich, an apple, a bag of chips, and a water. She’s the best.
We arrived at Anika around 1 pm, which left us with much time to explore this resort and get some much needed rest & relaxation!!! We swam in the ocean, made friends with all the starfish and crabs, swam in the pool, drank the famous SMOOTHIES, we took showers, and took some real good naps. You should’ve seen us after the napping. Let’s just say, the dinner table was a little quiet tonight… We were served spaghetti for dinner. The night was concluded with cultural orientation and worship.
We are so thankful to be here! We are so so excited for tomorrow- our first work day at the school and getting to meet all of the kids!!! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Looking forward to sharing what tomorrow holds!
Thanks for tuning in! Much love, Emma and Jackson
P.S. It’s only been 3 days. But we already miss you guys.