God has been faithful.
We started out this morning with breakfast at the Hutchens. As usual we had a rich time of fellowship, talking about what God was saying and enjoying each other's company. The conversations seem a little richer as we knew our time in dumeguete was coming to a close.
We went to church after that. Praise and worship was awesome, and Pastor Thomas preached a message about having Jesus as your "Only". This Sunday was different as it was Family Sunday. We had lunch at the church and spent sometime with some of the members of the church and the bible college.
After church some of us laid down to rest and the rest of us went into town to do last minute shopping as we prepare for our trip home. Some of us went grocery shopping as we had fallen in love with Philippino food and wanted to prepare it when we got home. Others bought knockoff Dr. Dre beats headphones for the equivalent of $2. It was not for me
We got home in time for Sunday night service with Jerry preaching the night message. Jerry preached on being the Family of God where every joint supplies. The church responded well to the message. Unknown to us, the bible college students had planned a send off program, filled with songs and words of encouragement for us. The members of the church also laid hands on us and prayed for us. It was a Selah moment for me. Our lives will never be the same again. Our family had been extended and our hearts enlarged. This was all God's doing and He would have it no other way.
After the program, we shook hands and hugged almost everyone that was at the service that night. Kelly Liu took us out to dinner with the Hutchens, the Pino household, and some of the bible college students. Another American couple, Daniel and Angela Tate joined us. We enjoyed each other company and shared life together. This was our last night together as a team as Kelly was leaving early in the morning. Dr. Dan Liu had left a few days earlier.
Words cannot describe how this trip has changed my life and I probably speak for everyone. It has been a privilege to serve the church in Dumeguete and serve over 200 kids from several islands in the Philippines. We were also privileged to have served about 400 people during the medical camps.
I have been privileged to have served with this team. I have watched Aaron, Abigail, Audrey, and Joseph grow in ways that only God can orchestrate. They served their guts out and did it with smiles on their faces. I believe that we have grown in our love for God and His family. We will be making our trip home shortly. Thanks for all your prayers and support.