I have been back from the Philippines for just over one week. Two things that I have noticed about myself.
Every night while at Rehoboth, we had a group devotion time in which one of my team members lead us to reflect on God’s word, and what we were doing in the Philippines. It was a great time that helped me reflect on what I was doing while there, and back at home in the states. I spent my days and nights writing in my journal about the events of each day, but I wasn’t taking the time to reflect on those events. Sometimes it can be hard to do that while you are in the moment. That is why I am here now writing to you. I have found myself over the past few days, since my return, reflecting on everything that God showed me. The last night at Rehoboth, Josh McKenzie lead us in a night of reflection. This was a great time as we heard from everyone. It was inspiring to see what God had brought to everyone’s attention while on this mission trip.
As I went to work today, only to sit in an office alone, I couldn’t help but think of those I left behind in the Philippines. My heart was yearning to be with them to enjoy their company and laughs. I look up at the newly printed pictures plastering my desk at work, and am sad. I want to be back there shoveling dirt, hauling it away over and over again, and loving on the children. There is something exciting about digging around in dirt that can make one feel accomplished. As I fumbled through paperwork trying to get caught back up, my work didn’t seem as important as what I was doing the week before.
Mama Lilly Beth made our stay at Rehoboth very pleasant. A lady filled with God’s love and joy, she serves the children by cooking some splendid meals. She always carried a smile on her face and joy in her heart. We were always well feed and surprised with each new meal. We were able to celebrate her birthday with her on our last day in the Philippines. Lolo Jim gave her a dance and we all sang Happy Birthday in English. Then the workers and a few others sang it in Tagalog. Here are a few photos. Please enjoy.
The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions as we began to think about the fact that leaving was around the corner. For the most part, our time in the Philippines seemed to almost stand still or move very slowly. I thank God for that gift He gave us to enjoy what we were there doing. We knew that the time would come when we would have to leave, but we did not want to face it.
How do I even begin with all that happened today. It was an emotional journey today that opened our eyes to so many different things.
Brent and I had the privilege to take a day and spend it snowshoeing around Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday with some friends. We spent hours trekking around trails enjoying God’s wonderful creation of hotspots. It was quite the adventure, as we have never seen Yellowstone outside the context of summer. Snowshoeing has brought us a new view of God’s glory in which He has surrounded us. Please enjoy these photos.