Elisabeth Elliot once said, if you ever come to a crossraod in life and have a choice of an easy raod or a hard road, always choose the hard road. That is the way the Master walke. His road always included a cross.
Everyday here is an adventure.
The adventure becomes slightly less romantic the 40th something time I have rice, you have to use the outhouse in the middle of the night and your thighs hurt from squatting; there is a GIANT cockroach in the bed; you get leg cramps at night because the room is so small you can't stretch your legs; and the people don't see a need for our Savior.
We made it to our village Tuesday-Lamosig. I was so sad to leave all of my friends from the team but I was ready. I have been mentally preparing for the village and it was finally time. The road to the village was not as bad as it could have been but it was rouggghh. We rode on a habble habble (dirt bike w/ wings). Our team unity is growing but it still needs some work. It is hard to get to work together sometimes when you are together every waking moment, dealing with exhaustion and spiritual warfare. There has been a lot going on. The first our translator was sick. The second day there was a "fiesta"-lots of cock fighting, drinking and gambling. The next day it rained all afternoon. Kuya Bong and Trent brought us letters from the other village on Thursday-I was SO excited. Our host family is precious! They have offered us everything they have. It has been such a humbling experience-It is more than I ever expected. Filtered water is a commodity-we have a tiny pump for filtering. The village people just have to drink the water and many of them die from bacteria related diarrhea each month. 1 pump from the filter=tiny squirt.We have been bathing in the river. The only real food source that they have is "sweet potato" (Filipino Style). There are many health needs-UTI's left untreated turn horribly wrong. We will be hosting a medical team (doctor and dentist) on Tuesday-there will be a free clinic and we will be able to assist. Circumcisions are planned for July 4th. I will miss home that day-It is one of my favorite family holidays. Continue to pray for us-I am so encouraged by all the message that you have left and the thoughts my family has shared with me!
Papaw-I love you! Please feel better, and get a BIG hug from my mama. I am sending one all the way from the other side of the world!! I can't wait to see you. xoxox
More updates soon!!