A Recap of my Journey to the Philippines

Philippines

I still marvel at the size of my wardrobe, the pleasure of warm showers and the fact that I can drink tap water! Sometimes I even forget that the cars won’t just stop for pedestrians and that I don’t have to throw my toilet paper in a bin. I only spent three weeks in the Philippines, but I became so accustomed to a different style of living than what I had been used to in Australia. For those few weeks, we lived out of our suitcases, slept in many different locations, met unforgettable people and learnt so many new things.

I was bitten by bed bugs, almost never wore a seatbelt, got sunburnt (twice), and faced many of my fears. I forgot about my so-called ‘first-world problems’ and the things that used to make me stressed. I learnt to serve God in ways I’d never imagined: through the simple act of taking out the trash, through playing musical chairs with new-found friends, through holding back my teammate’s hair as she vomited. I saw God in the kindness of strangers, the smiles of children and the servant-hearts of my fellow teammates.

I learnt boldness and courage. God taught me not to be fearful, but to trust in him for all things. I shared my testimony and witnessed and evangelized to many different people. I made new, long-lasting friendships with my teammates. I learnt more about God, more about other people, and more about myself.

This photo was taken during one of our outreach ministries in Manila.

This photo was taken during one of our outreach ministries in Manila.