Post Philippines2010 thoughts -joyce

so here i am back at home! id like to say that my other home is there in the Philippines because it is true! i had an amazing experience and an amazing time being with everyone, meeting new people, spending time with family.. it was amazing. God is definitely GOOD! I LOVE THE PHILIPPINES.

im going to start this off by reminiscing on what this trip started out with. honestly, it didn’t start out all fine and dandy. we all had our shares of difficult times, complaining, fights, negative vibes.. i mean we are only human, and the devil really tried to mess with us during this trip. but of course, THE LORD PREVAILS. when we went through a lot of those trials during the trip we always went straight to God, and He always held our hand and allowed us to become stronger to overcome! (instead of praying for God to take away the pain, pray to God for strength to become stronger to overcome the pain.)

The first week of being in the Philippines, we traveled everyday up to Sac On, the church up in the mountains. And let me just say.. that i loved traveling up and down that mountain. even though our travel was very crowded and it was long.. i just loved it. the scenery of those mountains is just breath taking. the travel up and down those mountains just reminded me every time how wonderful and powerful our God is. AND i loved hanging my feet out of the back of the truck. so fun!! but anyways!! SAC ON!! We were able to fellowship with the youth there. it was really nice getting to know everyone, and it was really awesome to just see everyone smile, laugh, play, and gather in the name of our Lord. Even though there were ‘nosebleed’ moments, the Lord really allowed a common ground for all of us to communicate to each other and understand that we all have a common purpose, which is to serve God.

We fellow shipped with each other, learned from each other, worshiped with each other. we all sang songs together and we held a concert there, which regrettably was too short. but we all had a blast worshiping our God and getting to know each other.

something else we did with everyone was leadership building. i was really impressed with everyone who participated and stepped up with the planning of the Medical Mission, and the Concert. there was 200+ for both the medical mission, and concert. it was an awesome experience. it was cool seeing my siblings doing their thing with their nursing experience, helping others with their skills.

the other things that we were able to experience was leading the mid week service at Bradford church. that was my first time leading an entire service with zeal. it was cool. as well as that, we were able to have the opportunity to lead the opening worship for CYF’s Christmas Camp in Naga. it was a blessed experience. we all truly felt the Lord in that place as we worshiped our one and only God up above. that night was amazing. the Lord really came there and blessed all who were in there. from what i heard, the camp was successful, thanks be to God! 🙂 it was amazing to be part of something so big and wonderful.

 

overall, worshiping at such events was a blessing. im just so thankful that the Lord gave us each that opportunity to share what we have and even receive blessings and friendship from everyone there. someone in particular we are thankful for is our dear friend, RODEL! this guy is awesome. i know that the Lord will use him in so many ways to bless others and do the Lord’s work.  WE LOVE YOU RODEL!!!!

SO.. with everything that was said and done during the trip, we never forgot that we were there with family. it was such a great and awesome thing to have everyone in the family together again to celebrate Christmas and New YEars together! it’s been 2 years since we had a complete family gathering.

always remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season! He has given us a NEW YEAR, 2011. a time to just continue serving Him, and hopefully we will be going there in the Philippines once again this December! Praying for that trip, and Praying for you all!

feel free to post and prayer requests or any comment!! we love to hear from you all!

❤ God Bless

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