The Philippines team has arrived safely at the beautiful Philippines base and with all of our luggage. After four and a half days of travel, we are glad to finally be here and able to bathe. While traveling, we had several long layovers. In the Hong Kong airport, many team members decided to try the local cuisine and enjoyed it. During our day in Cebu, we were able to visit the local, westernized, mega-mall. Our most interesting form of travel was the eleven-hour ferry ride to Nasipit. We stayed in a communal bunk room with AC, and no one got seasick.
Upon arrival, it was raining a little, but we managed to get everything inside dry. To our surprise, we were asked to do a brief presentation at the church here on the base only 15 minutes after arriving!! We had no time to bathe or even change our clothes, and were graciously excused from the rest of the service so we could clean up and settle in. We did several songs and Elijah gave a testimony. In the evening, the Bible school students did a presentation for the team and then requested a presentation from them, without any warning at all! It was a good thing we had time to prepare for presentations at Boot Camp! The students also treated us to a snack of local exotic fruits.
The team is looking forward to starting the work project, but they are most excited to get to know the students and locals, especially the children.