4 Aug 2010
Our last day as a team in Olongapo, we had a debrief and reflected on everything. We were to pick one word to describe the missions portion of the trip, and among words like humbling, inspiring, and eye-opening, I picked reminder.
First and foremost, this trip was a reminder of the reality of poverty. It was a reminder that in the year that’s passed since I returned from Malawi, the realities of food insecurity and the lack of clean water still exists. I was reminded that there is still plenty of work to be done.
Secondly, I was reminded of God’s love, God’s calling, and God’s grace. I heard the beautiful testimonies of team members and cousins, recounting tales of how suffering and hardships have brought them to where they are today. I met Pastors working in situations that are not glamourous by any measure, to glorify God, and show his love to others.
Thirdly, I was reminded to let go, and let God. I was flipping through my Moleskine one evening as I journalled and stumbled upon a prayer and commitment I made in Urbana and got caught in a “be careful what you wish for” moment. I realized that although I was resentful, God placed me exactly where I asked him to. That I asked for this challenge, and He provided. And that He’s waiting for me to unblock the doorway to my heart again. It’s something so amazing and indescribable, but He’s been waiting here the whole time.
And lastly, I was reminded of how sweet it is to be with family. My cousins are my best friends. Through our late night talks, serving God together, and food marathons, we’ve shared moments that have created strong bonds between us.
I realize these thoughts are a bit raw, so please bear with me. I returned from the Philippine Islands refreshed and recharged to continue on. That’s what vacation does for me, so I highly recommend it to everyone =)