Days of Grace

My First Mission Trip Day 1 & 2

Our Church has a team leaving for mission to the Philippines in March and I was talking to Leon about the desire to go again and also about our trip some years back.  He suggested that I blogged about our trip and I went “hey, that is a good idea since I have the photos and videos” (provided I can upload them).  But of course that trip was 4 years ago!

My first and only overseas mission trip was to the Philippines way back in 2005. It was a 11 day trip, consisted of 9 team members.  It was definitely an eye-opening trip for me.

Below are some photos which I would like to share and will elaborate a bit.

Arrival at Manila Airport, all excited!Day 1: Arrival at Manila airport, all excited 😀 .  For most of us that was the first time we were in the Philippines!  We had huge luggages with us as we were carrying gifts (in the form of essential stationeries) to bless some pastor’s children…blessings from our church members.  We were met at the airport by two local pastors…one of them travelled about 5 hours (from San Fernando) and another almost 10 hours (from Aritao) to welcome us.   What a warm and heartfelt welcome 🙂

We were scheduled to teach in The Leadership Training Seminar in Aritao the next day, hence the need to travel back there immediately as it was already in the afternoon and we have a 10 hours journey ahead.

Dinner break from the long journey

Dinner break from the long journey

Since we had to stretched our legs, eat and toilet break, this two young men decided to 'pose' with the bus!

Since we needed to stretched our legs, eat and have toilet break, this two young men decided to 'pose' with the bus!

We reached the arranged accommodation about 1am, had a quick briefing then shower and sleep.

Day 2: We were up again by 5.30 to 6am, had devotion and sharing (each morning) and at 7am we were on our way to The Great I Am Church in Sawali, Aritao for the Leadership Training Seminar!

Waiting for our transport.

Waiting for our transport.

Our transport.

Our transport. We had our first experience ride! I think the locals call this 'tuk tuk'.

Breakfast prepared by the pastor's wife.  How blessed we were!

Breakfast prepared by the pastor's wife. How blessed we were!

A session in the leadership training seminar by our mission team leader.

A session in the leadership training seminar by our mission team leader. Every team member took their turn in teaching/sharing a topic.

An interactive session.

An interactive session.

Doing a session on teaching children with help of team members.  Very nervous...first time 'public speaking', and training pastors and leaders of churches! Phew!! when my session was over.Doing a session on teaching children with help of team members. Very nervous…first time training pastors and leaders of churches…big wow! and a bigger Phew!! when my session was over.  We did well and we thanked God for His Wisdom and Strength.  Some of us were really nervous…I definitely was!  Can still remember the butterflies in the tummy then!

Note the visual board held by the young man (sorry, his handsome face blocked 😀 ),…we taught the attendees to make that board (we brought along necessary materials so that they could have a on the spot hands on learning).

In between teachings, we presented a malay song as well as a ‘dance’ movement to the song Worthy Is The Lamb.  Some of them were keen to learn the dance, we taught as much and as fast as they could catch on! 🙂

Taking a break...we were served Halo-halo (something like our ABC), very refreshing.

Taking a break...we were served Halo-halo (something like our ABC), very refreshing.

Group picture after the seminar.

Group picture after the seminar.

After the seminar, a Pastor Agusto accompanied us to his house/church at Bambang.  We had a night crusade after dinner.

When the mission trip was first planned, we had a schedule to guide us but whilst we were there, we were pleasantly surprised by many last minute changes 😀 …e.g. the night crusade!

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At the night crusade in Banao, they have no electricity supply yet.  Kerosene lamps were used to walk us up to the church site which at that time was a wooden shed on a slope.  A church will be built in stages for the community there.  This is a photo of the temporary ‘church’ and we were about to start the service.  There is Adino smiling for the camera.

Another view of the church.

Another view of the church.

We were attempting a Tagalog song.

We attempted a Tagalog song.

A 'dance' movement to the song - Worthy Is The Lamb'

A 'dance' movement to the song - Worthy Is The Lamb'

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Inside the jeepney/taxi.  All together there were 29 of us at the back with all the instruments and generator which provided power for lightings and sound system for the above church site.  There were 2 boys sitting on the bonnet  (that really shocked the whole mission team as we don’t get to see that back home) and 4 others sitting beside the driver (this was less of a shock but shocking nevertheless!).  We definitely had very ‘close’ and ‘warm’ fellowship in the jeepney! 😉 and well ‘hot’ actually for the two boys on the bonnet 😛

Pumping water for our shower.  They do not have the modern conveniences yet.  Another first time experience for some of us.

Pumping water for our shower. They did not have the modern conveniences yet. Another first time experience for some of us....no we didn't shower in the open,we just had to pump and carry water in a bathroom.

Although no modern conveniences, we have not forgotten what our parents taught us..."brush your teeth before you sleep"! :P

Although no modern conveniences, we have not forgotten what our parents taught us..."brush your teeth before you sleep"! 😛

The crusade ended about 10.30pm and by the time we had freshened up it was midnight.  Had a short briefing which gave us another pleasant surprised…we had 4 different venues of ministry tomorrow (Sunday)!  Well it had been a long day for us…nite!

More in my next post!

P/s  Thanks to the available photos and minutes of our trip that has enable me to reminiscent and share my first mission trip experience!

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22 February, 2009 - Posted by | Life, Testimonies, Thoughts | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I was so skinny!!!!!! AH!!!!

    SOBSSSS, Oh my glorious days are gone

    nancy said: Glorious days gone?!…now no more?…eh bluff la 😉

    Comment by Leon | 22 February, 2009 | Reply

  2. I was so skinny too!!!!

    Thanks for writing about this, it certainly brings back many pleasant memories.

    Remember how peaceful it was in the mountains? And how cheap the land was?

    nancy said: Oh yes, I remembered…how I long for that. A church now stands in that piece of land in Biyoy!

    A few of you had ‘grown’ hee hee, I am glad I went the opposite direction…for now 🙂

    Comment by Adino | 23 February, 2009 | Reply

  3. those were the days my friend…you eat and never grow fat!!!

    nancy said: Those were the days my friend…humming to the tune 🙂

    Comment by blossomteoh | 24 February, 2009 | Reply


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