It's Rainy Season in the Philippines too
We hoped we were leaving the rain behind as we climbed out of Panama City through the clouds bound for Los Angeles, then on to Manila and Bacolod City in the Philippines. After 22 hours of flying we arrived in Bacolod...and it was raining. :)
We began our work (in the rain) the day after arriving - still groggy from the long flights and 13 hour time difference, at a tiny church in Pulupandan filled with enthusiastic volunteers. We had served at this church a few years before, and it was good to be greeted by old friends and familiar surroundings. Our (crazy) friend Dr. Melvie joined us - she always keeps the patients laughing - we think sometimes at us! Our next clinic was in Canlaon City at the City Center Evangelical Church. A first for our team, Joy and I shared a 30" square table designated 'Eye Station' for objective and subjective refraction, custom build and dispensing - it was cozy. After the clinics were over we were treated to an impromptu time of worship led by the Pastor with his guitar - it was sweet. In case you were wondering...it rained that day as well.
Due to bad weather our next clinic was cancelled as the Coast Guard had suspended all boat traffic to Sipaway, a fishing-village island only a few thousand meters off-shore. Our intrepid coordinator, Charity, one of those people that knows EVERYBODY, lined up another local church for us to serve in San Carlos - no time lost! As it rained outside we had a wonderful time inside ministering to the dear people of this port city.
The next day we served in Escalante City at a church we had worked with several years ago. Dr. Melvie was back with us - it's always a fun day when she's there! Once again, great to see old friends - our brothers and sisters in the Family of God! We tried to nap as we drove back across the island to our home base in Bacolod...in the rain.
Our last day of clinics was at Calvary Chapel Bacolod, an amazing place where an American couple has adopted over 100 abused and neglected children. Some call it an orphanage, but it's not...the kids are all legally adopted - they are a HUGE family! Check them out at ccbacolod.com - it's amazing. We usually serve there the last clinic every year, and it's wonderful to watch our young friends grow up, nurtured in this amazing family. Oh, in case you were wondering...it rained all day. :)
A huge thanks to our helpers from Beltway: Mollie, Jordan and Kimber (pictured on the trike in the middle of the third row below)!
Every year during the travel phase we say that we'll never do it again - it's that brutal. But...we are so blessed by our time of ministering to the wonderful people of the Philippines we always go back. Thank You, Lord, for choosing us to be part of this mission every year - we are truly blessed.