Tuesday, July 31, 2012

MISSION CEBU 2012 (5 of 8)


One of our multi stage geocaches brought us to the largest shoe shoe in the world.

Many of you know that my family has a hobby we really enjoy.  It's called geocaching.  If you don't know what geocaching is click here.  We had very little free time, but when we did, our team and the Filipino pastors seemed to enjoy my hobby.  We found 3 geocaches that week.

On Saturday, we were on the way to see the people who were impacted by the earthquake on Negros Island.  I took my GPS so I could see where we were while on the sea and while on the islands.  As we traveled from the ferry port to the Jollibee restaurant, I noticed that we passed a cache.  I had loaded all of the caches within 100 miles of Pastor Juval's house.  Bro. Juval said, "We will get it after breakfast because we would pass it on the way back.  The following three pictures were from that cache.  We passed by a young security guard without being stopped.  We later learned that he got a tongue lashing from his commanding officer.  Steve Thompson ran interference with the officer to keep him distracted and to prevent our arrest.  There was a ROTC drill going on a Silliman Universtiy.  We walked behind the bleachers to the cache hiding spot.  In the second photo, Colin is searching for the cache.  The 3rd pictures is a group photo after we found the hidden cache.  This was the first cache for each of them and my first.  This was also the largest group of muggles (non geocachers) I ever had to evade.

On Monday, June 25, we had the afternoon free between sessions of the Pastor's Conference.  We decided to fill the time doing the "Discover CarCar" 6 stage multicache.  This took us on a tour of the city's landmarks.  We took "Flat Ethan" (that's a whole other story) along for many photo ops.  We learned that CarCar is a major manufacturing center for shoes.  We saw a monkey (very cool).  We could not have done this without our Filipino interpreters.  John said we ought to schedule time for geocaching next year as a way of getting us into the community so we can witness while we cache.  I think that is a brilliant idea! We found the cache at a local business.  

On Wednesday, we had most of the day free.  We decided to do a 5 stage multicache called Valladolid, CarCar that took us to the pastureland surrounding a prawn farm.  We had to to all of this one by foot.  We were dependent upon our translators as we had to ask permission to pass through private property several times.  We took one picture of a guy making coconut milk liquor.  I suspect that it is illegal, but he permitted me to take his picture.  We were to first to find the cache at a family cemetery.  The owner of the cache is from The Netherlands.  This one meant a lot to Bro. Juval because it was less than one kilometer from his home!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mission Cebu 2012 (4 of 8)


On Saturday, June 23, we left at 2 AM and drove 2 hours south to ride a ferry to Dumaguete.  People and vehicles of varied sizes (motorcycle to 18 wheelers) rode.  After eating breakfast at Jollibee's (Filipino McDonald's-type restaurant), we took a very rough 3 hour van ride north to La Libertad.   We were to visit a tent city that was created because residents had been displaced by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and resulting rockslide that buried their village in February.  A mountainside destroyed the village and the church.  The location essentially is a mass grave as most who perished could not be found.  We met a 28 year old man who lost 2 children, his wife, both parents, and a grandmother in the catastrophe.  Two of his children survived.  Caring for his 3 year old daughter makes working nearly impossible.  We spent some time encouraging this young man and we were able to pray with him and leaving a love offering.

Boarding the mother ship.  This is the ferry we took to Negros.

I took this shot off the stern.  This is the view to east of Cebu as we were
leaving for Negros.  None of us noticed the cross reflection of the sun
on the Philippines Sea.  I thought this was  stunning shot!

I had hotcakes and coffee at Jolibee

The team minus Steve Beevers at the Port of Dumaguete
These bridge near the epicenter is still out.  The other bridges have been "repaired"
for one lane of traffic at a time.  It was a rough trip physically.

La Libertad land slide.  The back side of these mountain sheared of just
as the front side did.  A church was destroyed on the back of the mountain
and a village on the front.
Martial law is in place by the Philippine Army to keep order in the tent city.

Survivors have set up a make shift market place

The man in yellow lost 6 family members in the disaster

People are resilient and have begun growing small gardens next to their tents

We went away sad that we could not do more to help the people here.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mission Cebu 2012 (3 of 8)


On Friday, June 22 (CarCar City, Cebu Island) and Thursday, June 27 (Cuaming Island) we held two medical missions.  Our funds we paid helped provide medical supplies .  Vital signs were taken on each person who attended and each person was also interviewed to determine health risks.  Participants were also  given basic medicines to take home: antibiotics, analgesics, nasal decongestants, vitamins, etc.  Pastor Juval wanted to be sure that each person was introduced to the Great Physician before meeting the earthly physician.  Praise the Lord that of 261 who attended the medical missions, 125 were professed Jesus as LORD!!!  Friday's medical mission was held at Eastside Baptist Church in CarCar (where we stayed).  Thursdays event was much more work.  It involved a 3 hour pumpboat ride.  Cuaming is a very poor island of 4,000 residents.  There are no toilets and there is no running water.  The land is so small that a person could walk the perimeter in less that an hour.  We saw very few elderly people here.  When a person gets ill, there is no hope and no help.  How critical it is that we introduce these beautiful people to Jesus.  Despite the deplorable conditions on Cuaming, the people were very friendly and seemingly happy.

The beautiful children of Cuaming Island

Mission members prepare the medicines for distribution at Eastside Baptist
Church, Cuaming.  Supplies for this church we transported piece by piece
by Rescue 911, the church's pumpboat.

People hear the gospel message before receiving medical attention

Pastor Johnny Galera share his faith with a visual aid

A Filipino pastor follows up with children who made a decision to follow Christ

John shares the gospel on Cuaming

Colin shares his faith with a large group on Cuaming

It was amazing how each mission member grew during the week
Here, Peter shares the plan of salvation.

I was preaching Jesus on Cuaming with the help of my interpreter, Leonardo.

Cuaming looks beautiful from a distance.

Upon closer examination, one can see the effects of 4,000 people living on
a tiny isle without sanitation.

All food and medical supplies had to be loaded and unloaded by wading
about 100 yards over the coral reef.

The children loved being photographed with the Peter and the other Americans

Steve Beevers made some new friends.

The children loved seeing their faces on the LCD screen of the digital camera
after each shot was taken.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mission Cebu 2012 (2 of 8)


During our eight days in The Philippines we enjoyed wonderful hospitality from Mrs. Zenny Galera and Eastside Baptist Church.  Cebu's climate is tropical, so you will find some of the best tropical fruit in the world here.  I just wanted to take the time to how you some pictures of the agriculture and the local cuisine.



Sugar Cane

Rice Paddie

Prawn Farm

A carabao plowing a rice paddie

Fishing and Crabbing Industry

Delicious Ube Ice Cream
(the ube is a purple yam)

We had rice and noodles with nearly every meal.
Rice is even served with breakfast

BBQ Chicken with sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf

This pineapple was incredible!

Noodles with pork, cabbage, and other local veggies

I don't remember what the fruit in the above 2 photos is called.
The yellow one is jack fruit.

Egg batter dipped fried egg plant, corned beef, hard boiled eggs, and rice
for breakfast.

Pork on a stick and lumpia.  Lumpia is a local favorite.  It's a deep fried
spring roll with veggies inside.  

Lechon was served on 2 occasions.  This one was at a church plant.  3 were slaughtered
on Sunday morning.  Their squeals were what woke me up.  I called it my Filipino alarm clock.


Lumpia, lechon, sticky rice and fish

Tortas and banana meats (yes, that is a pan fried banana stuffed with meat)

Local fruit (Bananas, mangoes, and pinepple).  I see a foreign fruit too (the apple!).