This morning we went to church at the JCCV. (Jesus Christ's Church in the Valley) Today was the one year anniversary of their first English service. I found it to be a moving experience. I was really touched by the pastor's message about rejoicing. He quoted Philippians 4:4-7 which tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. He talked about how we should rejoice every day because there is always something to thank God for. As I was listening to this message I looked around at the people at the service and I noticed how happy they seemed. It made me think about how much we have to rejoice about. The people here in the Philippines have so little, yet they seem to be so thankful for what they do have, and they are constantly praising God. I think we can all learn so much from the people in this community.
Pastor of the JCCV Church
Later in the afternoon, we split into two groups. My group went to a bible study at the JCCV with a bunch of local kids and we watched a movie. After, we went back to the Children's Home and did coloring pages with the kids and played with them. The kids are all so much fun and enthusiastic.
Coloring with the kids!
After dinner, we all went back to the home for devotions. Hope and Taylor talked about following leaders and how we need to find the right kind of leader to follow in our lives. The girls really seemed to pay attnetion to the message. Tomorrow should be a really busy day. Some of the members of our group will be participating in a basketball tournament, while some will be teaching swimming lessons, and others will be working in the nursery at the Children's Home. In the afternoon, some people will be going to bring food to a local village. I'm really looking forward to seeing how God uses us tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week.