What a day for day #3! Today was "Everyone needs a Savior" with the story of Nicodemus. The children continue to be such a joy to be around, even with the language barrier, and we continue to hover around 140 children. Their smiling faces and infectious laughter have been such a blessing to all of us. In crafts they made Jesus and Nicodemus puppets and Karen and Bob acted out the story of Nicodemus from John 3 with the puppets while Dara told the story by dressing up as Nicodemus and doing a monologue. She also shared the story of salvation through a John 3:16 soccer ball and each child received a salvation bracelet before they left the Bible story room. In recreation Randy M and Curt played some games with the children that taught them that they need to listen to the voice of Jesus through all the other noise around them and in music we danced to Bubblin' Up, which the children absolutely loved! The words to the song tell them that when they have Jesus inside it bubbles up and you have to tell others about Him because you can't keep it in, it's Bubblin' Up!!
After we finished with VBS and lunch we toured a clinic that the church helps to sponsor, Rafa Clinic, in Antipolo, Philippines. They helped the people who live and work around the cement factory in Antipolo. It was a beautiful facility dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission by ministering to the sick, hurting, and poor, through this medical clinic and it was an honor to see it and hear about Alina's work there and her passion for Jesus. We finished the evening with a great American staple: PB&J, chips, and watermelon. We were blessed to be a witness to another Filipino thunderstorm, and boy did it rain!! God's way of making everything green! We're looking forward to Day #4 and what God had in store for us.
Dara, Randy K, Randy M, Curt, Karen, Bob, and Dorie