Our alarms were set bright & early for 5:30. However, with the building excitement rattling around in my brain, I was up a bit earlier. After seeking the Lord for what scripture he had for that day & those attending the conference...
2 "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
...It was time to hit the showers. Before leaving, Merrik & Pastor Steve had told me that there would be no hot water. Although this is true, in every room but ours & D'ette & Fred's, we had the special rooms with a water heater. Oh, but it does get better! As I went to turn it on I quickly discovered that not only was that machine not functioning, but there was no water to be had at all. That's right, we were suffering for Jesus! Well, at least for a few minutes before they had it working again. We did in fact get water. God is good...all the time!
After a wonderful breakfast, we were off to the Nehemiah Center. Church, you need to know what an absolute blessing this training center/church is for the community of Jasaan. It is a towering beacon of hope with its bright yellow paint & large sign simply stating "Jesus.". I need you to know this, because those of you at FCC, helped to build this facility from the ground up. Just know that it is being used well!
As soon as we arrived, I noticed a truck parked out front with a covered area in back that had two rows of benches on the sides of the bed. Nic told us that one group from another church traveled 13 hours to be here for the conference. Can you believe that...13 hours! These people deserved for us to be on our "A" game. Thankfully, our great God strengthens us in our weakness. It was to be an amazing day! We started the day with some musical worship. No one person was to be the Worship Leader. Throughout the day, we passed this privilege around. I led, D'Ette led, Lisa led, Marlix led, Michael Led, Mercy Led, Nice led. What an honor it was to lead & be led into the presence of God. This is what this whole conference is about...raising up & empowering leaders. These times of corporate worship throughout the day were incredibly rejuvenating to my soul!
D'Ette & I led 7 sessions between the hours of 8 & 4. Lisa & Fred taught the little kiddos in the morning at Nic's house just down the street. We had been doing so good on not blowing any fuses, but we did have one casualty. Lisa's cd player for vbs didn't quite like the surge of power it was getting. It kinda blew up! Note to self, Apple products automatically convert for the Philippines 220 power, everything else, does not. Just one more reason to love Apple. I digress. The teaching sessions went really well. The wonderful filipino people have been so receptive & are a complete joy to minister to & with. Though we are exhausted (& a bit stinky), we are so looking forward to tomorrow.
After getting some fresh mangos & bananas from the local street market (Boy, did us white folks get the looks), we are now back at the resort for a quick rest before dinner, & fresh mango banana smoothies.
Talk at ya tomorrow.