We finished our week of VBS and had so much fun getting to know the kids! We were all sad to see it end, although we were all rather tired as well. We ended up with about 50 kids each day and had great times of singing, Bible memorization, Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks, and more singing!
This last week has been full as we have been tagging along with the Youth Group team from our church in
Tuesday we just stayed “home” and got some school work done as well as ventured out to find the grocery store. Steve did a great job of driving us there and back without getting lost in the crazy traffic of
Thursday morning we once again got up early to be ready to go by 6:30 except this time with our bags packed for a couple days and breakfast eaten! Everyone (Youth Group, Steve’s parents, Weissers, and our family) were all headed up the road about a 3 hours drive to Rizal Re-Creation to do a work project. We took the scenic route as the roads can be bumper to bumper during Holy Week when many are taking advantage of the long weekend to go on a vacation. We enjoyed the scenery as we drove around a large lake and up over a mountain, through small towns each selling their own wares! We stopped halfway at Exotic for delicious Mango shakes, and then hit the road again. We arrived at Rizal with enough time before lunch to be able to get settled in our room and the guys in their tent. Because of the busy holiday weekend Rizal was booked and had to put many in tents. On Friday they fed about 400 people at each meal. The daily cost at Rizal includes room, 3 meals a day, use of the pool, basketball courts, and much more…and the cost is so minimal! The meals are served cafeteria style, but are excellent food!
After lunch the team got started on their work project of mixing and pouring cement for two sidewalks. The plan was to do one sidewalk a day…but they got two sidewalks done the first day in two hours! Then everyone got to go for a refreshing dip in the pool. All the kids…big and small…spent many hours at the pool with the main attraction being the waterslide! Since the original work project didn’t take near as long as expected they found more work for our crew to do…one more sidewalk and stump removal. Sidewalk was easy, but the stump removal was another story!! After several hours of digging and chopping to break the roots then there was more time spent trying to move the massive coconut tree root ball from its hole. Snakes and huge spiders only made the job that much more interesting! With the help of some other guests at Rizal the stump was finally persuaded from its home, and then “rolled” into the woods! Yeah!!!
We stayed at Rizal until Saturday afternoon spending the rest of our time relaxing in the sun or the shade, whichever felt better, and cooling off in the pool. It was very relaxing time for everyone and we all had so much fun playing as well as getting some jobs accomplished!
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