Pastor Melo was right on time. He would be our host today along with his daughter Gionah and son Yanan.
We planned a hike, more vitamin d and fresh mountian air. But first, to the city for some lunch supplies.
The city is busy. The traffic chaotic, although Pastor Melo would have you think its normal and perfectly safe. Some how it all works, no traffic lights, no stop signs, no obvious rules of the road and yet it seems to be a well orchestrated dance of metal mania. It is something to see.
We found ourselves on top of a mountain overlooking the city of Cagayn de Oro. The ocean and distant mountains in the background, God's majesty filling our minds. God's an awesome creator, there is no doubt! Still its easy to focus on those mountains, on the blue water and yet the city was directly below. A city filled with people, people created by God, created in the image of God. We had just past by those people many of whom are in great need of a Saviour. Where the world would pass by and see the conditions of the homes, of the streets, the poverty and see where things could be improved. That's not their greatest need. Their greatest need is to hear the Word, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Our main focus will be to help in presenting God's Word accurately.
Our devotional for today was Mathew 20: 20-28 and we were reminded of having a servant attitude, a servant heart. We pray for humble hearts.
Our day continued with a hike. The hike through the mountains was refreshing. More vitamin D, more warmth, more of the majesty of God filling our minds.
Our ride home took us back though the city. Here the minds are treated to something completely different. Sensory overload! There is no way to capture the hustle and bustle in writing, you can't. It is something to experience. The smell, the noise, the honking, the dance of the metal, people dodging about, people watching life go by, people surviving, vendors selling their wares. It's about all the senses can handle, including your taste. Why someone would eat Balut is beyond me. I'll have to let Dr. Bredenhof answer that.
It was a great day. Thank you to our gracious hosts. Time for dinner. Time to hit the bed. Tomorrow we go to worship our great God with our brothers and sisters here. Looking forward to it.
"It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20: 26-28