. Please continue to pray for China. Pray for the missionaries who sacrifice their lives, so that ALL are reached.
The island we were on is called Boracay. Boracay is about an hour flight, and a short boat ride from Manila. It is known as the second best beach in Asia and one of the top ten beach in the world. The sand is snow white and soft as baking flour. The water has a magical turquoise tint to it and is crystal clear. We were neck deep in water and we could easily see our toes on the ocean floor. Not like any beaches back home! One day we went snorkeling and we could see many fish that were deep down, because of how clear that water is. Also, we got to watch the Super Bowl live and about 50ft from the water. We had to get up pretty early, I think it started at 7am our time, but it was well worth it. We have lots of photos and videos, so we will try and get them up asap.
On the last night experienced one of the craziest delicacies of the Philippines. Balut! It was a lot of fun, but not very tasty. Balut, it is a duck egg that is incubated and then eaten before it hatches. It is eaten anywhere from day 9 to day 24 of the growing process. We ate eggs that were 16 days old. The white part of the egg is hard and at one end of the egg, the yolk (placenta) was powdery like a hardboiled egg, and then there was the chick
. The chick was still soft in the sack. It had eyes, it was black, it was soft and slimy, and it was gross! It looked like a creepy little alien sleeping on the yoke. We began the eating process by cracking off the tip of the egg and sucking the fluid out. The fluid tasted like chicken broth or stew, honestly not really bad. Then you peel the entire egg and pour a little vinegar and salt over the egg. We both gagged and gagged trying to swallow it down, the texture was VERY unique. But everyone got it down without throwing up. It was great. We chased it all down with some Coke to get rid of the flavor. It was a great experience, but we wouldn't mind if we never did it again.
This coming Friday we are traveling down to Davou to work with the Kalayag Foundation. Pics to follow.
We spent 5 days in PARADISE! We went with four other couples who are all strategically working with the unreached groups in China. It was so amazing to gather with people who 20+ years ago set out on the mission field when they were younger. They had no clue what God had in store at the time. Now one couple has a large underground Bible school training locals, another is teaching villagers how to fish for protein to live, and another is working on getting organic foods into the markets to help fight against sickness all while they share God with those they encounter. We spent four days laying on the white sand beaches or standing in a crystal blue sea for hours talking about all God has done and is doing. Not a bad way to reenergize. On the last night each couple talked about the goals and challenges during this next year. We spent time praying for each other. God is phenomenal! It was such a touching experience to be sitting in the Philippians with people from the US who are missionaries to China. We were really encouraged to see examples and gain an understanding of what being missional looks like under intense cultural differences