Orphanage Graduation and Goodbyes
Trip Start Mar 17, 2005
124Trip End Mar 13, 2006
Thursday was the graduation ceremony for the kids graduating kindergarten, junior high, and high school. It was so cute to see them all dressed up in their little graduation outfits, they even had tassels just like in the states
Finally, after being with the kids for a full week, it was time for us to move on in the Philippines, but it was extremely hard to do so. We shared a special time our last night with Joe and Billie and the rest of the staff, and we feel like we have become part of their family, and know so many of kids by name. Yesterday morning before we left we hugged all the kids. Some of them wouldn't let go of us, and some even wrote us some notes to take with us, which we read on the plane. We left teary-eyed, but felt so blessed to see how we were led to this place. We pray that they feel blessed by us as well. Beyond just the relational aspect, I was able to design and build a simple database for them to help organize all their information and run the types of reports they typically need. They were so appreciative and said that they have been praying for a long time for someone to be able to do this for them, and we pray that it actually works long term and suits their needs!
We are now on a small island East of Bacolod for some time to relax on the beach, but we'll write more about that later as this is our first full day...