2-9 Dec 2012
Finally, the day had arrived for the core team to board the Tiger Airway for Clark, Philippines.
According to the progressive reports from the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, the community hall for the Aetas should be ready. That imagination would soon make the dream come true for the Aetas communities. From the weather reports, a typhoon was hitting southern Philippines. Although Pampanga is north of Manila, it might carry the fallout of rains and that would affect our painting works for the community hall.
Without much anticipation, the core team was well received by the Salesian Sisters at the airport. Our chartered bus was waiting. This was the second time the whole core team touched ground in Clark. This time round, we had a professional photographer/videographer, Linus Koh, who was fully equipped to produce a documentary that would instill the values of our missionaries' works.
It was bright and hot in late afternoon, when we walked from the plane onto the tarmac and into the airport building. There was no sign of any fallout expected from the typhoon Pablo. We headed straight to SM city Mart in Angeles City for a late lunch. We shopped for drinking water, tidbits, snacks and beverages. The sky was already dark when we checked into Hotel Gracelane in San Fernando City. The ride from Angeles City to San Fernando took nearly an hour during the peak hours. Hence, it gave us a good indication for the need to adjust the time to start the journey to the Aetas village the next morning.
All the planning would be played out in the next few days to come. Promises if any, would have to fulfill. This was the first mission from ACTS in the Philippines. Would this play out successfully? And the payout sustainable in the future?
He who received a bouquet of joy from the Lord.
Written by Laurence Koh, 11 Dec 2012
The Salesian Sisters saw the need for education, human promotion and development of youth, especially of children and young women, particularly in the area of women and youth education, primary education and skills training. Read more at their website >