|Alayna, Jil, and Annalise bumping along to Can-eo|
A light rain was falling intermittently as we traveled the rocky mountain road that ends in Can-eo. At one point we needed to stop and clear rocks that had fallen onto the road since the jeepney had last passed that way.
|Clearing fallen rocks from the path so the jeepney could pass.|
|Hiking past a recent mudslide as we transferred to a second jeepney.|
|Missing the stones placed in the mud could get you a little bit dirty.|
|Lisa managed to keep most of her nail polish clean.|
|This washout was the main reason we needed to transfer.|
|Adriana and Bridget|
|The church building overflowed.|
Harry Smith, YWAM staff during our CDTS and a long-time servant in the Philippines, stood in for the guest speakers as they could not make it due to the road conditions. After his sermon, he officiated the ordination ceremony of Pastor Rudy.
As offering was being collected several women brought baskets of rice palay (sheaves) to the altar. Others brought flowers and even bananas. Everybody laughed when a toddler gave into temptation and went up and grabbed a banana.
|Bringing in their first fruits, literally.|
After the service was over everyone was welcome to stay and enjoy lunch together. This transition gave my girls the opportunity to love on little ones - something they love to do.
|Susan and Lisa|
|Annalise was not sure she could eat all that was served to her: pancit, rice, and pork.|
|These are going to take some serious scrubbing|
|More plates ready for use during the evening meal|
As we talked, she shared that back pain has kept her from sleeping well. She longs to be strong enough to join the other believers at church services. After praying for her, she opened up to struggling with great fear. So much that she insists her niece leave the light on at night. I shared with her Psalm 139, reassuring her that God is always with her even amidst the darkest night. Lisa told her perfect love casts out fear and that the spirit of fear does not come from the Lord. Ochawan happily replied, "I believe it. I claim it. Fear must go away!"
|Harry, Ochawan, and Lisa|
|Ochawan's great smile|
|Modeling the hats Harry Smith gave out|
|No Igorot party is complete without gongs and dancing|
As much as we would have loved to stay longer, we needed to leave so we could catch the jeepney back to Bontoc.
|Some crazy Americano who would prefer to hang off the back or ride on top of a jeepney than be inside of it|