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When we arrived at the village, we looked for Kindel who had arranged for our visit. Kindel is a former SSM student who then completed the Tribal DTS and just completed staffing the Family DTS in Baguio. We found her sorting through coffee beans.
|Adriana and Kindel sorting through coffee beans|
|Coffee beans growing on the tree|
|There is always a hill to climb|
|Agnes giving a lesson on weaving banana leaves into a packet to hold sticky rice|
|Paulina was threshing the rice she recently finished pounding in the mortar on which the basket is sitting|
Saturday evening, Pastor Marlon and others gathered to see how the solar bottle-light was prepared and to see the rocket stove I had brought.
|Preparing the solar bottle-light which would be installed in Paulina's home the next day|
I described the construction and use of the rocket stove, but most of my attention was given to preparing the bottle-light for installation. As the pastor and I worked on that, the ladies investigated the rocket stove. It was not long before they had it outside, boiling water in a tea pot.
|Adriana, Kindel, and Jacqueline looking over the rocket stove|
I had expected the bottle-light to be of most interest to people, but it was obvious that people could see immediate benefits to the rocket stove. Behind Rudy, the man in the black shirt, you can see the dirty kitchen at Arthur's house. Most homes in Anabel use dirty kitchens (referred to as dirty because of the soot build-up from the open cooking fire) because LP for gas stoves is expensive and heavy to carry from the jeepney, across the bridge, through the rice fields, and up the hill to the village. The rocket stove is helpful because it creates less smoke and uses much less wood than an open fire.
The title of this post refers to 3 gifts for Anabel. The first two, the solar bottle-light and the rocket stove, will hopefully make things a little easier for their daily living. The last gift has a much more important and lasting goal. The Proclaimer the YWAM Salem CDTS team brought did not work, so when they returned to the US, they got a replacement and sent it to us. After presenting a teaching about God's story of redemption through an overview of the Bible, we used the Proclaimer to listen to the climax of the story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. We then had the honor of presenting the Proclaimer to the people of Anabel. We pray the gift of God's word will transform lives for eternity.
|Listening to the crucifixion and resurrection in Ilocano using the Proclaimer|
|Presenting the Proclaimer to Pastor Marlon|
|Pastor Marlon and church leaders|
|Alayna reading a translation of a children's Bible story book|
|Paulina and Thomas with her new light|
Before we left to catch the jeepney, we were invited to pray with Manuela for her daughter in Baguio recovering from surgery.
|Lisa, Manuela, and Adriana|
However, our timing was a little off and the jeepney had already left. Plan B - hike up to the road and catch a ride with a passing jeepney, bus, or vegetable truck. From Anabel to the road is about 1.5 kilometers in length and about 400 feet up. We were all glad to have some sugar cane to snack on as we waited especially since our store of water for the weekend was basically depleted.
|Alayna and Annalise enjoying sugar cane|
|Jerry leading the pack on the hike to Tocucan|