"Let me share one more time," Emily interrupts me. We are doing our devotions for the day and I am audio recording the Agape Team members' experiences and "highlights for the day." Emily wants to share one more thing about her reflection on her visit with the students of the Light and Life Bible College (LLBC). "I need more patience," she breaks down and gets emotional. "These students have nothing compared to my situation. They are so poor, and yet, they are so willing to go out to do missions work." Emily shares in between sobs and tears. She is impressed with these students' determination to serve God in the midst of their difficulties and poverty. She explains her need to "have more patience" when she goes back home to Taiwan.
I canceled another meeting with a pastor and gave more time to our devotions time. We prayed. We shared. We reflected on God's word. We presented our observation of the last few days' visit to different Free Methodist ministries here in Butuan City and its vicinity. The other day, we went to Sibagat, an hour's drive north of this city, and visited the Hope Center, a rural center helping 50 children. Currently, this group of children are still looking for sponsors to help them. At this Center, we presented Cebuano Children's Bibles that a few friends from Taiwan have graciously sponsored. Emily taught the children a few Chinese songs. It was so encouraging to see her up front and full of confidence and enthusiasm with the children.
Yesterday, we visited a center called Home For Girls. This is a government-run center functioning as a halfway house for sexually abused girls and other children coming from violent homes or victims of human trafficking. They are staying there while litigation is going on in the courts. Different Christian groups regularly come for ministry time. We came with the students of LLBC. Irene taught the younger kids. Emily taught the older ones. Charlotte and I, together with the other LLBC students, assisted. I was so proud of this Agape Mission Team. They all did so well.
Later, when we were by ourselves, the three ladies shared that maybe, "one more time," they will come back and see these children again. I pray that this will happen. God will prepare the way for us.