This week my team and I had the privilege of seeing the ministry of Samaritana enter into a new cycle. This 6-month cycle is a period where new and old women will come to the center to be poured into, to learn livelihood skills (cooking, card making, domestic/institutionalized housekeeping, etc.) and build community.  

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after mid-project retreat

Before arriving here in the Philippines I wrote to my support team about how I was afraid of what God would ask of me on this trip. I was prepared to give up material comforts, a summer internship and time to sit around recovering from a long semester, but I knew something more was waiting. I knew surrendering control could not be the end-all of this entire trip.

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I am beginning to understand the phrase “the tides of time.”  The push and pull, the ways in which the days stretch, but the weeks slip by like water under my feet.  How typhoons can wreak havoc across the Philippines, time and time again, yet time still allows for a rebirth.

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“Home”
Bundles of power lines hanging in the sky 
Broken concrete roads
Brightly colored houses standing squished up against gray ones. 
Cinder blocks for walls and tin roofs speckled with dust 

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During orientation, I stopped to wonder if God was really invested in my journey, if it really mattered so much where I went in life.  After a time of prayer with a staff member, God gave me a metaphor – a slip and slide. 

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We have been here for two weeks and we have seen a lot that has changed our perspective. The buildings at our ministry site are all close. A small path is used to travel in the community and everywhere you look there are chickens, clothes hanging and KIDS. We are easily spotted as foreigners. 

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