It is now about 9:14pm (10:14am Philippine time), a little over one week after we left Uncle James’ house for the Manila airport. It was a fun, educational, and eye-opening vacation/experience.
I enjoyed getting to know most of my relatives a little better- even those that I didn’t know I had. I liked going to visit all the pastors and learn about their ministries- especially Pastor Amar’s prison ministry. It was fun driving on the roads and seeing how everybody drives. The rice terraces were awesome and the roads leading there were almost just as fun and scary at the same time.
It was interesting to see how everyone lives- their houses, their hobbies, and how they make a living. Everything is so cheap when you convert it to US dollars, but the average daily wages is around five dollars. It is a very poor country but it is slowly modernizing. The country is very religious, but not many people have a real relationship with Christ.
I am thankful that we were kept safe the entire time. I believe it was a very worthwhile vacation and I hope to go back again someday soon. However, it is good to be back home!
Well, there you go…that was the journal of my trip to the Philippines back in 2005. I would love to go back again, and seven years later, it still feels like I was just there. Someday I hope to return and bring some friends with me. The Philippines is part of my heritage, and God worked in various ways there that eventually brought about me, Joshua Huang.
God bless the Philippines 🙂
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