Our team slowly assembled as we moved to the other side of
the world. Jim left Duluth for Chicago, where he was joined by Dick and Bob.
The three of them flew to Seoul, Korea, where Jason joined in. Then it was on
to Manila, where David and Greg completed the team. Unfortunately, Greg’s
luggage did not arrive with him, and it was finally located still back in the
United States. After a short night at a hotel close to the airport it was time
for the last leg to Davao.
We were happy to see our host, Levi, grinning his usual grin
as we exited the terminal. It was still another 1-1/2 hours by car to Digos
City, where we were grateful to have just enough time to settle into our hotel
rooms before dinner. After feasting on a delicious Filipino meal, including
sautéed vegetables, rice, noodles, four kinds of meat, and a birthday cake for
Jason, we turned in for the night.
The sun was shining brightly as we proceeded to the teaching
site. Many enthusiastic handshakes ensued, especially for the two teachers who
have taught here previously. We gathered for a time of singing, and a review of
where we are and where we are going. For this group, it is the beginning of the
third and final year. That means learning how to interpret and preach from the
Gospel of John. There are four classes, averaging eleven students each.
Discussions have been lively and the joy of the Lord evident.
The good news at breakfast was that Greg’s luggage had
arrived at the Davao airport. Unlike in North America, the airlines don’t make
personal deliveries. So Greg and Levi headed back to Davao to retrieve the
suitcase. Dick took Greg’s place teaching in the morning and then gave Jim a
break in the afternoon. It is helpful to have six teachers! Greg and Levi
returned safely with the luggage at noon. We are on track for a strong finish
to the week.