After a restful night's sleep (not so much for my traveling companions--I told them they shouldn't have taken that nap!) we were downstairs at 10:00 a.m. for the hour's ride through Manila's back roads to the Bible School. It was Manila at it's finest. Snarled traffic, jeepneys, trikes, open meat on the sidewalks and people everywhere. I don't think Kendra said one word during the entire ride except to utter "Thank you, Jesus!" a few times when we narrowly escaped hitting or getting hit. It's great!
We arrived at the school about 5 minutes before the chapel service started. It was great to see this group of students again. We were here in July, 2008 right after this school year began, and now we are here at the end right before graduation. The spirit is the same.
After incredible worship, Pastor Sam spoke on "What You Have in Your Hand is Enough" using the story of the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. He did an incredible job and the altar service at the end was extremely powerful.
We are so very blessed. Not because of what we have or where we live or material things, but because we are children of God. Our lives and the lives of the students and staff of ACTS are polar opposites in culture and custom---but our connection is immediate.
Because we are all children of the same God.
Because we all have the same innate desire within us to serve the same God.
Because our ultimate destination is the same place.
It never ceases to amaze me how language, lifestyles, and cultures can be so vastly different, yet there is immediate connection when the Spirit is present.
Heaven is beyond our imagination, isn't it?