Friday, 4 November 2011

The real Manila

MLC conference ended on Sunday last week.  I had an interview/meeting on Monday, so I stayed a few extra days in Manila waiting for the next flight back to PNG.  I transferred from the hotel to guest quarters at Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS).  So here are a few pictures of the real Manila...

Let's start with a brief tour of the seminary.

I'm guessing these kiddos are children of some of the seminary students.  The little guy with the bow and arrow is from PNG :).

Elis (middle in blue shirt), and James and Della are PNG students studying at APNTS.  After finishing her studies, Elis will be returning to PNG to teach at our Bible college.  James and Della are hoping to become missionaries.  They were all excited to visit with their wantoks!

One afternoon I ventured off campus to look for something to cook for dinner.  These are some of the sites from the local road bung.

Who knew there were so many kinds of rice?

These colorful "jeepney" trucks are the public transportation of Manila.

On the way to the airport on Thursday afternoon, we experienced the infamous bumper-to-bumper traffic of Manila.  We also drove through some regular neighborhoods.  The images were incredible, and the poverty--wow.  It was so interesting to hear the comments of the Papua New Guineans in the group.  One of the biggest questions was, "Where do the Filipinos grow their sweet potatoes?"  Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture the sites on my camera.

Speaking of airport, we arrived in plenty of time to find out that our Wednesday night flight from Manila to Port Moresby was delayed until Thursday morning :(.  Fortunately we were put up in a pretty nice hotel.  Unfortunately that meant we also missed our connecting flight to Mt. Hagen the following day, and had to stay yet another night in Port Moresby.  That is a whole other story!  Thank the Lord, our weary group of travelers made it home safely on Friday morning.

"When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."
~ Matthew 9:36-37

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