Well. I will be the first one to say that when the going gets tough, my blog gets nothing. After a frantic 2.5 months of preparation for many activities culminating in our attendance at the Human Rights conference in Manila next month, I can finally say that I’m on my way. Tomorrow night, I’ll be returning to the Philippines. It will only be for a month, but in this upcoming month I’m looking forward to renewing relationships, seeing old friends, marveling at how fast babies have grown up, sweating in the heat, riding a habal habal, not stressing for a while and experience Mindanao for the first time through the wonder and excitement of our first time missioners.
I feel like an old soul having written that last phrase. A wise old soul with some new toys to make my trip easier. I went to REI and finally bought a hammock, something I’ve wanted for awhile. I also picked up a water purification system, very portable, which gives my mind a great deal of ease as it filters out bacteria and virus’ (HAHA Amoeba! no joy for you!) I also got a portable solar panel charger. I’m usually don’t plan on bringing too many electronic devices, however, remembering past missions, I think it will be a good investment for the present and the future. Plus it’s green energy. What’s not to love?
This past weekend I was at the Cal-Pac Annual Conference. It was in fact, my first annual conference ever. Joy Prim, my dear colleague in mission wrote her a reflection of her experiences here (http://joyprim.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/the-highlight-reel/) I don’t really have many reflections about AC, rather, I was asked to do some public reflecting in a morning Plenary session. There is a video archive of this. I’ll post a separate blog about what I said and link the video in there.
Right now, I’m just doing my laundry, trying to remember to do the things I need to before I leave, and pick out which bag I should take with me. I’ll be adding more content to my blog once I arrive in the Philippines, about my vacation and my work, so I’ll keep you posted 🙂