We can’t believe we have been here for 1 week already! We have seen and done so much, wishing that all our friends and family could experience this beautiful island in its entirety. It is still hard to believe that places like this exist and that we get to be here for 2 months.
The Jones family has been extremely generous in offering us a home for the past week, but we just moved into their church in Kagman, about a mile away from their house, where we will be staying for the rest of the summer.
On Monday, we were able to help with Veggie Connections, a kids program that is run at Church 360. Saturday we were able to participate and lead the youth group that is meeting weekly and we talked about the virtue of truth.
On Wednesday, Joy and Billy were able to go to Guam for a couple days for Billy’s work and just a little rest for Joy. While they were gone, Tins and I got to watch the kids for a while and have some good bonding time. We got to hike up to Forbidden Island, go to the beach and eat ice cream and doughnuts!
Throughout the week, we handed out flyers and advertised for a youth basketball tournament in Kagman at the community center, hosted by Kagman Community Church (KCC). The Jones family set this event up last year as well, so we were excited to see what this year’s event would bring. We had a great turnout on Sunday, with multiple teams in kids, youth, adult, and women’s brackets! After, everyone walked down to KCC where we had pizza and prizes. Overall, this event was really encouraging to us, the Jones family, and the church, as it hopefully helped connect people in the community and helped bridge the gap between the people of Kagman and the church here, just by them simply stepping foot in the building. A few of them even took some Bibles on their way out.
We are looking forward to the weeks to come, helping out in any way that we can, and just being willing to do whatever is needed.
This passage is posted throughout the walls of the Jones’ home and is a great reminder of why we are here and what all there is to be done:
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”