Wednesday was our last day of ministry before we headed home on Friday. Thankfully, we all got the morning and afternoon off as we didn’t have ministry stuff until the evening. So, our team hung out in the pool for most of the morning which was so fun! I had my mask and snorkel with me and got to play with that for a bit and let the kids take turns with it 🙂 They also had a blast.
After swimming for the majority of the day, I went back to the room to give my body a much needed break from the heat and to get ready for our last ministry outing! It was so weird because being outside made my sunburn feel worse, but being in a room with AC made me want to bundle up with blankets :/ I think my skin just got hypersensitive to the air as I’ve never been that burnt or anywhere that hot and humid before!
Since we were going to a church anniversary that evening, myself and the other girls in my room figured we’d wear dresses as it was a special occasion for where we were going – I even dressed my hair up with some Frangipani flowers! Anyways, once everyone was ready, we traveled by bus about 45 minutes away from the resort to a pastors house to celebrate their church’s 4th anniversary. When we arrived at the place, we spent some time checking out the area, took pictures, enjoyed each others company, ate a FANTASTIC meal (yay, food :D) and then enjoyed a service of worship and dancing.
The meal as I said was FANTASTIC! I’ve don’t think I’ve never tried lobster before, and my was it good 🙂 It was nice ‘n buttery and tasted pretty good! So now I can say I’ve had [fresh] lobster. We also had chicken and vegetables, rice and beans, [fresh] plantain chips that were warm, salty and delicious (my mouth is watering as I’m describing this haha), some kind of potato made with spices/herbs, and cucumber slices and pineapple. It was dee-licious 😀 After our meal, other locals started showing up and we made our way to another bigger area of the yard where the celebration was held.
As I sat down with some girls from my team, I noticed across and off to the side from me on the “stage” (flat concrete platform on the ground) the same group of girls that I had taught some Hula to on Sunday. It was awesome 🙂 Both our group and the younger girls I met on Sunday got to dance, and then our group did an audience participation piece called “Bambelela“, which is Zulu for “Hold On” [to Jesus]. During the “Bambelela” part of the song, you walk forwards and backwards as you hold your arms out in front of you like you’re holding onto Jesus, and move your shoulders back and forth. The girl in front of me was the one who first came up to me on Sunday motioning for me to teach her Hula, and she had such a big smile on her face when she saw me. I was happy to see her again to! That same night we had an alter call where one of the locals gave his life to Jesus… it was pretty cool to see. He looked so happy after 🙂
After all that fun, it was time to say adios to everyone and head back to the resort for the last time. Thursday was our teams’ last hoopla and day off before heading back to Canada on Friday, and it was soo much fun! Stay tuned for More 😀