Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An Island Experience :)

Wow!  What a fun last three days!  Here are some pictures of our trip to Cébaco--we started by leaving at 12:45 Sunday morning.  We drove a couple of hours to the nearest town, and there we got on a bus with other Adventists from the surrounding area churches.  Then, we drove about 6 hours to the coast.

In the bus at 2am

Just arrived!--Unloading the bus, and getting ready to load the lancha (boat)

A view from the lancha

After we arrived, we loaded all of our backpacks, food, and tents onto the boat.  It took about 3 boat loads to get everyone and all of our stuff over there.  Here's a video I took of part of the boat ride:

Cébaco Island!

A grass hut

Relaxing on the hammock :)

It was so beautiful!  It was definitely tropical--there were lots of tropical plants, and it was very hot.  And, the ocean water was so warm!!  After we got there and unloaded our things, Sandra, Danielle, and I took a short walk on the beach.  We found so many beautiful shells--and big ones too!  There were also lots of wildlife--pelicans, scorpions, crabs, turtles, butterflies of many colors, and fireflies.  It was my first time seeing fireflies, so that was pretty neat!

After we set up camp, we ate a quick lunch, and then headed off to the beach.  The water was so warm!  We went swimming--it was my first time swimming in the ocean.  There were no big waves, but just small ones, and some rolling waves as the tide came in.   It was so much fun!

The island kids we went swimming with Sunday evening.

Monday morning worship

Monday morning after worship, we ate breakfast and then headed to the Adventist church (still being built--some of the guys who came on the trip were actually helping to finish it).  There were health lectures from 9-1pm, and also a kids meeting.   Quite a few locals came--the church was full. 


The first baptized Adventist on Cébaco Island

A cute little baby I got to hold just before I went to the kids' meetings.

The kid's meetings were held in this public school right by the church.

For the kids, we started by teaching them a few songs.

They also played a little game.  Then they had a Bible story.

After the meeting was done for the day, those who went to the adult meetings got a bag of fresh vegetables and some canned goods--things they can't easily get on the island.  Each of the kids got presents--toys. 

After the meetings were done, we had the afternoon free.

Fresh coconut!

A group of us hopped on another boat that took us to a sandy beach where we played volleyball and enjoyed the warm water.

We got pretty wet on the ride over!

Tuesday morning we loaded all of our things back onto a boat and headed back home!  I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to go to the island!--an experience I will never forget!

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year--can't believe that another year has gone by!  As tomorrow rolls around, don't forget to remember and thank God for everything He has done for you this past year.  We have much to be grateful for!

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