A first highlight was the Summer Camp for young folks hosted by our church at the Granada Ecopark near Bacolod in the province of Negros Occidental. April is still the dry season (more or less) and on top of that school vacation time in the Philippines. We had the wonderful chance to spend a whole week with the young ladies and gentlemen of our Filipino Congregation. Activities amongst others included water sports, cricket, photography, leather craft, giving small presentations, horse riding, roughing it in an adventure park, shooting with bow and arrow and more. We were very much inspired by the desire and passion of these teenagers to learn, grow and become better. And by the fun it was to be around them. Simply a very special bunch!
In 1828. That´s when the oldest church on the Cook Islands was built! We got a free ride with the cook of our accommodation to Arutanga, where this church is located. As it was renovated in 2010 it doesn´t look its age! Arutanga by the way is also the largest village on Aitutaki and also has a shop, an ATM and a police-station.