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Aug. 25, 2013 - The Malaya Branch, Winding Roads & Sickness

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August 25, 2013 - Sunday - What a wretched day!  When I woke up this morning at 5:00 I felt miserable.  Headachey and really sweaty and uncomfortable because it was such a hot humid night and I did not sleep well. The day is nearly over and I still feel exactly the same way if not a bit worse. 
We met the Baileys at the Area Office so we could ride with them to church in Malaya.  We had to pack our lunch and take water bottles etc.  It's a hour and a half drive there. By the time we were 3/4 of the way there I was feeling so awful that I had to ask Brother Bailey to pull over.  I threw up at the side of the road. It was so embarrassing. On these little narrow crowded streets, with people and dogs and cars and shacks and bikes and motorcycles everywhere, it's a wonder Brother Bailey could even pull over and that I didn't barf on someone or something.  I just could not wait one more minute.  I felt really terrible.  Thank heavens I managed to hit just the grass and the side of the road. I assumed I was terribly motion sick.

The Malaya Branch is a pretty nice chapel but it has not a lick of air conditioning.  Lots of ceiling fans but all
they do is move the humidity around.  Better than nothing.  Millions of flies crawl all over everything and
everyone. There are no benches, just school style chairs. But the people were friendly and they love the missionaries.  The children are so beautiful but they have had very little experience with being in church situations as most of their parents are converts.  Their behavior is like normal children with no boundaries, they are disruptive and ill mannered.  Even the young men and women don't have good decision making skills when it comes to church behaviors.  They don't mean ill, they just have never learned any different.  It's very frustrating. The teachers just keep on trying to teach but it is weird.

2 young women in the branch received their mission calls today.  They will both be serving in the Philippines.  One is going to Nago and the other to Bocolod.  It was so exciting to see how thrilled they were to be able to serve and to teach the gospel (ebanghelyo) to their fellow Filipinos.  Such light in their eyes.  Such spirit and drive.  They are both from horrendous poverty and yet they will give up all to serve.

We got home from the church day at 3:50.  Talk about a day.  From 6:45 till 3:45.  Long and hard day.  I used to feel ill when I lived in Colorado and had to drive 30 minutes to church (simbihan).  It's much harder here and there is no escape from the winding miserable roads and the horrible heat and humidity.  I was so spoiled at home with a 2 minute drive to church and perfect air conditioning, a clean building with comfortable seating and only an occasional wayward fly, and a really well equipped library and prepared responsible teachers.  It will happen here eventually.  The Lord loves these people as much as us and wants them to return to him.  We are responsible for helping to make it happen.

I was so sick on the way home and by the time we got here I thought my head was going to explode. At least I made it into the flat and into my bathroom. I had to throw up and then immediately lie down with a wet cloth on my head.  Sister Doig made stir fry, but there is no eating for me. I drank a little soda pop to try and settle my tummy but that did not stay down either.  Neither does water.  I think I am suffering from heat exhaustion.  I experienced heat exhaustion once when I was in my early twenties and once again at another time. This is just like that.  Nothing like falling apart right before my own eyes. I have never done well in the heat and this is probably part of why I feel so wretched whenever I am overly warm.

I am going back to bed right now and it better do some good.  I cannot keep this up for long.

 

READING WITH SISTER O’REILLY

No reading tonight.  Sorry.
New Tagolog words

  • ebanghelyo = gospel
  • simbihan = church

Be good.  I love you all. Miss Kate
Write please.
Love,

Sister O'Reilly

"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving, human soul on another." -- George Eliot

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