I'm back, thank you for your prayers. Other than being 'loved' by sand flies all over my legs & trying not to scratch them, I'm well and alive :) Haha.
It was indeed a priceless experience of God's Love & Faithfulness, a humbling journey indeed. A testimony of how simple life & love can be, without judgement. The Ibans are such a warm and hospitable tribe of people. They served us with all they had, accepted us as one of them and gave up their best rooms and places for us to sleep. When they worship God, their Faith was childlike yet full of passion.
Indeed, Love has no language barriers. I was truly blessed by each and every step taken for the past week. No tiredness can take over the overwhelming experience. With this trip, somehow the Old Testament which I really dread, becomes so much more alive in me.
This missions trip marked a milestone in my journey, to be remembered for life...and I know, the real challenge begins when I'm back to my world, when all the emotions begin to fade. Whether am I able to translate what I have taken with me into action. Prayerfully by God's Grace, I can...we really have less to complain and much to be contented with and grateful for. The Ibans may not have much but they surely have a lot of Love, translated into actions
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
Glimpses of the trip:
The team of different individuals, blended perfectly
The 1st Longhouse at Debak
Those are real skulls, left by yesteryears headhunters. Creepy eh?
This boy in pink was just so entertaining, simply adore him. His name is Unchai
The Ibans at Serantok, burnt down longhouse. A quick stop we made to see them on our way to Selangking
They served us with what they have, such generosity
Have you traveled with chickens in the same van for 4 hours?
Before the 3 hour hike to Selangking
Crossing the rivers
Yay! With God, all things are possible!
Presenting to you Selangking Longhouse, where we stayed for 2 nights. We really have grown to love the residents there. I was sad deep inside when we had to leave to another longhouse
Wouldn't you love this view every morning?
The free medical clinic. Our team consist of a doctor
Have you seen a babi hutan before? Ain't he cute?
Traditional Iban dance. He is real good!
The wannabes. We came out with the term "chi-ban" (chinese + iban)
The agile kid
This boat ride was such a beauty
The wonders of His Creations (these are actual pictures taken during the trip)