The Philippines

Can I just start by saying THANK YOU to anyone who had anything to do with my trip, whether it was fundraising or praying! It was an amazing trip and opportunity that couldn’t have happened without your help and prayers!

Now it has been almost three week since I got back from the Philippines and I am drowning in homework and I am still feeling under the weather, as well as most of the girls on my trip. Almost all 27 of us ended up sick with colds and strep throat.

For right now, I am just going to answer the most common question I have been getting and it is…

What was your favorite part?

I loved everything about this trip, and there was a lot that we did everyday, but my ultimate favorite part of my trip was getting to hang out with Josie’s girls. Kids International Ministries owner, Jeff Long’s daughter is Josie and she grew up in the Philippines. After she graduated high school she went to the states to get her cosmetology degree then she went back to the Philippines for a short period of time. During that time she led a weekly Bible study with local girls and just fell in love with them. She got to hear a lot of their stories and a lot of them were living in unsafe homes, so God placed a dream on her heart. Today she has officially adopted 38 girls from the ages of 12-22 and most of them had been sexually abused.

Our team was originally created as an all girls team so that we could love and minister to these girls. So on Tuesday, all 37 girls (one girl was brought into the family after we left) came over to KIM to make journals, have worship and to do a devotion. It was quite different then what I was thinking it would be like. It started with us just meeting a bunch of the girls and I hit it off with a couple of them. Next we split off into small groups and had a devotion time. This was fun, but the best part was worship. I can’t even explain it, but when we started singing songs that the girls knew, the atmosphere changed. We sang and danced with love for the same God and it was such a cool experience!

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I thank God for my experience and I am grateful that it was even possible for me to travel to the Philippines. I can’t wait to see where else God sends me. Love you all.

Ashley

Ashley

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