Seaton Mission Team 2017
On October 18, 2017, Rehoboth welcomed 14 visitors from Seaton Community Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Seaton Community Church, led by Pastor Barry Douglas, began their partnership with Rehoboth in 2014 and brought their first mission team to the Philippines in October 2015. This year, we welcomed Seaton back to the Philippines for the second time for a 2-week visit.
During their visit, the Seaton team were involved in a number of projects and activities at Rehoboth. They helped out in our Eco-Learning Farm, building cement posts for our dragonfruit trees, planting, weeding and landscaping, and setting foundations for a pighouse and chicken coops. At the Home, they facilitated a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, lessons in knitting and hairdressing, and sports and games with our kids. They also developed our kids spiritually through prayer space, kids club ministry activities, and Freedom In Christ sessions with our young people.
In addition to the work and activities, the visitors and our kids were able to engage in valuable cross-cultural exchange. Our residents learned about life and traditions in Scotland and the Seaton team experienced first hand Filipino culture and way of life. The team went on home visits, a trip to the local town, and tasted a variety of Filipino foods. The Seaton team and Rehoboth residents and staff enjoyed an overnight R&R trip to Morong, Bataan where everyone enjoyed time together and playing at the beach. On the way home from Morong, we stopped by Mt. Samat Memorial Shrine in Pilar, Bataan where visitors, staff, and visitors learned about the history of the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March, a significant piece of Philippines history.
On the visitors’ last night, we had our second Cultural Night where everyone enjoyed Filipino party games, Filipino and Scottish dances, songs, and evening meal featuring Filipino and Scottish dishes. We ended the night singing “Auld Lang Syne” and saying goodbyes.
Rehoboth is incredibly thankful to the Seaton Community Church for their love, support, and partnership in everything we do here in the Philippines. We are proud to have you as part of the Rehoboth family and we look forward seeing you all again!