Thursday, July 05, 2007

Equipment Purchasing Day!

Our second day in Cagayan de Oro began with the opportunity to chat via Instant Message with a couple of loved ones at home ... in fact, I got to watch a little of our Wednesday night service live via the Christian Challenge webpage. It was wonderful to get to hear some of the worship and a little of David Stellwagon's message. The Internet has totally changed our lives in so many ways that we probably take them for granted.

We had a wonderful breakfast and a great time of prayer before heading out to purchase equipment for the three film teams. We started out at a fabric store, picking out the material for the screens and giving instructions on how they were to be sewed. The seamstress will have the three screens ready for us tomorrow. In the photo Bennie, Jessie, Patrick and Elmerson discuss the particulars of the three screens with the seamstress. The fabric store had every type of fabric imagineable, and some I never would have imagined. (They also had a large selection of shoe soles for making shoes, especially tennis shoes, believe it or not.) This is typically how CSC arranges for screens in each country. It's more cost effective and you get what you want. Another advantage of using cloth screens is that the projected movie is generally visible from both sides, allowing for larger audiences to see the films. (Of course this doesn't work well for subtitles!!! )

Then it was back in another Jeepney to head to a mall where Bro. Elmerson had already scoped out some of the equipment. We used Jeepneys to transport ourselves all day long. It cost about 10 cents per person to ride as long as you figure out which one to get on. They run routes around town and you get get just about anywhere fairly cheaply. (In this picture you can really see the Jeep influence on the front. I was told the name Jeepney is a combination of "Jeep" and "Nissan". Another theory is the "ney" comes from "knee" since people sit knee to knee in the back, facing each other.

Every one is unique, a reflection of the owner or driver. We saw some absolutely beautiful ones around town that really impressed us. It was a little hard to get in and out for a big fellow like me, but it's a great method of transportation. There are also a lot of tricycles on the road, both motorized and human powered. I did get the chance to ride in the front on one of our Jeepney jaunts and so I videoed a little bit from the passenger seat. You can take a look below:

Unfortunately the store we visited didn't have the projector we needed but we were able to purchase some amplified speakers and DVD players. So it was off to another mall, then another mall, then some other stores, then back to the original mall to pick up the speakers and DVD players. We were able to purchase one projector but we're still looking for two more. There are several stores that have projectors but a very important feature to us is the projector must have a cleanable filter. So many of our films are shown outdoors that we need to protect the equipment as much as possible.

I took several pictures of different things that you might enjoy. You can see the pictures I took at: You may want to view them as a slide show.

I just have to share one more piture here, though. We ate lunch at a Japanese tea room in one of the malls and after lunch we ordered a common dessert called "Halo Halo" which means "mix mix". It's a mixture of purple-colored vanilla ice cream, red and green jello, yellow corn and some brown root along with something else I don't remember, all on a bed of crushed ice and sprinkled with corn flakes. I didn't order one but Patrick did. He only ate the ice cream! (You can see the picture of Patrick and the dessert on my Flickr site.

We finished up our shopping by buying sturdy plastic suitcases for each man to carry and store the equipment in (lined with foam) and headed back to the hotel. We had to take two taxis this time because we had so much equipment. We still need two more projectors so Bro. Elmer is out scouting some stores as I type this. We'll finalize the purchases tomorrow and do equipment training as well. Then Saturday we head back to Manila to catch our flight to Hong Kong, then to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Well, that about wraps it up for today. We're all pretty tired so we'll be getting to bed fairly early. (I was up entirely too late last night!) I wish I could say we've adjusted to the time zone difference but you just don't adjust to a complete swapping of day and night very easily. But we're coping and God is giving us strength. Thank you for your prayers, comments, emails and support. We are very encouraged. Talk to you tomorrow!

Nathan <><
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