It’s hard to believe but today is the last day for most of the group. Yesterday was more of a relaxing day, with a morning shopping trip to the Balikbayan Handicrafts emporium where our group rediscovered their flair for finding bargains. The attraction of 65 per cent off was just too much for us!
But a bit of space in the day gives a bit more time to reflect on our previous day at Tunasan and the girls home in Laguna.
For now I wanted to reflect on another story from the Tunasan Centre
I don’t know about you but I’m a fan of the Voice. There were some memorable performances this year, but at the Tunasan Centre we heard from two girls who would have had four turns from the judges. Their song was part of a wonderful presentation of a music and dance. I could write about any of the performances : the amazing dance to the song Potters Hand for example. But I’m going to focus on a song performed by two girls, Emmaline and Charity, who are 11 and 9.
What is it that music does to us? The song was in Tagalog so I didn’t understand a word. But I found myself moved in my spirit. After the girls had finished, Roel the leader at Tunasan explained that it was a song about a mother’s love for her children and their love for her. I didn’t give that too much more thought.
At lunchtime, I had a photo taken of the girls with Ate Sol and she explained the back story to the song. This cut right through me. The girls had sung it at their mother’s funeral in 2013. This song felt like a form of healing for them. A way of pouring out their love for their Mum.
So often, we can feel like we’re not “doing stuff” on a trip. But just being in the audience for Emmaline and Charity was “doing stuff”, being part of their long term healing.
Emmaline was wearing a bandana round her hand. She unwound it for me revealing quite a nasty burns wound. She had picked it up at home when the electricity shorted….another little insight into life for street families.
Do pray for Emmaline and Charity to progress in their schooling, and please continue to pray for Roel and his team as they lead the work at Tunasan.