those of you who have been keeping up with this blog might recall when, a couple of months ago, i wrote a post whilst in the middle of a meltdown from coffee works before shipping off to camiguin with organization b for what was a very poorly planned trip (for like 30 people to another fricking island)…i never really followed up on all that, though, so just very quickly – the trip wasn’t a total disaster, but i didn’t stay through till the end, so i only got to see the island from the jeepney ride to and from the main town, which encompassed more or less the entire circumference of the island and was enough to convince me that chris and i most definitely needed to come back. but i digress.
upon my return to cagayan de oro, as we had some bits to buy from a shopping center called lim ket kai, which is close to the bus stop at which i alighted, i returned to the very same coffee works from whence i had written that last post to await chris, who was making his way from our place to meet me. it was a bit of a journey, so i had some time to kill, and was fiddling about on the computer, trying relatively hard not to stare at the family of americans – as in mom, dad, and three little boys – that were waiting for their breakfast in the same cafe. finally i just had to know who they were and what the heck they were doing in cdo, so i introduced myself with some forgettable joke or something like that. turned out that they were some really kind people from oregon who happened also to be evangelical missionaries running an orphanage in the province just south of us, bukidnon. they weren’t preachy or anything, and i was sincerely interested to learn about what they were doing, since a lot of the premise of their work was in line with some of what i have always envisioned: a place for kids that really encourages local adoption, that works closely with the local government unit to stay in their good graces, and – this is the kicker – that exists in a clean, rural community far enough from the city that going back to the street would be difficult at best for the kids (as they often revert, especially in the first couple of months, for a variety of reasons), but close enough that reuniting with family would be a quick and easy option if it became available. there’s other stuff, but i’m getting boring here.