It is not an island, but the best way to get there is by boat. Ransohan is a barangay of Lucena City – a highly urbanized city on the Southern coast of the Luzon Island in the Philippines. Ransohan is considered a coastal barangay with a total population of about 1,500 people. Of the 1,500, only 800 plus are voting residents. I would guess a good number of the remaining 700 would be children under the age of 18, but I’m not positive. A local pastor invited us to join them on their regular Saturday morning trip to this barangay to teach the children.
So, around 8:00am on Saturday morning we crawled on on a boat, headed for the open waters…well, almost. Pictured here are church members and the pastor on the left. The driver of the boat is near the back with a hat on. I forgot to get a picture of this, but he is steering the boat with a string. If you pull it the boat goes right, if you let it slack the boat goes left (or something like that).
These are small houses that we passed along the bank of the river. I would guess the occupation for many of these people is fishing. Although, we did see a security guard getting on a boat going back to Lucena City. So, I am sure that some live here and commute to Lucena or another city close by.
This small boat was carrying drinking water to Ransohan. They have wells for their “service” water, but it is not good for drinking.
Do you see the old lighthouse? This is the bank where we docked. We walked a very short distance to the waiting tricycles and pedi-cabs that would take us to the house where the children waited.
Here’s my family getting ready to ride a tricycle. This was my wife’s first time! Funny thing happened at the end of the ride. There were probably 8 or 9 of us on this tricycle driving down a somewhat narrow paved sidewalk with no curb. Well, the driver misjudged the distance and the right tire (my side) slipped over the edge and pulled the whole tricycle off the sidewalk. Other than the driver scraping up his foot and severely bruising his pride, everyone was okay. To make him feel better, I rubbed my belly and told him it was because this big American was sitting on that side. That seemed to cheer him up a bit. 🙂
We are following the pastor on a short walk (since we decided to ditch the tricycle) to the place where the children where waiting. The two boys in matching shirts are the pastor’s sons. They really love Carter and are always showing him how to do something or helping him in some way. They are real good boys.
These boys are helping me tell the story about how the disciples didn’t want the children to be brought to Jesus but how Jesus wanted the children to come close. We talked about how much Jesus loves the little children of the world!
They know the songs! I think they were singing “Read Your Bible Pray Every Day” in these pictures. Precious!
The owners of this property designated this area just for the weekly children’s services. It was actually a very kind and generous gesture because they have limited space as it is. They had to relocate the area where they butcher the pigs, as well as move a concrete entrance a few feet over. That might not seem like a lot to you, but for them this was a sacrifice especially since this family is not even in the church. This picture shows the roof – I’m not sure what they call it but it is made of grass that can be found along the river.
This is the family’s running water. The more you pump it the more water you get!
On the way back to Cotta Port I got a good shot of this old boat. I was shocked to learn that they were still using it for fishing. It looks fairly dilapidated. I’m not sure I would be ready for a voyage whether near or far! It doesn’t look seaworthy to me. But, what do I know about boats?
This is the rest of our group in a smaller boat. We beat them. 🙂
What an exciting trip. It was neat to see new things, meet new people, and see the children whose lives are being touched every Saturday morning. I hope to go back real soon!