Monday, August 15, 2011

Woman of Joy

I was invited to join a local mission to visit the slum area of Manila while visiting a good friend there—a missionary couple that stationed in the Philippines.

Following my guide, we made one special stop during the walking tour of Smokey Mountain (a common name for the slum area) to dropping by a very small shack where a ladies meeting was taking place. There were about 4 to 5 women inside this crowded area. They were singing, clapping their hands and simply making sounds of joy, despite the hash physical environment they were at and the hardship they were enduring.

It's been quite some time now since I took the picture at this ladies meeting. Looking back, that brief encounter with the ladies had me discovered joyfulness is indeed a thing of the heart.

Manila, Philippines