After a long day of travel, the AKT 1 participants arrived at the Selah Garden Hotel in Manila and were happy to meet fellow PEER teens and enjoy some much-needed rest. On the first full day of the conference, the PEER Teens and facilitators explored Intramuros, the old historic district in Manila. The teens enjoyed seeing beautiful churches and learning about the history of the Philippines.
In the evening, the teens gathered for their first discussion session of AKT 1. The topic was reciprocity and Carrie from the United States discussed Romans 1:12: "that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." In the spirit of reciprocity, the teens shared the spiritual gifts of their countries.
Everyone woke up very early this morning to go to the airport and fly from Manila to General Santos, where the rest of the conference would take place. After a short flight, the AKT 1 delegates climbed into the back of a van for the journey to the CCT Malungon Retreat Center. They were warmly welcomed upon arrival by staff and children of the center, who dressed in traditional Filipino costumes and performed song and dance during the AKT 1 opening ceremony.
The morning began with fellowship and more discussion sessions to empower the teens. Denis of Uganda discussed how and why to share the gospel. Then Stella of Uganda led the teens in brainstorming unique challenges that teens around the world are facing today. The teens worked in groups to discuss possible solutions to these many challenges.
Another early morning - the AKT 1 delegates got up at 4:30am for a visit to the General Santos Fish Port. They enjoyed learning about the tuna industry and meeting the fishermen.
This morning, the AKT 1 participants flew back to Manila for the conclusion of the conference. Once back in Manila, they visited the office of CCT in order to learn more about the organization hosting the conference and interact with their staff.
In the evening, the teens rested while the facilitators came together to reflect on the week's activities, develop a communications plan, and consider the future of PEER Teens.
Today the AKT 1 delegates visited the children in the Visions of Hope homecares at the Magdalena and Rose of Sharon Centers. They played a spirited football game with the boys of the homecare.
This morning, the AKT 1 delegates went to a Sunday service at Day by Day church in Manila. They enjoyed a final moment of worship and fellowship before driving to the airport for the journey home.