Joel standing on the American artillery gun
Waiting to get on our small bunka boats with outriggers
Going across the ocean
About half way back, our tiny little motor stopped working. The young Filipino boy could not speak English, but we knew he was frantically trying to start the motor as we watched the other boats get farther and farther away. In between trying to fix the motor, he was bailing water out of the boat. It seems it had a major leak! Joel kept reassuring me we were fine, but when the boy handed us both our own empty cans and motioned for us to start bailing, we decided it was time to pray.
I'm looking back here for help.......
(Remember there were no cell phones at this time.)
The whole time we prayed we scooped out small cans of water. After about 10 minutes of bailing and praying out loud while waves rocked the boat, we noticed another bunka boat coming back for us!! It seemed like it took forever to arrive, but in another 10 minutes or so, we were tied by a rope to the boat of God's "angel without wings" and we were able to get across the bay, while continuing to scoop water out of the bottom of the boat and thanking God for hearing our prayers.
Over the years I have thought about that day and applied it to our lives many times over. We did what we could in a bad situation and prayed for God's intervention at the same time. We were limited in what we could do, but God was not. He never is. So it stands today. We do what we can, pray for God's help and rest in the knowledge that we may be limited in what we can do, but God is not!!!! We trust Him to be with us, rescue us, restore us.
We will never forget that day. It was scary at the time, but also a great adventure with God! It built our trust in our God, while at the same time helped us realize we are strong and courageous because of who lives in us and is always with us. Even in bunka boats on the sea!