Monday, June 20, 2016

The Night Market

Last Saturday we got a chance to have an amazing cultural experience at the night market in Davao. Imagine what seems like hundreds of street vendors selling food, clothes, shoes, bags, and many other items sprawled out all over a street called Roxas. The vendors cook the food right there on the street, so the air is filled with smoke from the grills and the smells of barbeque, seafood, fresh fruit, and a crowd of people. There are tents tightly packed together where the grills/deep fryers and food are kept, with areas to sit down beside them. People push through the gaps between the tents to find a space to order food and sit down. Everyone is kind of sweaty and smokey from being all squished together and from the heat of the fires. Hopefully the pictures below will better help you understand what I am trying to describe to you.
The Night Market on Roxas
We made it to the market at about 6:30, which in the Philippines means the sun had already set. We wove our way through the crowd, led by one of our Filipino friends from the clinic, to find a place to stop and eat. Most of the vendors serve food that is fried or grilled. They have a large selection of shish-ka-bobs of different types of meat and seafood that they have set out, and you pick how many of which kind you want and they cook it in front of you, then dip it in sauce. The meat will most of the time be ordered with rice. A couple of girls on our team are vegetarian, so we went in search of food for them too and eventually found some nachos served with veggies and cheese on top. We also tried some refreshing fruit "shakes" that you could order with mango, avocado, apple, or other fresh fruits. It was so interesting to just get to sit back and watch people interact. We are so thankful that we get to be a part of this wonderful culture for a couple of months, and we are also thankful for the beautiful friends we have made and their willingness to share with us!

Barbeque Pork on the grill
Scripture: Romans 10 :14- "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
Prayer Requests:
Pray for the many lost people we encounter in Davao every day
Pray for our boldness to proclaim the gospel to those we meet

-Mercy Midwives