teen team

My friend Michelle and her daughter Brynn recently traveled to the Philippines to visit Brynn’s Compassion child. Of course it was a very moving experience. As I looked through the photo book Michelle made of the trip I was quickly transported backward to the mid ’60s when I traveled with a Youth for Christ Teen Team to what was then called the Orient.

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Here’s our team. Do you notice that Mauri made up a fifth of that same team? Yet another piece of our common history.

Michelle had a picture of a Jeepney, which we experienced as well.

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I recognize a familiar trombone case nearby.

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We experienced other kinds of transportation.

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We walked a 5-inch plank to board this boat, shared with a couple of sleeping pigs.

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This pig is sleeping too, right? One day we had four full Thanksgiving dinners, this being one of them. Oh, we had some interesting dining experiences! Yours truly, a not so brave eater, had to stretch some to swallow the likes of duck webbed feet.

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The purpose of our trip, of course, was to share our love for Jesus with young people in Hawaii, Korea, Hong Kong, Formosa (Taiwan), Philippines, and Japan.

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We gave 400 “presentations” in four months, mostly in schools like this one. Mauri remembers one day when we sang in 11 places, early morning to late night.

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Students would sit on the floor in perfect rows and not even wiggle or talk.

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This outdoor venue was memorable.

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Maybe you can understand why.

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This was memorable for Marilyn, who usually had to play a little pump organ rather than a piano.

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The audience wasn’t always young.

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Marilyn and I fit right in, don’t we? Mauri wasn’t far away; I know because I see his trombone case again.

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Who could forget visiting a home for the leprous?

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And, oh, the orphanage! This picture was chosen for the cover of the book(let) published of my journal entries of the trip. It became a best seller.

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You don’t believe that, I can tell.

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The Hawaiians really loved Mauri. You do believe that, I can tell!

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I’m quite fond of this picture, given what we know now. Marilyn and I bought our lined embroidered cashmere sweaters in Hong Kong. I kept mine for a long time. I kept in touch with Marilyn for a long time too. She became a cruise ship entertainment pianist. But sadly we’ve lost track of her.

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Winding down. You’ve no doubt lost interest by now. But if you stuck with it, here’s your reward: a picture of my dear man that inspired me to write this poem:

See that driver? Catch those eyes!
They were made to mesmerize.
Just his casual, sideways glance
Puts me in a star-eyed trance.
I could sit back here all day
And let him look at me that way.
Kick my shoes off, settle in,
While we take a little spin.
And if I’m feeling bravely blunt
I’ll ask to join him in the front.

No, I didn’t write that in the ’60s. Closer to 1994, the year I asked for his thigh in marriage.

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8 Responses to teen team

  1. LOVED it all Sherry. I want to read that journal. I’m serious. Do you still have a copy? That would be really fun. What an amazing life with so many adventures! You sang for THOUSANDS. Wow! Thank you for sharing. Glad you made it out of prison 🙂

  2. Mary Schrock says:

    Enjoyed your photo journal of past experiences…..thanks for sharing.

  3. Howard Macy says:

    How very fun to see your pix and hear the stories. I think all the pix are new to me, though the handsome young man you talk about I’ve known about for quite a while.

  4. Phyllis says:

    I really enjoy your stories and interesting pictures from the past. We never know what the future holds when we cross paths with people.

  5. Craig MacDonald says:

    Outstanding. Praise God.

  6. Marcile says:

    I love the stories of old-I mean long-time-friendships! You tell them best.

  7. Paula says:

    The photos remind me of those my dad brought back from his “Orient” travels with “The World Vision Quartet” (aka Four Flats) in the mid-50s. Amazing how many people came out for those kinds of evangelistic meetings, huh? And the schools! Thanks for sharing, Sharon. 😉

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