A United Methodist congregation in PA sent a team of five to a small island in the Philippines. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the matching funds were sought "to support our efforts to provide a playground, medical supplies, and rice to the people" of this island in the Philippines. According to the application materials, "this will be a two week venture. Our first goal, week one, is to build a playground for the children as they currently have only hard dirt ground to play on. The playground will include a slide, swing, and also a basketball hoop. The playground will be placed on the grounds outside their school facility, and it will be available not just to the schooled children but also those who cannot attend school due to insufficient funds. It is also a structure that will be useful year-round. Currently these children are playing in sewer water and we feel that this will give them a more safe and sanitary place to play. Our second goal, week two, will be to serve on a medical mission which will distribute thousands of dollars of medicine and medical services to individuals" in the area. The application materials continue, "During this same time, we will also be handing out bags of rice to the poorest of the poor. During these two weeks, we will also be sharing the word of God to these adults and children in the hope of bringing them to the Lord. We will provide Bible lessons to the children and hand out faith bracelets and Bibles so that they remember that God is always available to them." The church's Mission Match application letter stated, "This is the first effort of this magnitude that our church has supported as a church mission trip. We expect this to be the beginning of a new and wonderful experience in serving God internationally." In follow-up materials from the congregation it stated, "As a result of participating in a mission trip to the Philippines earlier this year, members of our congregation promised to return to build Ryan's Playground in memory of Ryan, who died while undergoing heart surgery at age 4. His father serves as pastor" at a church in Virginia. According to a church follow-up report to Mission Match, "The playground, dedicated in memory of Ryan and Dana, (the children in memory are that of the Philippine pastor who led the trip and a member of the team) was built in 2009. Much of the work was performed by the men and women of this island" (in the Philippines) along with the American team members. The follow-up comments continue, "The children and families of this small island were greatly blessed by this constant reminder of their Christian friends in the USA. This was the first and only playground within the many surrounding islands and created much interest." The follow-up report from the congregation also said, Philippine "school leaders asked, 'How was this done?' A teacher from the school, thought to be a non-believer of God, simply said it was a God thing!"