Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Day 2- Dares' Special Needs and Home For Sick and Dying

 Dares' Home for Special Needs opened my eyes to true joy but also true helplessness. I found that the kids who were almost completely dependent upon others had the greatest joy in everything, they never ceased to cry out hallelujah or Jesus loves you, this blew my mind. These kids struggle with the easiest tasks but they were always smiling and full of love for us and for each other.
 The little boy in the orange shirt pretty much ran the place and stole everyone's toys but he also pushed kids into adventuring with him. I loved pushing him in a wheelchair while he would yell out "Beep Beep" and high five everyone. He was a joy for everyone to be around and he wouldn't let go of my hand. It was an amazing experience that I want to bring back with me and make a difference.

 On the other hand this beautiful girl was paralyzed from the neck down and couldn't move. It was very hard to watch her without knowing the best way to convey love to her. I sat with her head in my lap and played with her hair and earlier Ozzie Sr. held her. It brought tears to my eyes knowing that I couldn't do anything to give more love to her. I had no idea what she wanted but I tried my best to give as much love to her as possible.

The other half of our team went to the home for sick and dying, but we couldn't take pictures there as it wasn't allowed. However, that time of caregiving was one of a kind for Trent, Kate, Alison, Dobee, Annie, Dana, and Ellie. They were able to hold and love on these children and found significant times where these moments resulted in a chain reaction of love that could only be due to God's power. Just ask about the experience that Dobee had.

 Catching some Zs on the way to Grace Village. Here we are being explained the process of aquatonics. That is being changed after this year and other ways to help the haitians learn how to better farm the land are just around the corner.

Here we are doing some pregame prepping as we prepare for the start of our sport camp. Making friendships with the kids before the camp actually begins.

The view from Grace village toward the Atlantic ocean.
This day was another blessing from God. We were all happy to have the chance to serve him whole heartedly.
  blogged by - Tessah Anderson