Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Anna & Abbie Day 3
We are back by popular demand.
Some of the ladies woke up early for the sunrise this morning, while the men decided to get some (much needed) beauty sleep. We ate another delicious breakfast with French toast, eggs and fruit. After devotions on the patio, and lathering on some sunscreen, we all squeezed into the Tap Tap for another bumpy ride to City Soleil. Greeted by the many children, we got out the jump ropes and bubbles. The kids (and mothers) loved to jump rope with all of us. We blew bubbles with all the little kids, and even had time for a bible lesson. We taught about God’s promises by using a rainbow and its colors to help them understand. The bible lesson was successful, and by the end all the kids were dancing and singing about Jesus. After the fun morning we all went back to the guest house to shower, change, and munch on snacks.
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to visit Papillion Enterprises- an organization dedicated to orphan prevention and job creation. We were led on a tour around the area and learned about all the processes that went into making the sold goods. Our team spent time shopping and looking at the gift shop.
After Papillion, our team split into 2 groups- One went to the “Home for Sick & Dying Babies.” Another went to Gertrude’s…a special needs orphanage.
Home for Sick & Dying Babies- When we arrived we had an option of two rooms, one was infants and the other was toddlers. In the toddlers room we started off by feeding them and changing diapers. They begged to be held and cuddled. We gave them lots of love and attention, hopefully making their day a little better. We were heartbroken to leave them all, but we left feeling grateful for the opportunity to visit and hopefully make a difference.
Gertrude’s Special Needs Orphanage- Upon arrival, we were greeted by a group of enthusiastic kids ranging in age and ability. They were so excited to play with us! We played hopscotch, drew with chalk, and rolled them around in their wheelchairs. Mike and Dave even showed up the younger girls with their hopscotch skills. (We only wonder why they kept their talent hidden from us for so long.) Needless to say, the kids kept us pretty occupied. The joy on the children’s faces was unexplainable.
We ended the day with tacos and some hot sauce that was too hot for some to handle (aka Anna), but Ellie was a trooper and helped to finish off the left-overs. Our team debrief time after dinner was a great way to connect back up as a group and share our experiences. We think Ruth summed up the day perfectly tonight with her word of the day- Joy.
Sorry for the late post tonight, but Anna and Abby felt a little "girl talk" and time to play with the new puppies was more important than sharing all the amazing ways God is working through each of us :) Or, perhaps it could be the slow internet connection...