I’ve fallen in love with these beautiful children and, even if I wanted to, I can’t get their bright smiles out of my mind. Something I keep thinking about is how God tells us when we empty ourselves in His service He’ll fill us back up and I can’t seem to give myself away fast enough before He overflows me again. Today, before we could get the afternoon children’s program started a thunderstorm hit and it was too late to send the kids home safely. We crammed all of them back into the little church building along with most of the team, care point “staff” and a few ladies who showed up for the Ladies’ Bible Study scheduled for that afternoon. With rain literally blowing vertically through the walls and windows (if you’ve seen the building you’ll know that, yes, rain can easily blow through the walls and windows) we all started praying for the rain to stop and singing worship to our Lord. The most precious moments were when the 80 African children sang 2 songs of praise to Jesus in that wonderful accent. They sing so much better than us and with such spirit! I can’t wait to see them tomorrow and can’t even handle thinking about leaving them. I do miss you, Adam, Charlie and Rylie, tremendously! Say hi to our families for me. Jolene, thanks for the comments! Everyone is still laughing about the Blob comment and that is what it is now known as! 🙂 Love you!
Whew! Day 2. I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday and it’s probably a good thing because I would have shorted out this poor laptop. I can’t even begin to describe what I’m seeing, what I’m experiencing and what I’m feeling. I am emotionally spent. I’ve heard people say before that once they came to Africa, they fell in love with the people and took a part of Africa home with them. I always thought that was an interesting statement and didn’t really get it. I can honestly say God is definitely remolding my thoughts and my heart. I am totally falling in love with Swaziland and the people here. For someone who never wanted to go on a mission trip, I’m already dreading when we have to leave. I miss my daughter terribly but find myself tearing up just thinking about packing up and saying goodbye to these wonderful children and the amazing people involved in making a difference here. Thank you Riverwood, friends and family for your support and prayers. Off to bed for some much needed rest. Much love….
I can’t believe how fast I’ve fallen in love with all these kids. There was one girl today that kept coming up to me to hold my hand and be picked up. She would rest her head on my shoulder and then lift her head, look at me, and just smile. The moment I saw her smile I was hooked. Another little boy was just exhausted so I picked him up and he just rested his head on my shoulder for a while. It was so sweet.
Today we had the chance to take part in the women’s bible study at the church in Enaleni. I was blown away by everything about it. They way they sang was incredible. All the women there were so friendly. They did one song where two people would face each other and sing and do a few actions which included hugging. A few women shared some testimonies and it was so inspiring.
Before the bible study we were trying to do VBS for the afternoon kids and by time we got all the kids into the church and seated, it was pouring rain. It started coming in through the windows, walls, and roof. We moved all the kids onto one side of the church and we spread out around them. We started to sing songs for them and they sang songs back to us. Again I was blown away by the power of their voices.
All in all, today was even more overwhelming than yesterday. It was a great day and I had a stupendous time with the kids. Can’t wait for tomorrow! Please pray for us as it seems like we are getting more and more tired everyday and it’s hard to keep all the emotions in check.