a heart for africa

2011: Day 14

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 |

We wanted to get an early start this morning…so we ate breakfast at 7:30 and headed over to the TUBE…today we continued to help with updating the childrens files and taking photo, as well as decorating their backpacks (which by the way, the backpacks worked out better than we had hoped!!) and making cards for all their sponsors. Cindy, Olivia, Genesis finished painting the girls toenails and fingernails (mani-pedi’s). All the girls felt so special. We were able to serve them their tea and bread and break time again. It was a great day…but even a greater night. So many times what happens is, we will be sitting in among the kids during a meeting, and the speaker will look at me and say, “Now we will have Pastor Mike and his group come up and greet you.” He did that again tonight, but this time he said, “Share a song with us…or 3 songs, and share something with us.” Funny, it always happens, but it seems to always catch us off guard. So, we sang and did the hand motions to, “Every Move I Make” and “Father Abraham”. Then each of us had an opportunity to share from our heart and tell the kids how much we love them. Kenya has really had a positive affect on everyone on the team. When we got back to the hotel and had a chance to share with each other about the time here and then heard from Rose, Stanley and Paul…they are all very encouraging. Stanley said that, by far, we were to most energetic group they had ever had come. He said, “Most groups, at about 4 or 5, are ready to come back to the hotel and call it a day. But you guys, we have to pull you away and make you come home. It is so great, you have had such a huge impact on these kids. It is great how you have integrated into the community. You are not a group here from America, you are part of this city.” Yes! That is what we wanted so badly, to be a part of what was going on, not to be the focus. It has been a great day and we are feeling the sadness of leaving our family here in Kenya tomorrow.
Your Africa Team
Hebrews 11:6
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Theme verse for the Camp)