Word of the Day: Appreciated
For now I am only posting pictures, exhaustion has set in and tomorrow is water truck day so I need to save my energy for hugs and carrying buckets of water...
Ok, another day has passed and I definitely expended a lot of energy today hugging little people and carrying buckets.
We started our day with Tent Church at 6:00am and it was already packed. Unlike in the United States, people walk around the church and pray out loud for over an hour prior to the beginning of the sermon. Merci Jezi!
It was a bit ironic that we saw a van that said "ME age", it only seemed fitting because back home we live in a very egocentric and selfish society. There was the Middle Ages...now we are in the ME age. I think it was just a little reminder that we are called to care for others no matter how much the world advances around us, people still need each other.
*No pictures were taken at the Home for Sick and Dying Adults to respect their privacy.
The Home for Sick and Dying Adults taught us all a lesson in humbleness. We split into gender specific groups and rubbed lotion all over the bodies of many bed-bound adults and elderly. One of the sisters greeted us in one of the rooms and thanked us for coming, I responded "thank you for having us", she said "they needed you". Many women shamelessly removed their hospital gowns to bask in some one-on-one human touch. It seems so simple. Serving others doesn't have to be an elaborate gesture. Mark in the guest house previously shared that we can either share our time, our talents or our treasures with people. In the States we are generally good about giving our treasure but we are often selfish with our time and our talents.
Our final stop was at La Loo orphanage. We played games, shared some scripture and gave the children plates of beautiful drawn flowers, from some 3rd graders in the United States, reminding them that in order to grow into beautiful flowers (people) they must surround themselves with good things, good friends and kind words. I hope we all remember that lesson for ourselves once we return home. Its funny how its so easy to teach someone else something but forget to put it into practice for yourself.
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4)