As we drove down the dirt road to the school everyone knew it was their last day with the kids and teachers. These kids have become a part of us over these past two weeks. Every time we walk in they yell our names and we knew it was our last time for those final hugs.
We arrived with two suitcases and two totes full of string backpacks for each of the kids. The backpacks contained a coloring book, crayons, socks, toothbrush & toothpaste, stuffed toy, a shirt and car for the boys, dress and hairband for the girls.
We quickly went to work filling food bags for the moms that contained rice, beans, sugar, tea, soap, lard, maize flour, T-Shirt, small lotion, toothbrush and little first aid kit. The mothers were coming as we quickly finished up the bags.
The lower level two classrooms were opened up into one large room with all the moms and lots of babies piled in. One of the moms got up and led everyone in a very fun African praise song with clapping and dancing. All the students were joining in. To hear the beautiful praise made you know that we were in God’s house. After affirming the women and letting them know that we were there to help them educate the children, Suzan gave her testimony followed by Mike encouraging the women and let them know they are loved by God. Kylie, Shelley, Arlene and Jessica followed with a brief praise to God and allowing each of them to come and love on their children.
We gathered up the children for a group picture and then passed out the backpacks and food bags. After than the courtyard was filled with everyone hugging and taking pictures and tears saying good-bye to kids that now are part of us.
Kylie and Shelley had not had a chance to go on home visits, so Hellen took them on a quick walk through the village and down to the river and visited a family. It is always so humbling to see where these little ones run to go home and know that their lives can only be changed by getting an education and giving their lives to Jesus. God has a plan for each of them and they are precious to Him. They are His Children.
Tomorrow we go to Kibera. The biggest slum in Africa.