Dear Family and Friends,
After a bit of a restless night spent listening to local partying and early morning evangelism from a loud speaker mounted on a car, our day kicked off with a discussion of Philippians 3:12-16. Gary talked about striving to “lay hold of that as Jesus also laid hold on us” and discovering what “that” is for each of us. What is the prize that we are striving for?
Next, we headed back to church for the children’s service. All the children from the village were there and we had a chance to meet a few of the newest ones. The youngest one, Naiomi, was not feeling well and fell asleep in Leslie ‘s loving arms. As you heard from Leslie previously, five new children came to the village yesterday. Please pray for them and for this ministry as they try to determine where the funds will come from to care for these little ones.
After church we drove out to the village for lunch with the kids. As we waited for the food, a few of the boys enjoyed a competitive game of bean bag toss provided by Trinity ‘s own Crafts For a Cause. The other boys devoured a stack of children’s books provided by Sharon Tanner, our dear mission friend from Florida. We have seen a remarkable improvement in the children’s reading skills, and English proficiency since our last visit. They love their new school and are learning rapidly. Please pray for all the wonderful volunteer teachers who are making this possible.
Later, at the girls’ house, we jumped rope, colored, read more books and enjoyed getting to know these wonderful young ladies. All too soon it was time to head back to our hotel for dinner and bedtime. Tomorrow we will try our hand at helping the teachers at the school.
So much joy and so much sadness. These children have very few material possessions by our standards but they are rich in friendship, love, and smiles for us all. Several have remembered us from previous visits, what a joy for us!