Never have I hugged over 50 people in 5 minutes, that is until today. As we lined up along the walls, each child stopped for a hug or a handshake. Our hearts were full as we met each child with a warm embrace. We then served them their breakfast and joined them afterwards. Honestly, I was so awkward and terrified at first. I mean I’m not the type of person who is particularly skilled at starting conversations with strangers, much less people who speak a different language as me. It wasn’t long, though, until I was playing soccer with a group of 10 yr old boys, who I would hang with the rest of the day. Throughout the day, we all went to devotional and then played about a million different games. We danced. We chased each other around. We straight goofed all day long. It was so much fun. Throughout the day, God reminded me of 1 John 4:18 (There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love). God’s love has no insecurities, and it’s not afraid to reach out. The best way I can love someone is the way Christ loved me. Loving with Christ’s love doesn’t even worry about lacking the particular skill set I was so concerned about not having this morning.
-Faith Thompson (12th)
Today was an amazing day filled with lots of love and fun games. I woke up this morning very excited to see the children today. When we served them breakfast and began conversing with them, I started to feel the love from this country and these children. They are so welcoming and kind, and I immediately felt comfortable around them. I helped out with this game that involved balloons and one of the teenagers there, Alex, kept popping the balloons around me and the noise would scare me, but we had a lot of laughs. Also, one of the little girls who was about 6, was so loving and always wanted to hold my hand or sit in my lap. I had so much fun today and I can’t wait to make more memories in the days to come.
-Alena Loven (12th)
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