You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
It is hard to believe that the week is almost over. It seemed like it went by the fastest of all my trips. Even though I feel like I have been a slacker not doing nearly as much as I usually do, I contributed to the work here even if it was just sitting in a chair and praying over a child. In the mornings, I helped Christy dress the girls, do their hair and put on their shoes, pick up the bathroom, sweep the sleeping and dressing rooms and make the beds. The little I did gave Christy some free time. The rest of the day, I watched the girls and the boys (the Ducks) play, helped with crafts, and listened to the Bible stories which were presented very creatively through drama. Again, not nearly as exhausting as being referee, diaper changer, jungle gym, nose wiper and potty cleaner in the Chicks. I think in the future, I will have to request the Squirrels! They are so sweet and engaging. They soak up any attention that you give them and ask for English words. They love to color and read, to have their hair fixed with bows and pony tails and be complimented on their appearance. Being with children old enough to take care of themselves, who can communicate their needs (sometimes in English!) and play independently is a piece of cake compared to my little Chickadees! I really have been a slacker! Of course, the best parts of the week have been seeing Bili and Nanny Christy. Today, Christy gave me a gift. Some table runners and a card which is in Spanish. I haven’t had it interpreted yet. I know that I will weep when I hear what she has written. We got a chance to talk today with Olivia’s help. We shared stories about our children, our hopes and dreams for them, their struggles. We talked about our faith in God, the comfort of prayer, the encouragement of Bible Study. Life is not easy for either of us, but it is certainly easier for me than her. I cannot understand why me and not her? Why was I given what I have been given and not her? I can only believe that the blessings I have been given are intended not only for my benefit but so that I can help those in need that God places in my path. Bili. Christy. The Nannies. The other little ones who win me over anew each trip. In the four years since I have been coming to the Center, I have seen so much improvement. It is cleaner and the children getting healthier faster. The staff seem happier and more relaxed. But, one thing remains the same. Though I might change, though my health may be precarious, my place in life may shift, God continues to work through this place and the teams that He sends to minister here. I am blessed to be a part of it.