Good Morning Everyone!
Sorry I did not post again yesterday, but we did not return home until well past 1:30 a.m.
Our day yesterday started with spending some much needed time with the children at our home. Each of us sat in classes, played with them on the play ground, shook many hands, gave lots of hugs and just loved them. I have to say, this is the hardest part for a couple of us. Each one of the children deserve a mother and father, a home of their own and as much love as that can be lavished upon them. We sleep in two beautiful rooms that are upstairs in the house, while they sleep on a concert floor with just a small mat as bedding. Every time the girls walk outside, they are surrounded by these children and the love that they are showing them, brings tears to my eyes. (I have spent the past 3 nights crying myself to sleep). To watch Lexi get up early every morning to go out and sit with them, or Alli and Zoe huddled together with a group of them all laughing is such a wonderful site. Taylor can not stay away from them. She spent most of the morning watching them do their “PE” classes and Amber, well, lets just say she is where GOD called her to be in ministry, right in the middle of children.
After lunch, we had our own little adventure and it was a blast!!! Bill rented rickshaws and we were driven around the city, taking in all the sites. We visited a Hospital (that was build by a christian missionary) and went to the Fort area, where once the Kings and Queens lived before they were overtaken by Great Britain. While at the fort, we all got to ride in a horse carriage and the girls were so excited. Lexi and Zoe even goto to drive for a little while. But, nothing compared to when those ladies notices that the area was full of Monkeys!!!! Adult and babies alike and so many of them. They must have stood there and took pictures for 20 minutes. (Malliga promised to find the an Elephant to see before we leave!) During our trip we met up with the gentlemen that we are partnering in ministry with and decided to go to a wonderful pastry store…but the best part of MY DAY (up till then) was see Bill Mack get on the back of a Motorcycle while Charles drove him to the shop. BILL IS HUGE and to see him hanging on that bike while they navigated through the insane traffic was priceless. After filling our faces with cake (I had a Mount Dew Praise the Lord), we went off shopping. They bought gifts for other, necklaces for themselves, and had a great time trying to communicate with the store workers.
We returned back to the house at around 6:30 pm and changed and ate dinner because we were heading to a village church to lead worship, do a skit, and preach.
When we first all got into the van (8:30 pm) I have to admit we were exhausted. I had been fighting with my message all day and the girls were working on their skits, but as we began to drive…it was very difficult to watch. We were attending a Village Church, which meant it was at least one hour away and at times we were driving on roads that were just dirt, filled with holes and just very difficult to get through. I most moving part of the evening for me was Taylor. Taylor has such a huge heart (if you don’t know her very well) and I was sitting next to her in the back of the van and she had her head down on her knees. I asked if she was not feeling well and she shook her head and said no. But then she looked up at me with tears in her eyes and said, “How do they get here every day? It’s such a difficult walk and some of the are so old” That was it for me guys! I my heart began to break for these people as well.
We arrived at around 9:30 p.m. to BEGIN our night of Prayer, Worship and the Word, just like the children at the school, just like the people at the leaders meeting training day, we were met out side with a cookie and tea and everyone that was already in the church, were waiting patiently (9:30 p.m.) for us to finish. What hospitality!
Once we enter this small village church, we were escorted on stage and they has seats waiting for us. They welcomed us and again, each of us were given beautiful flowers and honored.
The congregation consisted of small children (a baby under 1 year old was there) teens, and women and men of all ages. And each one of them were there to Worship and CRY out to GOD at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night! The dedication they have to GOD is wonderful. They work hard all day, yet would not miss come late in the evening, to worship!
Amber and Zoe is an incredible job on their skit. They are 2 talented girls!! And all 5 of them lead them in 2 songs and they all seems to enjoy it.
I preached (which was definitely out of my comfort zone). I’m not sure how it went. The only thing Malliga said when we got in the car was “nice short message Laurie” lol. So, I’m not thinking it was one of my better ones. Sad thing is, I have to preach again this morning and twice tomorrow and one more time on Monday. So, Please Please Please pray for me! The last thing I want to do is be a distraction or a source of confusion.
Well, the service did not end until 1:30 a.m.!!!! Crazy huh? We said goodbye to our new friends and thanked them for staying up so late to allow us to come and they said…Please stay another 30 minutes!!!!! Needless to say, we had to decline so we all packed back into our van and to head back to hour home. Once again, I find our beautiful, caring and loving Taylor with her head on her knees as I sat beside her, and all I could do what hug her. It is so difficult for us to witness people who are living in such poverty. The only reaction that any of us should have when we encounter hurting people, is Taylor’s reaction. It should break our hearts to the point of tears. It should make us empathize and feel their pain. And all that should force us to act on their behalf.
Please pray pray pray pray pray pray pray pray and then pray so more for us. We are in back at it again today because there is a youth rally here at the compound from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. That means another long day, with very little sleep. Pray for the girls that they can continue in the difficult schedule. That we will remain focused on our purpose here, to love people and that GOD will give us the strength to accomplish all these things to bring HONOR AND GLORY TO HIM!