We arrived to be with our girls and were greeted with smiles, love and hugs that wouldn't end. These friendships are built over a period of time and as trust has grown between us, it is evident that these friendships are deep and forever connected in our souls.
Soon we sat with them watching them create beautiful jewelry. Their ability to make so much beauty with almost nothing and create stunning necklaces and earrings is incredible.
We then sat down to a table fit for a king and enjoyed our dinner and conversation.
Afterwards we enjoyed performances from the children and it was precious to watch. Their pitch and timing were perfect in every way.
Darkness may loom outside these walls, but in here the light of the Holy Spirit lights up the room. Voices of joy and praise are lifted to heaven and we know that we are just where we need to be!
After performances it was time for musical chairs and another game called "zoom & eeack" - ask one of us what that is when we come back and we'll be happy to play with you.
Pies were on the menu for dessert: pumpkin (with half the sugar of any American pie), apple, banana and a delicious macadamia nut.
Night came and we headed for our hotel for the night and we thank God for allowing us to be here with everyone. Sleep came perhaps a little slow to many of us as we are reminded of all the blessings we take for granted!
Therapy for Hearts & Body on a Wednesday:
The one and only "fearless" leader came to our hotel this morning and gathered us up, very much like a mother would gather her flock. Some of us were lucky to be able to sit on the outside of our transportation and could watch as the streets started to wake up. Only a few hours ago street markets were empty and deserted. Doors rolled down and we know that some basically roll down the door and head in the back of their shop were they live and settle in for the night. The markets and streets were coming alive to a new day.
We arrived to a beautiful breakfast and our usual treatment as if we were royalty. Shouldn't it be the other way around? These ladies and children truly live out the servanthood that Jesus speaks of. The Least of These!
The leaders here, teach on Mathew 5:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
We have much to learn from them - they give it all!
After a morning of arts and crafts we were given facials & massages! Yes you are reading correctly - we were given a spa treatment consisting of:
- Flower mask
- Final cooling mask
- Massage of hands and feet
- Nails manicured and designs
We felt like we were in paradise and I think some of us dozed off. Something special happened to all of us and their touch had such a healing effect on us that I would say we glowed. Perhaps some of the abundance of their spirit jumped over into us? Wouldn't that be amazing!!
After lunch and more games "our" fearless leader got a long-needed and overdue ride on a motorcycle!
Hair braiding is a daily gift from the girls to some of us and I wish I could bring these artists back home with me. A combo of soccer and volleyball was played in the courtyard and not once did the ball fly over the fence, which was surprising. We played cards and more games until dinner time.
As we piled up in vehicles we headed out to their favorite "noodle" place and ate like we had never seen food before. Where they put all the food is beyond my comprehension as they don't have an ounce of extra weight on them. This is the only place where a motorcycle can actually drive past our table and park and that we can count family-friendly geckos on the wall.
We have been given this wonderful gift of spending time with these friends of ours and I think I can speak for us all - we are humbled with gratitude!