It is hard to believe but this is the last day of our mission. It has been quite a week! Our day started off this morning with a trip to No Ordinary Love, a center that takes children off the streets and tries to reunite them with their families. It is run by a man named Jimmy Gross and his wife and family. He wasn't there as he just returned from a prayer meeting in Bethlehem and needed to spend time with his family. A couple from Manitowoc WI , Mike and his wife Amy and their five children arrived here about three weeks ago and were kind enough to volunteer to fill in during his absence. They are a beautiful couple with very serving hearts and gave us some background and a tour of the center. It is a very well run place --the grounds are nice and the children are beautiful! We got to help serve them lunch, play with them for awhile and did a little art project with them. I thought it was the highlight of the week.
We then to lunch at a Starbucks knockoff and did some last minute shopping at what's called the "Post Office district". Shop after little shop of trinkets, t-shirts, carved wooden animals, jewelry, etc. It was quite an experience but very enjoyable. Mark and Bridget's two daughters went with us to translate for us. They are two of the most delightful young ladies I know-- just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside.
After we were all shopped out, we went over to the Sullivan's for pizza for our last dinner in Africa. The power only went off three times so we got to experience some of what they deal on a daily basis. Now we are back at the guest house where we have stayed all week to finish packing and get ready for our trip back to the airport and our long flight home. We have seen and experienced so much this week that it is hard to put it into print. Everyone in our group has been touched by the beauty of the people here even though their lives are so much harder and more trying than anyone can imagine. The missionaries and other volunteers that we have meet while here are very special people. Their love and concern for the people just radiates God's love. We as Americans have been so very blessed to live where our children have enough to eat, a safe place to live and all the amenities that we so take for granted. I personally feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to come here and serve in any small way I can.
In a few short hours we will be on our way back home to our normal lives. I pray that God blesses and protects the Sullivans and all the others that are willing to give of themselves to try to improve the lives and living conditions of those not as fortunate.
May God bless our journey home
Jeanine and the whole mission team