I say all that to say that day three was intense and filled with more passion. It was another painting day, but unfortunately the kids were unable to help today. The language made communication and organization extremely difficult. At the end of painting day, just as I was about to write the fruits of the spirits on one of the walls in the orphanage, I decided to let all of the kids paint their handprints. It was literally the highlight of their day. I painted each hand in a bright peach color and helped them to place it on the wall so that they could leave their marks on their home. It made me happy to print Pastor Guy's hand. He is the visionary who started each bit of this mission and he is blessed and highly favored. I absolutely love him.
When we left the orphanage, we got ready for a beautiful ceremony. Frontier Projects, in conjunction with Love Community Home and Life for Living Ministries, is launching a training program for mothers and graduated students. The program is designed to teach these wonderful people a trade so that they can develop a profession and make a living, therefore they can provide for their families.
For the mothers, this means un-forfeiting their children to the orphanage and raising a family. This means togetherness and re-establishing grace upon themselves and their situation. This means a new chance at life.
To be a part of this, to witness this unveiling and seeing all of these deserving people come together in one room for a dinner, when most of them haven't eaten real meals in days, was the most eye opening experience. I believe that I am better because of it. God is just so good.
Chez, Michael and Pastor Reggie spoke as Yola translated. After we ate, Michael announced that he went out and bought beds and mattresses for the families that are sleeping on floors. Samantha's mother ran and jumped on the bed; laughing and praying. It was such a touching moment. Then she hugged me tight and whispered "thank you." It was so emotional.
The dinner lasted for a while and every bit of it made me want to cry. These families were so thankful for the little things that we take for granted back home every single day. Collins, one of the sponsored children at the orphanage was so excited for his mother's opportunity. Although he goes to school, he was punished today for not having his books. His teacher made him kneel on his knees in the sun as punishment for the things that he can not afford. However, we dread going to school at home and these kids would die trying to get there.