Saturday, July 19, 2008

I'm still here!

On Thursday, I had the privilege of going with Carolyn and twelve of our Rafiki children to Ssanyu Babies’ Home. We took this excursion because these twelve children came from this particular Babies’ Home. At first, the children were really shy and subdued. But, at first sight of the babies, they opened right up. They were so eager to hold their “sisters and brothers.”

This is Kato and Babirye – twins – and they are standing in front of the beds they had when they were here. Kato says he still remembers.
Sophie, William, and Molly are sitting at the same table they were seated at when Carolyn first laid eyes on them.
These children are sitting at a table similar to the one they sat at when they were just toddlers. Although, Carolyn says the Babies’ Home has made tons of improvements since these children were here.
Of course, their favorite part was holding the children. I was surprised at how the workers allowed the children to hold and play with the babies. Then, Carolyn said they were bounced around just as much as infants and toddlers – I forgot about that.
They treated our (their) children like honored guests. They gave each one a huge bowl of cookies and sweets and a soda. They also gave our boys and girls new shoes, books, and stuffed animals. It was neat to see how proud they were of how these children are growing up.

At the end, the Rafiki children sang “How Firm a Foundation” and we left to go home. I actually think one of my favorite parts was driving in a packed car with children on my lap. It was the cutest thing to hear the children’s conversations, questions, and laughter on the way there and back. They are such normal kids with questions like “Are we almost there?” every two seconds. I was so grateful to have this opportunity and truly see how the Lord has hand-picked each of these children to be at Rafiki at this time for His specific purpose. Our God is truly amazing!


Jessica said...

FRIEND! I LOVE this post!!! I think it's incredible that you got to go! I'm so proud of you Friend!!! LUAAF!

Lindsay said...

Awww..this is so cute!!! What an incredible opportunity you had to go with them. They are all so cute and i miss them. However, I miss you way more!!! I love you so much and hope your internet comes back soon!!

Lois said...

WOW!! What a neat opportunity you and the kids had!! That is so neat that they got to go back, and that they remembered!! It's neat to think of them visiting and playing with the kids at the babies home. What a great opportunity. :-) What a great entry!!

Lindsey said...

that was so touching, especially the pictures of the kids holding and loving on the younger ones! and your (their) kids got gifts from their old caretakers (tear) - how sweet their hearts are!!

Stephanie said...

What a neat opportunity for the kids! I am so glad you got to go and experience this with them! I love you so much and am praying for the internet to come back soon! I am glad you are doing well and i miss you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea,

These are great pictures. It makes me miss everyone all the more. We are doing well on furlough. Please know we are praying for you all and will see you in August.

Love, Kim

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrea,
This post is so heartwarming!! I am so glad you were able to go along...what a blessing it must have been!! God bless you, I miss and love you very much, Your aunt, Nancy.

Aunt Ginny said...

Sweet Andrea...What wonderful memories you will have when you leave africa. These children are precious, as you are.
We love you. Aunt Ginny

Jena said...

I would love it if you could bring them all back home with you! I'll take as many as will fit in my house :-). We miss you - this is our first second grade in three kids without you. So glad to see you are making such a difference in so many precious lives. You are in our prayers daily!