Today we started off with cereal and toast, which is a friendly reminder of home. We went to church at the “Abundant Life Church” just down the road. The youth led the service with incredible passion and fire for God. Esther from the Village of Hope preached on love and the love God has for his creation. Esther’s hunger for the word was so refreshing and inspiring to all of our team.
We then had salad rolls for lunch and made our way to resort pool where all the 100 kids from the Village, even the one’s that couldn’t swim, joined us. Yes, it was as hectic as it sounds. There were kids flying all over the place, landing into the water while we were ready to catch them. The kids were kind of swinging their arms and legs around in the water and then would jump up for a breath. They only get to swim once a year so their excitement levels were as high as Christmas morning. As soon as they got in they asked us all for us, “mzungus” (white people) to teach them how to swim, which for me, I was in my element because I’m a swimming teacher back in Australia. However the amount of kids in the pool limited the space so you were guaranteed to swim head first into the wall or another kid. We ended the swim by jumping in all together with a quick dab.
We then retreated to our rooms to pig out on Oreo’s and wafers before Juliet’s amazinggggg pizza. I had never tried mince meat on pizza but it was actually really good. After dinner we headed to the Village of Hope to have devotions with them. We handed out glow sticks and enjoyed a small church service led by the kids. We were asked to sing a song as a team, which we had not prepared for at all so it definitely could have been better but at least we tried. They then closed the devotion by laying their hands over our team and praying for protection and thanksgiving.
- Tyra J
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