Kimasagra- up a big bad hill that resembles more of a mountain to this Florida girl. Just thinking about hiking it made me whiney. But, my sweet husband reminded me how grateful I should be to have the legs to walk up that hill. I hate when speaking truth is so.... Truthful. So my pregnant self, got up that hill, panting and stopping and taking my time. This is when a team is super helpful :) But, to think that this is an every day occurrence for anyone who lives in this area, is amazing. We all joked about pulling our cars into the yards to unload groceries, just to be closer. Seriously, we are such spoiled babies. We served as entertainment for the men, women (pregnant and having babies strapped to them), and children skipping away, up and down. Seriously, it really wasn't just hard for me- it was hard period. Ok I had to digress on the hard life of a pampered stay at home mother who had to walk up & down a hill once.
So Kimasagra is home to over 100 children from infant to 18. Children either orphaned or abandoned. We spent our time singing some songs with them, making flowers, coloring pictures and throwing balls. Mainly, we loved on them. I know that sounds very generic- maybe even inconsequential, but it is far from it. I can give you the psychological, educational, and social reasons that touch and human interaction is important. I can site research, I can bore you with stats and info from everywhere, but the basics come down to, In the beginning, Genesis 1:18- And The Lord said, It is not good that man should be alone". The Creator knew we were to be in fellowship and relationships with others. That is WHY he created the others. He created the bonds that exist within humans, spouses, parents and children.
:::enter fallen world::::
People without companionship is not God's plan.
Children without parents is not God's plan.
Every one of us has a basic fundamental need to be touched, comforted and loved. Through that love is one way that we can better connect to the perfect love of our Heavenly Father. So that is what we do. We love.
So here is where it gets sketchy. We all have those moments that loving on our own is too much- too tiring, too difficult- or simply not worth it. Usually, this is because we are too focused on US. The super cool, really amazing God thing is that when you hike up a mountain and see a bunch of dirty, sweet faces light up because you stroke their head, that ME thing goes away fast. Very clearly, your touch, your time, your moment of selflessness matters. It matters to that 1 child and it matters to The Lord, who loves that child and grieves for that child more than we can fathom. There may be no way to articulate all that in encompassed in those moments. But, when you can feel the Holy Spirit comforting your heart as you hold a child, it isn't really important to be able to articulate it. It is so different than the feeling of a job well done, a lesson well taught, or anything else. Immediate validation from The Lord is far beyond what words can express. That was most of my day.
The rest of the team went back to the orphanage after lunch to bring a bus load of food to help feed the children for a few weeks and share a snack. That meant another climb up and down the mountain. But, I pulled the pregnant mommy card and skipped the second hike to rest. They did a fantastic job :)
I have so much to share about everything that happened yesterday but it was one of those days that wiped us all out as a team physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are at least 4 blogs alone that will be gut wrenching to write and probably just as hard to read. :::: I know you are excited:::: I cannot wait to get it all down on paper in a comprehensible format.
Again, I am so very thankful for all of you who made it possible for me to be here and to share all of this. This is all part of your story as well. Be very excited about how Great our God is, everywhere.