Weary bodies. Overloaded emotions and hearts. Processing many things.
Today was our last day at our first Compassion site. It’s amazing how in three days you find you have actually established a relationship and have great love for people who you didn’t even know just a few days ago. A few men continued to work on our construction project and the rest of the team played with the children and helped lead various activities. In the afternoon as we prepared to leave, the leaders of the site and children presented us with beautiful handmade reed boats that are typically seen on Lake Titicaca nearby. It was very overwhelming and our hearts were so touched, especially since a few men had come early in the morning to make them for us; such a sweet “recuerdo” for us.
We also had the 2nd night of the Pastor’s/Leaders conference when we returned. It was super humbling to watch how many pastors were so thankful for us being there as they shared their hearts, struggles and prayer requests with us.
One of my favorite moments of the day was watching a little guy completely oblivious to everything around him chase bubbles across the courtyard. The image is captured in my heart and will be one I refer to often when I think about this trip. He smiled from ear to ear and had so much joy as he bounded around chasing the bubbles. I was reminded that though it is difficult to see the harshness of life all around us here, we do what we can, one by one, to reach out and give hope, sometimes in the little things such as bubbles.
We are all tired, but are going to sleep with heightened anticipation and a twinge of nervousness because tomorrow is our Sponsor/Child fun day! Some of us will be meeting our Compassion sponsor child for the very first time. Others of us are anxiously waiting to see how much they have grown since the last time we were here. We’ll head to the zoo with them and are so excited to really spend the time getting to know them. This will be a day we will never forget, for sure.
Looking forward to updating more tomorrow and adding some pictures. The hour is late here tonight and so it is time for sleep and pictures take a while to upload!
Until next time…