Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Today was indescribable...I am having a very hard time putting into words the emotions I felt from the moment the tap-tap pulls out of the driveway at the guest house until the time we got out of the tap-tap once again. Today started with meeting all the great guys who would stay with us and interpret for us the remainder of the day; Junior, Wilson, Nicholson, and Burnet - all fabulous guys. From there, half of us went to the Home for the Sick and Dying while the others went to Gertrude's orphanage. Haley and I went to the Home for Sick and Dying first with Dave, Connor and Kelly...with the exception of Dave I think we were all in total shock at the number of sick babies and how badly they just wanted to be held. Normally, I would see conditions on this and break down, but these babies just need you. Once I picked up the first baby and she melted into my arms, I felt God holding me and that baby and knew I needed to hold as many babies as I possibly could within the next 2-1/2 hours. Priceless...more so for me than them.Those of us who went to the Home for Sick and Dying in the morning, went to Gertrude's Orphanage in the afternoon. This was awesome, but in a totally different way. The kids were active, loving and just wanted us to hold them and play with them, happy all the while to have total strangers loving them without fear. When we got back to the guest house, we walked up the street to see some kids playing soccer, and once again we were welcomed with open arms, love, hugs and kind words. Even with the language barrier, we were able to communicate and Jesus' name was spoken. I gave my cross to a little 14 year old boy named Dickenson who hugged me and called me friend. What a beautiful day amongst all this devistation and destruction.