Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Today was an early day for us. Up and at 'em at 7:30 and headed to a small village here. At the village we were greeted by a group of children who were already excited for the festival we were about to throw. There we painted faces, blew up inflatables, painted nails, made snow cones and cotton candy, made animal balloons, handed out gifts and played soccer with the children. Every single one of them with a huge smile on their face.
Later that day we made food care packages to bless 50 families with, as well as a quick prayer and a small bible. After we were finished with that, we visited a young girl that is disabled with Cerabal Palsy and her mother who were blessed last summer, having a house built for them by Starfish teams. The little girl never took the huge smile off her face.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Saturday, October 12, 2013
What a day of celebration! Today all of the orphanages came together to celebrate the Day of the Child. It was a day full of food, dancing, face painting, and fun, but most of all celebrating His children!
Here is a note from Leanne Kerner...
I look back on this week and think about many things like special needs adults dancing to One Direction or making bracelets with teen moms and seeing the excitement on their faces. But the one moment that sticks out the most is holding a baby named Axel. Axel is a six week old baby born to a teen mom at Cipi who had a mowhalk and was cute as could be. They laid him in my arms and I fell in love, in that one moment I saw the real reason I am here.
Isaiah 6:8 says “ Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
I felt a call to come on the trip and I had no idea why, when I held Axel it made sense. Holding him made me realize that he is the reason why I am here. Each child is born into a world full of hate and needs someone to show them love. This love will make the difference in what path baby’s like Axel will take.
Friday, October 11, 2013
We then had the awesome privilege of going to St. Martin, a adult special needs facility. I saw God today in a disabled man named David, he was so full of joy and readily gave hugs with affection to total strangers. We were given a tour of the entire facility, which included the homes of some very extremely handicapped adults. After the tour we set up a music system and loud speakers and danced with reckless abandon. Oh the joy that was expressed and the pure happiness that flooded us all, can only be described as priceless. I would encourage anyone reading this to plan on experiencing this blessing for themselves.
The climax of our day was soon eclipsed by the fun we had with children at the HIV/AIDS facility. We started with a drama skit from the OT, David and Goliath. Then we did face painting and played games with the children for over an hour. I can honestly say we were so filled with the Holy Spirit which overflowed our hearts with pure joy. James 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Add to that the unwanted, under privileged, oppressed and disabled and you have a recipe for pleasing God and learning the true meaning of giving unconditionally. God is totally awesome and I am so blessed. Come and see what I am talking about yourself, but be prepared for a life changing experience. ~ Dave