Today started like all our other days, breakfast at 7:30, followed by our morning prayer and devotion. We then took off to the home to paint, fix electrical, and fix more plumbing. That's all stuff God has blessed us with having the skills and means to do. However we have learn very quickly what means the most to God, Love. The feeling of love as you walk into the home is supernatural. The kids crave your attention and make it very hard to get work done, but being conscious of there need for love is a calling we all possess. The whole group has identified the greater need is in time spent with the kids over the work that needs to be done. We balance that by allowing them to help and showing we care enough about them to teach them something about what we are doing. It seems every time a wrench come's out you have the same cast of characters hovering to watch and lend a hand.
Time spent with these kids is valuable to them more then anything else. It is through that God's love shines through us. At one point Curtis and I went to the hardware store for supplies and kids flowed into the vehicle to tag along, neither of us wanted to say no they couldn't come but Melodie quickly became the bad guy for us, good thing because I drove with Curtis... Let's just say it's interesting, we don't need to put the kids through that. We also celebrate all the April birthdays with a huge Oreo cake Melodie made. Guess who got a corner?... that's right El Flacko ("the skinny one"). The day wrapped up with cleaning and games on the soccer/basketball court. With volleyball and football (Canadian football)
When it was time to go the van flooded with kids not wanting us to go. We thank God everyday for the patience of our driver because we are always slow to leave and kids again swamped the vehicle not wanting us to go or to miss the chance to say goodbye.
When we got back to where we are staying we ate and quickly showered because we would be having a special guest for devotion, Melodie joined us for some laughs, some tears, and some songs. Devotion time is always emotional but this one was especially so.
I ask all at home to pray for wisdom and guidance for Melodie as she helps care for these kids as well as care for herself. It is only through God's strength she can do her job and our prayers are always needed for her and Tina.
Each member of our team is different and plays a role flawlessly, I thank God for each of them. Especially our leaders who have guided us over every stumbling block with ease. Please continue pray for all members of the home and us as we continue to not work, but simply love one another and all the members of the home, work is just the by-product of the love we share for these people and children.
Signed. The Thin One, Nicholas