Our last day at Casa Hogar started with a shopping trip. Tina dropped me off at school with some of the children so I could meet up with the team. The dentist next door spoke English and invited me inside to wait. I told her that we support and were here to help at the children's home and she told me she works at a children's home with her husband in another city.
After meeting up with the team we went to the souvenir shop of friends of our interpreter Nancy then to a local market. From there we made a few stops to pick up electrical and automotive parts for repairs at the home. Shopping for supplies is a very slow process so it was 1 before we got back to the children's home. Some of the children were home by then and clamoring for attention so of course we obliged!
Shawn and Nick went back to town for more needed supplies, Vicki and Madison installed new screens, Doug fixed the screen door to the patio and checked all the plumbing again to make sure all was finished and working, Jay and Keegan rearranged the laundry for the Tia's and then put it back again because it couldn't work with the power supply! So they helped clean up and spent time with the children. I was busy cleaning up our storage area and general gopher. Curtis was busy installing new LED lights and moving the old lights in the kitchen, where I was busy taking pics and selfies with some of the older girls and the Tia's who got Curtis to come down off the ladder to be in the pics with them. Shawn and Nick got back and the guys used the shop vac to suck up bat crap where it was rotting the boards in the ceiling and did what they could to fix and seal it. Would be good to find a way to fix the problem, bat crap is deadly!
We spent some time with the children doing a paint handprints to take back and handing out Barbies and toys that Anne C had sent. The girls and little boys were happy but the middle boys were a little disappointed. Next time we need to send some dinky's and small trucks!
When we had cleaned up our work for the day Curtis called the older kids together. He had felt Gods call that day to share his testimony. They were attentive as he shared his hurt and anger towards God and how God loved him through it and sent people into to his life to help heal him. And how God loves them even when they are angry with Him and they are special to Him and He wants to heal their hurts and be in their lives. Later Curtis shared how one of them came and thanked him for sharing as they also felt angry with God.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the kids. The guys played a lot with them on the soccer field. They get so much use out of it and it's great to see their joy as they play with us!
As the afternoon wore on our hearts became heavier knowing it would soon be time to say goodbye. We all gathered in the living room as we spoke of Gods love to them and they spoke of Gods love to us and we prayed together. We gave out the Bible verse crafts from Open Arms which the children loved and they gave each of us hearts with hearts in them and Bible verses to represent our hearts together in God.
My nickname means grandmother! Which everyone called me! There were many hugs and many tears! It was so hard to leave.
We went directly to Pastor Luis's church where we were again blessed by their love for God and us and heard how they prayed for us ever since they heard we were coming!
After some supper we returned to the camp and packed for our early morning start. There we were blessed to meet Joshua the camp director and his parents who were visiting. They are missionaries in Mali, Africa. A great end to our day!
Thank you for all your prayers for us and the children and the care givers, Melody and Tina.
God has greatly blessed us this week and shown His love for us!
Sandra for the team