Safe arrival and 1st day adventures.
We arrived to MoBay last night with "no problems mon." From the moment we walked off the plane our skin was instantly moisturized! We had a quick supper, prepared for the next day and quickly fell asleep!
In the morning we drove an hour up the mountain to West Haven Children's Home. This home is for physically and mentally handicapped children from the age 3-37. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by many friends. There are 80 residents at West Haven with a full range of disabilities. Many are non-verbal and require full assistance for basic needs. These realities where overwhelming as we first arrived and it took some adjusting as we learned how to interact with them. It was amazing to see the team stepping so far out of their comfort zones as they tried to show love to the best of their ability. Here are some of the teams reactions to the day:
-they had so much Joy: smiles, laughter, squeals, and singing
-it was really hard learning how to communicate
-I prayed and God gave me wisdom as I tried different ways to communicate
-it was overwhelming seeing suffering babies who had their whole lives ahead of them.
- I heard a child who couldn't speak, clearly be able to sing "Jesus Loves me"
-it was amazing seeing the whole group singing and dancing together
-having the opportunity to spoon feed a child was humbling and fulfilling.
In the end It was hard to see these orphan's who, not only lack loving parents but have many mentally and physically challenges. But we also had a sense of hope and purpose in what we did today, it was amazing to see the whole team truly love them.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Joel and Hannah.
P.S. a big thank you goes out to the grade 5/6 class at Rendell Park in Lloydminster for your involvement in this adventure!
P.S.S. Shout out to Josie's sister....HAPPY BIRTHDAY! from Josie!
P.S.S.S. Thank you for your comments keep them coming its great for the team!