Happy Mothers Day from Sierra Leone! Team …. well, we have not yet settled on a name, but we are still working on it. We began the day with an energetic worship service at Leader United Methodist Church. At that service we all got a chance to honor our mothers, living and deceased, by wearing a ribbon. There were also a couple of heartwarming moments where some of the CRC resident children used their ribbons to honor some of the CRC aunties. The three hour service flew by, and the team was energized by the experience.
After church, team members that sponsor CRC students were able to go visit them in their homes. There were three sponsors that had the opportunity to meet their sponsored children today. Five people went on the trip to visit the homes and there was time for a nice chat, and to deliver a few gifts from the sponsor to their sponsored child. Each sponsor also provided the family a bag of rice.
The first stop was a visit to Hawa and Mohamed, sponsored by Jessica. Next was Hassan, sponsored by Bill and Ilene. The final stop was to see Esther, sponsored by Vicki. It was a beautiful day driving through Bo, with far fewer people in and around the streets, because the markets were closed. In the end, it was very interesting to see the homes and surroundings for each of the children and enjoy fellowship.
When the team returned, it was off to a volleyball game with the residential children. The members split their forces and joined both sides and although the Federation of International Volleyball is still looking into alleged scoring irregularities, both sides seemed to be enjoying the game until it was broken up by a typical Bo thunderstorm.
(Filed by David Horvath)