Two busy days and what a fabulous time! We have had some internet connection challenges so haven't been able to post until now.
So far we have toured the facilities and had orientation to the programs. Doug and Debra conducted 2 days of Advanced Programming, Budgeting and Training Techniques workshops. Wonderful exchange of ideas. Julie and Kerry have worked with the Child Rescue Centre social workers and gone on a school visit. We have had a chance to purchase fabric at the market, and gifts for our sponsor children, whom we will this weekend. Chris, Sonja and Kristen have been observing the different areas at Mercy Hospital, culminating in the birth of this beautiful new baby girl this afternoon, who the parents named Sonja. And here she is just 20 minutes old.
Having done so much already, it seems like we have been much longer. And so much more to come.
The July team had a special treat when they got to help with a "Social Day" at the CRC. Students from the Child Rescue Centre, Jonathon’s Child Care, and SOS Children’s Village were invited to an afternoon of fun and fellowship at the CRC compound.
Children were organized into “houses” identified by color (blue, white, purple and yellow), and the members of the July UMVIM team helped the CRC staff provide supervision and do several fun activities for the kids.
Gary Gilkeson shared that the highlight of the day for him was helping a blind girl from SOS learn to ride a bike for the very first time, with Gary holding fast to the bike as she rode. “She wanted to keep going and going until I had to quit from exhaustion,” he laughed. Tina De Boeser shared her experience reading to a little girl. "Many animals she wasn’t familiar with so I had the chance to explain and do some fun animal voices. We were all a little sad when our time in the library was done!"
The team was privileged to help the CRC staff at a letter writing event on July 28th. Several times a month, the CRC holds letter events for the kids to receive their sponsors' letters, get help writing back, and enjoy fellowship with one another.
The July team members were excited to distribute letter to the students and help them write back, which is a great opportunity for the kids to practice their English. The event concluded with snacks and social time.
"Visited the village of Fengehun. JJ LOVES his kids!! Photos of the school library, the school and the football field. The kids are so proud to be in school!" - Missioner Karen Roeming
On Sunday, some of the July team members visited their sponsored students at home. It's a special time for the sponsors, the kids, and their families, and a wonderful opportunity for the missioners to learn about the lives of the children they sponsor. On Monday the rest of the team is scheduled to go on home visits.
Worked so hard all day to dig 100 meter ditch for internet cable. Plan: Finish tomorrow. Very impressive Team!!
- Posted by Karen Roeming
Shopping at the market with all these pomoy (sickly white folk) wears out our sweet sister/caretaker, Fudia.
Friends at Mercy hospital: Nurse student: Kadie , Florence, Binta, Isabella, learning from a very smart nurse, Princess.
- Posted by Karen Roeming