We arrived in the village of Sammie after a challenging drive over a dirt road that included mud, large rocks, washed away road, and quite a lot of water. The people of Sammie were as joyful about our safe arrival as we were!
The first thing they wanted us to see was an area they had cleared. They cleared it themselves in preparation and hope that a Medical Clinic will soon be built in that space. Once it is built, the current medical clinic will be used as a school.
We arrived to singing, dancing, and rhythmic instruments. There was so much joy in our being there and we joined into that joy.
They had us sit in front of the community. The Sammie is a community in which Christians and Muslims live as neighbors and in community with each other. The assembly was started with Christian and Muslim prayers. After that, introductions of the community and the mission team were completed. Many people spoke words of welcome. In addition, small gifts of relationship were exchanged.
Afterward, we visited two families with Helping Children Worldwide staff. Rice and chocolate were presented to the families who were both a part of the HCW Family Empowerment Advocacy Program (FEA).