Two Young Girls and a Ball
Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
12Trip End Feb 20, 2010
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I sat for five hours today and watched our team ministry magnificently, as you can see from the pictures I have included. I was impressed by the line of small children who were waiting to receive their lunch. I was impressed by the children's ability to adapt and learn. I was impressed by how hot it was (as my red face can attest tonight). But the thing that impressed me most was a young girl of around 11 or 12 playing with a ball,
Our recreation team got a workout today as they played in the courtyard in the hot sun for hours
So I sat there getting sunburned and watched a young girl and her friend play with a large orange beach ball. All they did was take turns dribbling and bouncing the ball. They weren't particularly coordinated and the ball often went where they did not intend it to go. But they played with that ball for 30 minutes and I said to myself, "Every little girl should have a chance to play with a ball at some point in her life." The fact that these girls have not had that chance made me sad. It also made me glad that we were able to present the Upako Centre with six bags of goodies. The pastor's wife asked if she could keep two of the duffel bags that the stuff came in and we of course agreed. Even a duffel bag can bring joy to those who have none
The team worked hard today. They taught, played, took pictures (the kids absolutely love digital cameras so they can see their picture - they have no mirrors so they really don't know what they look like), held, tickled and prayed for the children. They worked alongside the teachers, who all teach as volunteers since Upako has no money to pay them. Today was a much harder day than yesterday in terms of work, heat and need. All that can be physically and emotionally draining.
I gave the team the option of taking the day off tomorrow and they all said, "No way!" Tomorrow they will go out to visit a community development organization called WAPIS in a village by the name of Banana. I know they will meet new challenges there, as WAPIS does not deal with orphans but rather AIDS widows and those dealing with substance abuse.
Tonight we went to another restaurant favorite of mine, called Pampa Churascas, a Brazilian steakhouse. The waiters bring the skewers of meat to you and it is all you can eat as they carve right onto your plate. It was another fun evening after a grueling day. Tomorrow you will hear from some of the team as we prepare on Thursday to head to one of the coolest experiences in earth, an east African safari.