Our team was up bright and early this morning, arriving at the site at 8 a.m. We were greeted by a long line of children, who were delighted to meet us. Within 15 minutes, the children were warmed up to their American visitors and were ready to bond and play!
We were grateful for all the play-time with the children; many of us were able to get to know our sponsored children and have conversations with them! A summary of our day consisted of serving breakfast and lunch, playing, crafts, English class, devotions, and more play-time.
We also got to hear from the leadership at Ambi and learn about the vision for the mission there. The coordinator's name is Candi, and our team was amazed at how she managed around 60 children. The children respected her immensely, and it was a shock to see the group of children, ages 3-14, stay completely silent for two minutes at her request.
Around the dinner table tonight, we discussed some of the most impactful moments of each of our days. Here are some of the highlights:
Julie: Seeing the joy on the children’s faces and we worked on crafts and played together. It was also refreshing to see their compassion for each other.
Hanna: My favorite memory today was listening to Oliver, a six-year-old boy, pray over all of the children and staff before eating lunch. This was the second child-led prayer of the day we witnessed (one before each meal) and it was the first time I’ve seen anything like it. The prayers were innocent, yet bold simultaneously. They were the child’s doing, but Jesus speaking through them. The things they prayed for put things in perspective, and the joy they had within them, regardless of their life circumstances, put my priorities in life perspective even more.
Stacy: My favorite moment today was arriving and seeing the kids smile! They were reaching out and eager for our arrival. It was simple but extremely joyful.
Jason: Getting to know my “prayer partner”, carrying him on my back. Also, being able to provide a fun and food filled day filled with smiles.
Bill: Watching the children eagerly learn more about Jesus. I was very impressed by the staff and the children’s respect for them.
Brandon: I loved being able to teach the children about the gift of Jesus, starting with Christmas and ending with the life He gives us through His death and resurrection. I also loved speaking broken Spanish to them and watching them laugh and try to understand!
Shelby: I was amazed by the hearts of the workers. They are servants of Christ and serve with joy, day after day. When asked how they continue every day, they give complete credit and thanks to God—it’s so amazing and humbling.
We are excited about what God has in store for tomorrow. Thank you so much for your prayers!