Pool Party!

25 01 2011

Just before our Christmas break we tagged along with our friends at Back to Back Ministries and took a group of kids from a local orphanage to the swimming pool for swimming and lunch.  We had received a  gift from friends at home that sparked the idea for this fun afternoon.  The water was freezing, but the kids were brave and had a great time splashing around.  Planning ahead,  B2B had a bag of donated swim suits for the kids.   A delicious lunch was served, giving the kids had a chance to eat something different besides what they usually receive at the orphanage.  These kids need so much love and attention it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  Jordan, Isabell and Cypress  had a great time hanging out with them.  At the end we gave them stuffed animal presents donated by our kids from their stuffed animal families, telling them how much Jesus loves them.  It was precious to see how much they loved their gifts, and we enjoyed seeing the reaction in the girls to how much their gifts were treasured.  It showed them in a very real way how blessed we are and that we can make a difference to people in need.    Our hearts were touched hard by Suzanne who had recently arrived at the orphanage from a traumatic experience.  She hadn’t talked yet, but she held on tightly to our hands, and by the end of the day she was smiling.

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We joined our new friends from Back2Back Ministries for a construction and medical outreach in a nearby village (Kissahyip).  Gary helped build storage boxes for the shelves in the village doctor’s office (a low-ceilinged hut).  Kimberly was in charge of the pharmacy portion of the medical clinic.  We had 3 Nigerian doctors, 2 missionary nurses, a prayer team to pray with patients and lots of helping hands.  We saw over 200 patients on the 1st day.  The team ministered for a second afternoon and still couldn’t see everyone.   About 20 people were referred to the hospital, and one patient was driven there right away.   It was hard work and we were all exhausted, but thankful to be used by God for such a need.    As we ran out of time and ran out of medicine, I was amazed at how appreciative and calm people were; especially after waiting for many hours….a very different attitude from how some patients react in the pharmacy in the U.S.

Jordan, Cypress and Isabell joined us for half of the day.  I was very proud of how they interacted with the kids and helped when needed.   Gary, Cypress and Jordan were willing and able to return and help again on the second day. Jordan and Cypress were welcome additions to the clinic again, counting pills and holding things at the ready for the nurses doing the pre-exam screening (temp/bp).

Back To Back then invited us to their celebration dinner before their short term missionaries headed home to the U.S.  Traditional African dancers entertained us and many joined them and tried to keep up with the beat.  The painted faces of the dancers and the whooping and squealing scared Isabell, but after awhile she joined the circle of dancers too.

The school year is now less than 2 weeks away, and the campus is filling up w/ returning and new teachers. While we have enjoyed the quieter summer, it is a joy to greet new faces and welcome back those who have been traveling over the summer. And we have been quite happy to welcome the Crouches back to Jos this week and are looking forward to spending more time w/ them once they have settled in and recovered from the 9 hour time change.

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