Today was our 3rd day of VBS and it is going really well. We have each found what works for our classes and are really enjoying ourselves. It is such a joy to see these kids from 3 years old to adults just worship with their whole hearts and lay it all out there. It is so humbling to get to witness this and be a part of it.
Today we focused on how David did what was right even when it was tough. The kids really listened to the lesson and we hope are taking in these truths. We are seeing more and more of the personalities of these kids come out as they are getting more and more comfortable with us being here. And they are participating in every aspect of the VBS. They've memorized 3 different scriptures, countless songs, and have crafts to display in their homes.
At the end of VBS each day we help serve a meal to the kiddos, which is such a special moment for the kids, because for some of them it is the only hot meal they will have that day. Our first day turned into a little bit of chaos, but we have it down now. There was a little boy at the end who was scrapping any leftovers from his friends into a bag to take home and share with his family, and it broke our hearts to see this, but it drives home the reality of what so many of the kids live in. And although we cannot help every hungry person we were able to help 400 kids get a hot meal today, and some shared them with others. This moment reminded all of us of how important it is to pray over each plate we serve, to pray for these kiddos and to share their story, because everything we can do for these kids here helps.
After VBS we got to take part in a special tradition. We brought backpacks, church shoes, school shoes, and some snacks for each of the boys in our home. We shared that these shoes came from friends back home who were praying for them. As we called each of their names and they came forward to receive their bags it was so cool to see the smile on their faces. And for Bervens, Sayini, Benjoumie, and Leonardo this is the first time that they have received this gift because they are our 4 newest boys to our home. So thank you to everyone who gave to this, because we got to accept the thank you'd and hugs in your behalf.
Later this afternoon several of us went on a small adventure with our friends from Agape. We took a hike down to the river where we get to see a small part of haiti's countryside, which is beautiful, and we got to explore and play in the water a little bit. This was a fun trek that opened our eyes to the paths some of the kids travel just to attend school. The rest of the night will be spent preparing for VBS and spending time with our friends.
Pray for us as tomorrow is our final day of VBS and we start the process of saying goodbye.
Pray for us as we have many new faces that will be in our minds and on our hearts.
Pray for us as we are starting to miss home and family a little.
And pray for us to finish strong.