2007 Summer Tour News Updates
Week 3 (July 25-31)
July 31, 2007
Our final few days were very eventful as we finished our programs in our two different locations. Both
teams concluded the second week with programs of music and drama followed by celebration parties of
giving the staff and children gifts and eating cake and fruit. The Smith's team flew back to the capital
and were met at the hotel by Dr. Ralston's team. There was much excitement as the teams came back together
and shared the wonderful things that our Father had been doing!
Our last two days were spent shopping at the different markets, eating some American food and also attending
an international fellowship. A highlight was our debriefing time when we shared testimonies of how amazing
our Father is and what a wondrous work he had wrought in our own hearts as well as in those we had come to
share with. Many now have a greater burden for those without faith, both at home and overseas as a result
of this trip.
The travel home had a few hitches (late flights, forgotten luggage) but we all arrived safely at
10:30 Monday night. The team was tired but excited to be back in Florida and ready to share their
stories and many gifts!
We thank you again for your partnering with us -- there is much cause for rejoicing in what He has
done through this incredible time overseas.
July 25, 2007
In drama class today, we pulled out the puppets and the littlest child, Cindy (3 years old), rushed to the girl puppet. Hugging and kissing the puppet
she called her little sister. She's so cute!
A little, vivacious kid named John invited me to play Candyland with him. He was gathering the deck, so I helped him. Little did I know, he arranged the
deck so that he advanced two moves ahead of me and had my token nearer the start. You should have heard his hysterical laugh everytime I had to move
backward. He is a blast!
Last night we had a birthday party for all of the summer birthdays. There were six children, and we were able to give them each a board game. All of the kids
performed for us and then we ate tons of food. That part got a little crazy. There was cake on many faces. I just want to take them all home!
This past week has been a wonderful time to build relationships with the children, staff, and our interpreter. Each year I come here, my eyes are opened
to how fortunate we are in America. One conversation I had amazed me. I was told the natives do not show affection or express words of love to people
they care for. "I love you" is not even expressed to family members, even parents. This was a great reminder that words are important but actions are even
greater. We must show our love by our actions toward others. We have to remember, our actions are being noticed even more than our words.
[Week One - July 11-17]
[Week Two - July 18-24]
[Week Three - July 25-31]