Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 1

Ni hao to our friends and families back home! We hope you all are well. Everyone is here is healthy and safe.
Yesterday was our first day at the orphanage. From our team debriefing last night, we deemed it a success. That said, there were definitely low points as well as high points. Only one of our team members works professionally with special needs children, so some of us voiced that we felt a little inadequate and unsure. But we have to remember that this was the first day, and the children are still getting to know us, while we are also testing out the situation and the country for some of us. So we could not expect it all to go swimmingly. Even so, God’s love is evident in all of these children’s faces when they smile.
Because of their previous neglect, these children could have become bitter and apathetic, but God’s love has transformed them to be loving and joyous. It is amazing! As we head into day two, please pray again that we can humble ourselves and simply allow God’s love to overflow through us into these children’s hearts. Thank you again for your prayers and support! We very much appreciate it.

Caroline, Joanne, Emily V., Jake, and Abbey

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