Wow, where do I even start, what a week it has been at Haven Home. They have made us feel so welcome. Gary gave a very moving testimony tonight. I (Rich) gave my testimony last night. Just a short story about how I grew up and became a Christian. Specifically, I wanted to highlight God’s blessing in my life. So much has changed for me but God’s faithfulness has remained the same. We followed this by teaching the children a new song, ‘Be Bold, Be Strong, For the Lord Your God is With You’; you might have heard of it. I have always found it challenging to stand up and talk in front of people, especially about my own story. I often find that when you step out in faith as a Christian, God responds in kind.
Later in that day (yesterday) God decided to bless me amazingly. I came back from teaching English (a first for me!) to the children with Diane and Georgia. Benjibab had brought me a present, a pair sandals! I didn’t actually know what to say. A bit of backstory needed I think; since Mumbai I had just been wearing thin paper slippers picked up from the hotel where we stayed. I had only brought one pair of hiking boots with me (unsuitable) and consequently ended up walking about barefoot. Early on at the home it didn’t take long before whilst walking backwards trying to get that ‘perfect photo’ I cut my toe. Fortunately, Gary was on hand with a bandage. Obviously Benjibab had noticed, had compassion and went to buy me some suitable footwear. The people here have such big hearts and I know they don’t have much themselves so this made the gesture even more special.
This morning’s devotion was based around a David + Goliath story. I played Goliath and we taught the children about being brave when called by God for a purpose. It’s so wonderful to hear the children sing songs in their native language of Telagu.
After the devotion Gary and Georgia taught first aid to a large group of the older children, whilst I orchestrated an outdoor school photo session for all of the children. It was amazing, they all lined up, just under a hundred kids and we managed to get them all done within a couple of hours. Eloise and Katie were so helpful holding up white diffusion for the sun and organising the children for me; all in the blistering heat. The photos will be used as a profile picture for each of the children’s case files. These can be used for database purposes at the home itself or for sponsorship print outs. It was so much fun taking the photos, getting to know each child a little bit more albeit hard work in the hot sun. In the end after a count up I had taken 482 snaps! Crazy.
In the afternoon we gave out all of the clothes to the children, had a trip to the market and ate some awesome chicken and chips (India style) for tea, but I will let the next blog tell you more about that. It is midnight here and Gary is telling me to go to bed.
Thanks for reading, please keep Georgia in your prayers as she has had some insect bites and her ankle has swollen, quite painful.
These photos show the sharing out of donated items; shoes, clothes and toys. This was such an amazing sight to see. The children were so grateful for anything they were given; the experience of sharing modest gifts was so humbling.