Meeting the Kids

Bible study at Tejeras
Bible study at Tejeras

Today we were blessed; we got to sleep in late, meeting for breakfast at 8 am. Sandra and Gloria are the best chefs we could’ve asked for! After, we hopped into the bus for a short ride to Tejeras, where we had the opportunity to watch Sandra put on a bible study for the local children. My heart was torn watching about fifty children walk to the church, arriving in tattered clothing, some with no shoes, all carrying a cup and bowl each. It is apparent that God has brought these children to us. I was told that these were local children found scavenging the dump for scraps of food. Malnutrition was easily noted by the lighter hair color in the children. Thankfully, with the help of our program as well as locals and staff, we are able to provide these children with three meals a week. I have learned an important lesson about being wasteful today, knowing that these children would do just about anything for the scraps of food I throw away on a daily basis.

Some HAF kids with some Tejeras kids
Some HAF kids with some Tejeras kids

This afternoon, we visited the Agape Promise children for their weekly Bible study and meal.  We snapped portrait photos of over 80 % of the AP group (we’ll try to get the rest next Sunday), plus several others.   Following the AP study session, we helped to serve their meal, then broke out the balls and frisbees for lots of interactive fun.  It was easy to have fun with the kids, but it was a lot harder to get to know them.  Our limited Spanish skills only took us so far, so we would have needed a translator to communicate beyond basic words.

Throwing the fútbol americano with some AP kids
Throwing the fútbol americano with some AP kids

When we arrived back at Celia Delfina Village this evening, we prepared for the VBS later this week. and relaxed with some Uno. 

Making streamer sticks
Making streamer sticks
The ocean in a bottle assembly line
The ocean in a bottle assembly line
We're not having any fun.
We’re not having any fun.

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