The J-term team arrived tonight at our home in Matola-Rio, Mozambique weary from their long hours of travel and grateful to finally have food, drink, and use a bathroom. After a group photo outside our home, we came in to pray, enjoy a meal, and fellowship together. For me, the evening was an emotionally overwhelming time.
We have prayed and planned for this trip for some time now. It was awesome to finally see these amazing young people in our home. I cried when they arrived, I cried when we joined together in prayer to thank the Lord for this time, and most of all, I cried when I saw the multiple suitcases full of donations for the children at the centers here. Many things have broken my heart here. One of these things has been seeing these children lacking the items we Westerners take for granted that our children have- nice clothing, shoes, toys and balls, sunscreen, school supplies… Thank you to all of you who donated items for these children. And a special thank you to the DC third graders who gave up their class birthday gifts to buy, fill, and decorate pencil cases! Know that the children here will be blessed more than you can imagine when they receive these donations. And to the parents of the young people here… Thank you for allowing us to host your children. We know personally how difficult it is to let a child go, and we do not take your trust in our care for them lightly. Our prayer is that they will return to you different than when they left- more in love with their Lord and possessing their Father’s heart for those in the world who are vulnerable and less fortunate.