We are back in Liberia!!!!!!! Oh, it seems SO surreal to be back here again. After about 27 hours of travel, we arrived here yesterday around 5pm. We showered, unpacked, and then hung around for a bit before going to bed. Today we were up at 6:30am (more like 7:10 for me since I woke up late) to eat breakfast and have devotionals. We left by 8:30 for the orphanage which is a good 45 minute drive from our compound. Once arriving there it didn't take but 5 steps before the children were gathered around all of us, smiling, touching our skin (which is so different from theirs), and saying hello.
Oh my WORD it was unreal to see all of their beautiful faces - especially the ones that I met last year!! Many of the children from last year look so much bigger! It was exciting to see how different they looked and how much they had grown. I think we all had perma-grin as we were talking with the children, playing soccer with them, and hanging out with them for the first 1/2 of the day. After we had lunch and took a break from being personal monkey bars for the kids, we decided to pass out the crayons and coloring books I had collected to bring for the kids prior to this trip, while the CHAP President, Brian Deamer, and CHAP Treasurer, Brian Kurtz, went with CHAP Liberia's Administrator, Pastor Aaron Paul, to see about purchasing some new bunk beds for the kids, along with some general building supplies we'll need this week. Talk about PURE chaos! It was so hard to organize this, but even harder to keep the kids in their seat to pass all the crayons and coloring book pages out!! But once we were able to pass everything out, they absolutely LOVED coloring! So many of them came up to me and showed me what they had drawn or colored. Some even made drawings for some of our team members and I, which was so sweet! This kept the children occupied for about 2 hours. During and after this time, it was just so great to pick back up the relationships with the children that had started last year on our trip to LCMO. I tried to make it a point to ask a few of the kids what they've been learning about Jesus, or who Jesus is to them. The awesome thing about these kids is how incredible their faith is. It has always stunned me how in tune with the Lord Liberians are, and how much knowledge of scripture they have. I asked one of the older kids, I believe his name is Hanson, who Jesus is to him, and he said, "He is the mediator between me and God!" I don't know why but this just made my heart so happy! How amazing that Liberian children can grasp this concept that many Americans can't yet. They get why Jesus died for them. They understand His sacrifice for their lives, and why He died for them. It is my prayer this week that my team and I can fully express the Love their Father in Heaven has for them, to further deepen their understanding of Jesus' love and sacrifice for their lives! I am SO looking forward to seeing what the Lord does the remainder of this week, in and through our team!! Keep us in your prayers!