My girl returned from Africa with tales of adventure! She had a wonderful time with the kids in the orphanage and she wished she could have brought a few home with her. One in particular touched her heart, a little boy named Oceamo, and leaving him was difficult. For now she has to be content with browsing through the 30+ pictures that she took of him.
The skirts for Sewing Seeds were a huge hit! Girls from 4 different orphanages were blessed by the efforts of the sweet ladies here in the blogosphere. In the picture above it was hard to get the girls to sit down because they didn't want to get their lovely new skirts dirty. I will be posting more picture of the skirts as soon as a friend of Danika's emails them to her. You can check my sidebar and browse the Africa Photo Album to see the photos we have so far.
The conditions of the children are good compared what Danika saw around the village, but the kids in the orphanage are still underfed and lacking in medical care. Their hair is cut close to the scalp to reduce the incidence of head lice and many of them have skin rashes from parasites. Their food consists of potatoes, beans and rice with very little fresh produce or meat provided. If you desire to help further, you may click here to read more about sponsoring an orphan. I know the people who run this project and they have assured me that all of the money given to the orphanage goes straight to the kids, for their daily needs. Please pray about being a part of this wonderful ministry.
My gal is back and my heart is at rest.
It is an amazing thing to watch your child go out into the world and affect it in such a beautiful way. I could never have imagined that God's leading in her life would take her in this direction. Raising kids is certainly a "long-haul" venture, but the dividends of watching your kids go out into life and make a lasting difference is the reward that makes it all worth it!
***This little one doesn't look all that excited about her skirt or getting her picture taken, but I think she is simply adorable: