All five of them are there to greet me at the airport. Oh my heart. What an awesome welcome back reunion!
I have not seen these faces since last November and I just can't believe how much they have grown! Miriam and Fabien have their "big teeth" in the front. And Jumanne is almost as tall as I am! I want to hit pause on their growing, because I am missing too much! Their English has improved so much!! Especially Jumanne and Witness who are both in the third grade. I am just so proud of them.
I love taking my children back to the village to visit old neighbors and friends. It helps them stay connected to their community but it also presents a great opportunity to return the blessings God has poured onto them by delivering medicine, toothbrushes, soap, bandaids, etc. to those who are lonely, sick, or hurt.
This is home to so many babies just like mine. I remember the first time I brought Jumanne and his 2 younger sisters back to my apartment and gave them baths. The dirt that blended in with their skin could have been coating them for days, I had to refill the bathtub with fresh water 3 times before it stopped turning brown. I want to give baths to every single angel I see as I walk through these streets. I want to wrap them up in soft towels and even if it was just for one day, tell them, You matter. You are precious. You have a God that loves you.
But for now, I will tell these girls...You matter. You are precious. You have a God that loves you. And I am thankful that I can wrap them in towels- but more importantly that I can wrap them in TRUTH. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
Chopstix - cross cultural phenomenon.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23