Tuesday, August 24, 2010

And then, God sends joy

I was busy making dinner for the crew tonight when Carla, a long-term volunteer asked if I was going to go over to the baby house and say good-bye. Those of you who know me know that I'd rather just leave then have to deal with the good-bye. I used the excuse that I was cooking, and I'd go over if I had a break.

Well, that break presented itself. I finished up the meal and made it over just as the toddlers were watching their nightly video. When I sat down, Odelande immediately sat in my lap, followed by Rivaldo, then Mac. I sang all of the songs (it was in English) and little Wedley kept turning around to laugh at me. I could feel the sweat pouring down my back. I could feel the mosquitos eating me up. I even felt something fly into my ear (eeew). But I didn't care. This was my time of joy with the kids.

When I got back to the volunteer house most everyone was ready for dinner. I must admit, it turned out pretty good. :-) First things first, I asked them what they need, then what they want. If they had unlimited money, what's on their wishlist. Jamie answered first. They need a new roof for the pavillion that the kids play under. $1,000. Those of you who donated money and got me nearly to that goal just paid for a new roof. I sent the email immediately, got the money allocated, and the ball is now rolling.

After a great meal, I heard little Magdaline crying. I've been trying to get her to eat all day. She sat in my arms and polished of SEVEN OUNCES of formula!! God is good.

I'm about to head off for my last funky smelling shower before I leave here. And I leave with peace in my heart. Thank you God.



  1. I'm now in tears Karen. A new roof! What a blessing for those who donated money and those who will be comforted by the shade and safety that the roof will provide. You leaving with peace in your heart gave me a few more tears. I end all of my e-mails by saying "Peace". It's a beautiful word Karen. xoxoxo Deb

  2. I tried to post yesterday, but had internet issues. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You have touched so many lives, and made us appreciate what we already take for granted. You make me realize I should not hate doing dishes and laundry...... I have a dishwasher, and food to eat, a washer/dryer and an abundance of clothes to wear.

    Can't wait to see your pictures, although you're writing is so descriptive, I have vivid images in my mind already. Praying for everyone there, and a safe trip home for you. I bet you'll have the biggest hugs ever waiting for you. Heather