The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Rwanda 11.22.10 Home of Innocence

We spent the whole day at Home of Innocence---a transitional home for 12 boys who have come off the streets.  This is one of the ministries from Ten Talents International that Mike and Lisa lead. 

The boys (our boys) started building rabbit hutches with the older guys at Home of Innocence. 

Christine, our interpreter, liked how I called our guys "boys."  I asked her what she would call them and she said, "men."

We also brought balls and games to play with the younger ones.

We played Jenga and checkers--it was fun to be able to play, laugh, and learn something new even though we did not speak the same language.

For lunch, we left Home of Innocence and headed to the African Bagel Company.  This bakery was started by Rich and Robin Smyth who first came to Rwanda a few years ago on a mission trip. (You can find them on facebook)

(We are noticing a pattern of families taking a short term mission trip and then deciding to move to Rwanda...hmmmmm....interesting.)

A-B-C helps women in need by discipleship and offering an opportunity for them to earn a living.  We had YUMMY pizza bagels, tortilla chips and salsa!

We also brought gifts for A-B-C and raised money to help repair one of their coal fired ovens.

Back to Home of Innocence:  A mini-VBS started in the afternoon that included not only the kids from Home of Innocence, but also sponsored kids in the area.  Sponsored kids are kids that live with their families, but have their education, medical care, and other needs met through sponsoring.  There were about 40 kids total.

It was a B-L-A-S-T!!!

We laid plastic table cloths in the breezeway for them to sit on and first decorated crosses.  Jeremy explained what the cross means to us and Christine interpreted. 

The T-shirts were a big hit!  Each kid got a white T-shirt and we helped write "...I am fearfully and wonderfully made... Psa 139:13" in Kenyarwanda (their first language) and then put their handprint on the shirt with paint.
Even the adults liked this project!

We sang songs

Throughout the projects, Jeanne took individual pictures of the kids for them to mount on scrapbook paper, write their name, and decorate.  Again, the adults wanted pictures too and loved it!

The kids also got a clear presentation of the gospel with the gospel bracelets we made together.

More pictures of our day...
Emily is terribly afraid of balloons popping.  When she was covering her ears in fear, one of the kids thought she was playing a game and joined her. =)

At the end of our time, we joined in some praise dancing

Wes made a new friend quick

They even made up their own handshake
There were two new boys that entered Home of Innocence today--I wondered if they thought everyday was like this.  I am praying for their transition into the home.

Tomorrow: More time with boys at Home of Innocence (yea!!) and Mother Teresa's Home of H*pe

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