I've been trying to upload videos from Brian's trip for days and blogger hasn't been particularly cooperative.
The children there are taught a small amount of English at school, so Brian was able to talk with them a little bit. If you'll notice in the videos, they primarily say their names, ages, and what school the attend - so I'm thinking that must be what is taught in English 101.
I watch videos of these happy, growing, loved children, and I am in love with the ministry that we are entering into.
Then I see pictures like this one, recently posted by a fellow orphanage in Uganda (which borders Tanzania) -
and it is crushing.
But I praise God that there are places for them to go. Places for them to grow and learn and be loved. And I praise God that he has made this part of our journey.
I cannot wait to give these necks a squeeze.
I cannot wait for the blessing of seeing Sylvia and her baby sister have 30+ brothers and sisters. I cannot wait to love these kids. I cannot wait to have the opportunity for Christ's love to be poured out through me, and for my daughters to learn what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
We have a lot to do between now and then.
And most of the time it just seems so overwhelming.
There are things and people here that I will miss more than anything I've ever missed before.
But there are times when I think, "Can we just go now?"