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Aren't they just the CUTEST!?!
Having so much fun!
Pamela was SUCH a sweetheart!
I think one of the coolest parts of our trip was being able to minister and love on these kiddos daily. Going to the same building, seeing the same children, we were really able to build relationships with them.
Most of the kids who attended this program (it was almost like a daycare) had a rough home life. Some of them were orphans even, or their parents were drug-dealers. So this was their place of refuge. Just a hug and a smile of hope and joy meant so much to them.
Some of the kids LITERALLY were attached to us, but they all attached themselves to our hearts.
Karen was one I really got to know. She was shy at first, but had a heart of gold. I will always remember that last day we were at the institute with the kids. They all knew it was our last day, and we spent almost an hour in one of the main hallways crying and talking and saying our goodbyes. Then, for one last hurrah, we went into the chapel and the band there started playing praise worship. We turned our mourning into dancing! Karen was one who really was not into it at first, but after a while, I took her hand, stood her up, and we danced around the room together! It is a wonderful memory.
The kids loved having their pictures taken with us, and even taking the pictures! And of course, they loved seeing themselves on the tiny screen too! :)
Here I am with some of the older girls. I had so much fun with them, teaching English, playing games, even with the language barrier. Love is an international language!
If you have never been out of the country, just go once. I know that's what did it for me, and it's what can do it for you!
Have you been to South America before?