Going into Grogan today, we prepared with a devotional about spreading God’s love. You are loved no matter where you are, what you have done, and what you believe. God loves YOU. We focused on that as we visited homes of people in the Grogan community. It was incredible to see the women in the community open up and share their stories. How their lives had changed when they accepted Jesus, or as they say more often, were born again.
In the morning, we entered into each home with either a Malaria Cube or HIV Cube. Essential, the cubes were a set of blocks that told the side effects, ways of prevention, and modes of treatment with the disease. The method was an excellent way to spread awareness and prevention with basic knowledge of the diseases. Many times, the information they receive is not always right. For example, we were told many believe that you can get malaria from raw mangos! After lunch, we went out with
In between the house visits, the team played with the kids. For me, I got to see my sponsor child, Yvonne, really open up and be able to be herself in front of me while she was having fun with her friends. Every time I had met up with Yvonne in the past, she seemed to be extremely shy. Seeing her true personality and the way God’s light shines through her today was encouraging. The kids are so joyful, regardless of the situation they may be in, the family or lack thereof, whether or not they had eaten that day, they remain joyful. We take so much for granted, and it just reminds me of how minimal our problems can be, but we let them ruin the day. God has a plan and will continue to provide. The kids truly rely on God for the next meal, the next day. We can sometimes lose that faith, and it is so encouraging to see an entire school and community place so much faith in God, knowing it will get better.
Please pray for us over the next few days as we continue to build relationships, set aside our plans for God’s, and follow faithfully regardless of the circumstances.