Monday, November 5, 2007

Traveling mercies….

Sorry for the delay in letting you all know I arrived safe and sound.  I kind of jumped right in with some projects that have kept me busy.
I arrived at the children's home late Friday afternoon after relatively little hassle or delay and all luggage intact (praise God!).  For the first week I am living in the staff house slightly off the children's home compound.  (Jocelyn/Cassie/Bethany, Pernicious says hello.)
Saturday morning I helped out in the kitchen and made 18 batches of chocolate goat milk pudding from scratch with the help of one of the older girls.  Apparently everyone thought it turned out well. 
Saturday night some of the girls went camping a short walk from the children's home.  I didn't  sleepover but stayed for the hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire.  One of the other volunteers pointed out a very bright star and said, "Hey, I bet that really bright star is a planet."  I laughed out loud and they all looked at me strangely because they didn't really think it was funny.  It made me slightly homesick for Sara.
On and off I've been helping a volunteer who is here for one week with her digital photography class for some of the older children.  It's kept me quite busy and the kids are doing a great job. 
Today (Monday) I took my first trip to Mafuta where I will be working every day with their feeding program.  It is going to be very challenging but I am excited to begin working.  Pretty soon I'll be driving there on my own on the left hand side of the road driving stick shift also with my left hand.  Pray for me and everyone else on the road. :-)  Fortunately it isn't far.   
Note to my RWC team: many of the kids have asked about each of you, wanting to know where you are and if you are every coming back especially Justin because they want to play soccer. 


Sara said...

Well if it makes you feel any better, I laughed out loud when I read your blog. :) Classic. I bet you will see lots of planets out there! Love ya Jess!

Marsha said...

Yea!!! Glad to hear of your early successes. See? Your culinary prowess is finding a purpose halfway around the globe. Praying for you...

Anonymous said...

ahhhh! it is so good to hear from you. hope mafuta goes well. how many volunteers are there now? how is anna? did you meet simeon? as the girl who broke her arm? and toba? can't wait to hear more and see some pictures!

love and miss you.

we had an earthquake today!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jess, I'm glad to hear that you got there safely. This semester has continued to get increasingly busy for me. Ok, well I hope you have a great day and God bless!
-Bryan B. B.