We spent all day at the orphanage first singing some songs, playing games outside in the morning, and then inside, as well as painting, putting puzzles together, eating lunch together, etc. They were a precious group of girls with bright faces and open hearts for lots of hugs! Today was all about connecting with them. Tomorrow we will do more ministry with Tim leading them in some art therapy and sharing the gospel message through our professional clown - they're going to love it! Tim let Nicholas loose with his camera on his phone, so I'll include a few pictures that he took along with a few pictures I took from today. The first picture is Nicholas with the Orphanage's director Karim - what an amazingly soft heart and sweet spirit! We fell in love with him, too, right along with the girls!
Our trip director, Jessica, is of Lebanese decent, and so one of her cousins who lives here and her husband met us for dinner at a Lebanese restaurant. Again, the food is just crazy! They keep bringing it out and bringing it out – it is so much! And they bring it out family style so you just share every plate they bring out with everyone. I didn’t even try to keep track of everything they had, but here’s a couple pictures I took to try to capture some of it. Needless to say, we had a lot of leftovers. You may remember me telling you about one of our translator’s, Timothy, and his story of conversion from Muslim to Christian after his best friend died in the war right next to him. Well, tonight he was playing soccer starting at 10pm in his soccer league so we surprised him and showed up for the first hour to cheer him on! Kim (the wife of our host couple) brought the leftovers from the restaurant to the soccer game and Hiba, one of our translators, came upon a little Syrian boy, Hamed, who was only about 9 or 10 years old. He was just heading home because he had to work contruction in the morning to help support his family of 6 and to help raise enough money this summer to pay for his tuition at his school next school year. She gave him the food to take back to his family, and I’m sure it was a treasure to that family. At the game, Timothy scored 3 goals (called a hat trick for you non-soccer people like me out there) right after we got there, and you could tell he was SO thrilled to have us cheer him on!! Check out the last picture below I took of him. Until tomorrow, blessings to you all!
Tim & Jodie