April 17, 2012

Goodbye ... Rain ... Markets ... and more!

Gateway HANDS Team:

We spent the morning at Monte Hermon, interacting in a variety of ways.  We began the day with devotions with the High School students.  Then we played soccer with the Grade 8 students, made a craft with the Grade 6 students, and finally we closed our time together with a school-wide assembly to share and to say our goodbyes.  It was hard to believe we were already saying ‘goodbye’ to our new-found friends!

In the afternoon we headed for the market to purchase gifts and items to sell for the fundraiser for next year’s HANDS team.  It was cloudy and overcast, which we had not experienced yet here.  The rainy season is just around the corner … but we experienced one of the early rains.  It began to sprinkle while we were driving.  By the time we arrived at the hammock shop, it began to pour! … Within no time, the water just flowed!!  It was quite something to see!  Not long after, the rain stopped and it once again became hot and muggy!!  It was fun to experience and watch a downpour here!

We purchased a variety of items at the market for our family and friends, as well as for the fundraiser that will raise money for next year’s team!!  We had fun!

Back at the Nehemiah Center we spent the evening meeting with Peter, Trudy (our hosts), Lennin and Lesther (our translators) from EduDeo Ministries to debrief a bit about our time here.  Then we worked to get everyone packed.  We finally headed to bed to catch a few short hours of sleep before getting ready to head HOME!  

What an incredible time we have had here!  So much to think about and to process!  We are so thankful for all of the people we have met and the opportunities we have had to spend time among them!  We are blessed and changed because we came .... Thank you!

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