Sunday, July 22, 2012
Togo rain was incredible this morning! We woke up to a very bad rainfall! Because the amount of people who drive to church in Togo is very minimal, church was cancelled due to people not being able to make it. Our team decided to have the church service in Daniels home. The 9 of us as well as Daniel and his crew of Christian friends/family...we went ahead and did our own service! What an fantastically spiritual service! We even took communion with bread and wine (crystal light.)
Our last full day in Togo was filled with nothing but excitement, smiles and endless amount of laughing! We got to venture to the white sandy beach at the Gulf of Guinea. We took off our shoes off and played in the water. We should have know that a large wave would come in and soak us to the waist...however, clearly we were too excited about the moment we were in to use our brains! :)
Our team was about to visit another small village where the CHE program is being implemented. This community not only had very little, they did not have water or a well and disease was very prominent. We got to meet with a small group from the Christian church that was just started. The Togolese in this community were very rich and new in their faith. We performed our skit for them, did our salvation bracelet presentation as well as had the children perform the lost sheep skit. Before we left we were able to fit only the men with flip flops. Apparently in these communities you cannot hand out the goods or else it causes major confrontation. The leader of the village or church will decide how to divide the material between families.
After breakfast our team went to the "playground" for the final time today to play some games, sing songs and give the kids salvation bracelets. Just the littlest gifts makes these kids so excited! I wish that kids in the US would have joy out of the simpler things in life! We taught these kids: red rover red rover and red light/green light. We figured out the hard way that playing red rover with 3 year old and 10 year olds in the same group is not the greatest idea...it only took a few crying babies! :) Leah, Rebekah and myself stayed back from the evangelism at the beach today to teach the women some creative ideas of things that they could sew out of the clothes Master Provisions sent them that they cannot use to sell. MP did such an amazing thing by sending them 17 tons of clothing that they were able to get donated back in the states. Some of the clothing did not sell and so we taught them how to make little girls dresses out of large old decorative t-shirts and purses out of old worn out shirts. It was amazing to see them light up once they realized there was a vision for the items. Selling these items for the families is a way of life...
A very relaxed morning at the house! I felt pretty crappy for the first time this morning but thank the Lord it only lasted for a little while! Our trip for this day was to a village called Adamavo which was an hour and a half away, but on the beach of the Gulf of Guinea. The roads here (if you can call them that) are made of dirt and have huge pot holes in them because of the rain. It takes triple the time to get anywhere because there are no rules or laws to the roads...people are just driving everywhere! For the majority of the time our team has been here we have been piling 10 people into 7 person vehicle.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Woke up this morning to a great treat! Orange juice and ice cubes! It's the first time in a week that I have drank something cold! Crazy that something so simple seems like such a treat!