Everyday Carissa, David Campbell, and I drive to Lora orphanage which is only 24 miles away, but it takes us anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get there because of all the pot holes in the road. It is a jarring ride that really that really takes the energy out of us. But it’s all worth it to get to the orphanage. The kids are so sweet. They are eager to learn. I was amazed to see 5 and 6 year old kids sit still and quiet for a 30 minute lesson. And for the older kids it was great to see them devour every bit of scripture we gave them on paper. They loved to read it. Today we were able to play with the kids for a while. Phillip played soccer with the kids and Carissa and Caleb Carruth hung out with the younger kids during lunch. We were also able to listen to the kids sing, dance, and play the drums. They are very talented and have great rhythm.
On tuesday evening some of the people from the compound had a prayer service that we attended. It was so encouraging to get to worship, dance, sing, and pray with a body of believers here. After each prayer request there was a song and dancing, which we joined in on as many of the songs were in english. The Sudanese were so pleased to have us dancing and worshipping with them. At the end of the service, they gathered our team in the middle of the room to sing over us and interceded for us. They all began to pray at once, and it was so humbling to be a part of. They were thanking God for our presence and asking for blessing from the Lord for us. What a gift!
Phillip and I are tired, but well. Thankfully we have had no issues with our health. We have been greatly enjoying the slowness of the culture here and the emphasis on community.
We have to go eat dinner now. Thank you for your prayers! We feel them and are grateful for them. I’m sorry we haven’t been able to upload any pictures yet. For some great pics check out Caleb Carruth’s blog. http://www.thecarruthfamily.blogspot.com