OBI 7/9 Moving Day
Wednesday was moving day. There was a new group coming in from Ashland, Ohio, today and the average age was around 60 so they wanted to house them in the Vista, eliminating most of the hill climbing for them. They also wanted to give the West Valley group a chance to be close to the beach. So West Valley came down to Mario’s where we were and we went about an 8 minute walk further to Faith Village. We are now about a 3 minute walk to the beach and the shops. It is still very nice!
After the move we went down to the beach and had some one-on-one time with the students just evaluating the trip and giving encouragement to them for when they return home. Steven, Rob, and Dani got to go back up to Agape School for some afternoon tutoring and really enjoyed their time with the children.
Our feeding site was really interesting tonight. The area was even more pronounced in its poverty, (even though that seems hard to imagine), and the children were less educated in this region. There was less communication with them since they didn’t speak much English, and the translator didn’t speak as much English either. They also were very rowdy and not very disciplined; at one point, they rushed the puppet curtain and about ten children climbed under it nearly knocking puppeteers over. Jim and Tammie had to stand guard keeping the children back. It was a bit chaotic, but we got them dancing and were able to give them their vitamins, food, medicine, and some glow sticks. Exhausting, but eye opening to see that what First Love is trying to do here is to bring education to the children and help break the cycle of poverty and to share the love of Jesus that will bring healing to their hearts.
We had a good supper and then back to our new place where we had sharing time before going to bed.
We don’t have internet at our new accommodations, so I will have to wait until I walk up to the Vista in the morning to post this.
Back to construction tomorrow and hopefully some more tutoring as well.