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First Impressions

           It’s been a whole week since this journey began and I can honestly say that time has flown. Never before have I felt God’s presence so strongly for so long, yet I know He’s not going anywhere – I’ve never felt like I was supposed to be somewhere like how I feel like I’m supposed to be here. These girls have become like family so quickly. Laughter echoes through our house and I know I can talk to every girl about anything and they will listen. I can’t help but thank God that he put them in my life.

            I’m writing this after our first day of ministry. Everyone was itching to finally get to meet the little kids and no one was disappointed. It was one of the best days of my life – the 50+ hours of travel to get to Swaziland was so worth it. When people say that meeting these kids is humbling and makes you rethink your life, they really mean it. There’s no other way for me to phrase it: this was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. We feel honored to get to know and love on these kids as many do not receive much nurturing at home.

            The kids love to play netball and soccer and twirl our “weird” hair. They talk to us in SiSwati and English. I would tell you some of their names but in all honesty, I can barely pronounce them, much less spell them. But they are the cutest, sweetest, purest little humans I have ever met. Don’t get me wrong, I love American kids – but these kids don’t have any sense of entitlement. They’re grateful for what they have, even though it’s not much at all. And we are blessed to experience their joy. I can’t wait for the next few weeks to see what else God has in store.

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