We are often asked if our kids get to travel with us on project trips. The answer is, yes, they can, but it has to be the right trip. A lot of things have to line up (timing, money, client’s ability to accommodate extra people, etc.) and it is rare that they do. So far, Joel has travelled with us once and on his own project once, but there has not yet been a good project for the girls to join.
Enter Into Abba’s Arms. I was here in June of 2015 and walked away going, “Well, that one would have been perfect for the girls to be on.” It’s a children’s home so there is something for them to do, it’s safely walled in and out in the country. It’s up above the malaria risk zone and you can drink the water. And it’s Kenya, which is just all kinds of cool in it’s own right.
We’ve been saying for awhile that we need to get them to Africa. Yes, we realize they lived in Africa because Egypt is in Africa. But that’s a lot like going to the US Virgin Islands and then thinking it counts as having visited the United States. Technically, yes. But for a culturally accurate picture, Egypt does not count.
Even when you know what to expect, you can’t really know what to expect. I knew there would be another family with two girls there, but I did not know ages. I knew we would be participating in the King’s Feast day party, but I was not sure what the girls could do to help. I knew they could handle sub-Saharan Africa, but I was not sure how it would really strike them. Would they be OK or would poverty leave them reeling? Would they get annoyed at having their hair touched so much? Would they be OK with holding the younger kids who have had rough pasts and can sometimes be very clingy?
They did well with all things, including nightly hair-braidings that took an hour to remove. They enjoyed playing with the older kids and snuggling with a couple of the tiny ones. They both even had a few good long conversations with one of the young ladies who is about to move on to college in a few months and really enjoyed their time with her.
I’ll share more in the next few posts.
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