This morning we all piled into the van and went to Reahola for Sunday School and church. The people meet in a daycare center, and it works perfectly. All the children from The Pines were involved in the Christmas program; they dressed up in costumes, recited lines, and sang songs. It was almost the same as a program at home, but the kids sang with much more gusto! (It was probably closer to shouting at times!) The biggest difference was probably the warm sun and soft breeze coming through the windows--it was a bit strange singing Christmas carols and sweating at the same time.
I think the biggest lesson for me today was thankfulness; I'm sure that this will be a common theme throughout the trip. Driving into the apartments at Reahola and stepping on shards of glass and garbage as we stepped out of the van was definitely a wake-up call. I realized that I am spoiled--from having an abundance of clothes and shoes, to being picky about the food I eat-- I am extremely spoiled. How often do I take for granted the fact that if I don't like what's being served, I can simply go find something else? Some of the kids I met today devoured the small cookies they had for snack after church; I wondered if it would be their only meal for the entire day. And still, all of the people are warm, friendly, and full of love. I am thankful that God chooses to use spoiled, but willing, people like me.
So much more to say, but everyone's having some popcorn in the kitchen. Thanks for praying--I know that we need it! Love you all-
Abby for the Team.
P.S. Pop- there are some BIG bugs here...