Thursday, October 28, 2010
This week I had the privilege of sharing about my upcoming trip to Watoto with four hundred gorgeous children. The same children I get to inspire every week in their weekly library lessons. I love that I get to open up a whole world of imagination, adventure and limitless possibilities for children through the amazing world of literature and thus inspire a generation of children to believe that anything is possible.
Today was special however as I got to share something a little more personal with all of them, my heart to 'be the change'. After showing them some handmade Watoto dolls and reading a story about a little girl finding her way to a Watoto village, they eagerly bombarded me with an assortment of thoughts, questions and ideas. When I explained that I was going to Africa which was a very long way away, I was asked ... "How will you get there?," ... to which someone called out "A plane of course!" (and you can just imagine the excited chatter that broke forth as everyone begged to share their travel stories!)
When I told the children how many hours I would be travelling a little hand shot up and asked "Won't you get hungry?" (a whole day and night travelling is quite a long time in any one's books.) A bright spark piped up and informed everyone in a very knowing way, that planes had food on them. Another child proudly stated that "Planes even have kitchens!" (more excited chatter!)
The children were most impressed when I said that I had eight needles (I impressed myself ... I have an aversion to needles!), so I didn't get sick while over there. A few exchanged concerned looks, which then prompted the question, "What will happen if you die?"... hmmmm (how to explain this), then someone called out ..."but who will teach us library if that happened? How funny! (If only I was not expendable).
I got a lot of 'oohhs and ahhs' from the girls when I told them I would be kissing and cuddling babies that had no Mummy or Daddy (and lots of giggling from the boys about the kissing part). One little fella shyly expressed that I was the best library teacher in the whole world. (How cute, I'm probably the only one he knows!) Love inspiring kids to think big and embrace the possibility of being a world changer too.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
|Colour Conference 2010|
This week we received an update from Compassion about our little boy Eric Nsabyimana. I love the work that Compassion does in releasing children from poverty and exploitation. At the Colour Conference this year there were a number of graphic illustrations and displays depicting the hopelessness that so many children face on a daily basis (picture above). Powerful reminders that for so many, childhood is a rare gift indeed. It is hard to imagine that childhood can be robbed from such little lives. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and wonder if our small response will make a difference, especially when we seem so removed from these experiences and know that we may never see how our little can mean so much. It is a privilege to partner with such an amazing organisation bringing hope to so many.
I'll never forget the day 3 1/2 years ago when we decided to choose Eric and in doing so change his whole world. I had only 6 months before become a single mother, yet I felt compelled to open my heart and extend the hand of kindness beyond our own little family. I knew that we could build someone else's home and in doing so that God would continue to build ours. Together the children and I scanned the sea of faces spread out on the table. So many needing help! How do you choose only one? Eventually we decided that Eric was the one. I can still remember the excitement on my kids faces knowing that we were about to do something significant.
When we saw his latest photo this week we were all so proud. He was so cute in his little work boots. In the humdrum of life it is easy to forget that another family is depending on us to be the change and when a budget is tight, it is satisfying to know that our stretch is their gain. This week I took the opportunity to thank my kids for continuing to open their hearts to humanity. I thanked them for the times that they have had to go without. They were truly humbled, for in the scheme of things ... we are so truly blessed.
Eric is now in level 1 of primary school in the hillside country of Matare in Rwanda. His duties include carrying water and gathering firewood (a fact that my kids found interesting ... cleaning a room doesn't sound so bad after all). There are 5 children in the family and I love that we are taking care of all of them by providing for him. It is incredible to think that sponsorship provides bible teaching, health screening, hygiene and nutrition, recreational activities, field trips, school supplies, tutoring, home visitation and domestic supplies. One day we hope to meet all of them. For now just knowing that we are changing the lives of a family we have never met is just ... well ... seriously, so amazing.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
* It's still raining...unbelievable....this is spring and the Gold Coast!!!!
* Running around getting ready for church..... house must be spotless - house inspection today. Hoping it is a buyer.
* Mis read text from Pastor, need to leave church at 8:20 .... but I thought her time was out. I forgot about daylight savings....opps... seems I made an error in judgement. Now am very late.
* Rushed to church......Qld to N.S.W.....blitzing the highway, zipping the tunnel, hoping I didn't get a speeding fine.
* Rain is pouring.... wipers swishing....car windows steaming.....kids bantering..... opps - was that a red light??
* Jiggling a baby.... sweet baby laughter...my kids are enthralled - they laugh at this sweetness I'm holding. Loving this delightful little person.....bliss.
*Another service....I am starving.....ohhhh - yummy scones in mothers room. Wahooo!!..... can't believe my luck - am offered a hot dog and coke too.... and don't refuse!!!
* Rain still pouring...lost track of days now.... there's a chinese laundry in my garage.
* Playing Yahtzee with my kids, family time - laughing and joking.... should this game be serious or what. Maybe I take games way to serious!!!!
* Text from kind hearted friend...they are delighted to have my son stay with them while I'm away... ahhh - peace feels so good.
* Singing practice from my daughter - "Listen to me just one more time Mum" .... I pause and do so....raw and gutsy melodies.... I am in awe.
* My friend calls.... so good.... we talk about life....love friendship of the heart and soul kind. Her phone dies... well that is the end of that.
* The oven goes on.... it whirrs and dies.... hmmm, this can't be good.
* Was hoping for a hot bath.... but can't find the plug....shower instead.
* My son wants to talk..... I listen.... he shares.....I hear his heart..... we connect...... time stood still.
* The day is done.... so busy and full.
* Yep...its still raining.
* Today I lived, laughed, listened and loved.....an amazing day really.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
'Let us marvel and stand in awe at the significant, magnificent and eternal within us -
Let the immeasurable and irrevocable hope within, that soul song humming away inside,
be finally allowed to fly free.
May we set in motion so the rhythms of heaven can exceed our wildest imaginings.
Let us not live sedated, safe or small lives but rather respond passionately and devotedly ...
may we speak up, step out and power on ...
might we be determined, unreserved, extraordinary, infinitely expectant and wildly resplendent.
Humanity is waiting.'
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