Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gifts that Keep on Giving!

One thing that I love about Burkina is the simplicity of life.  I love that even the smallest things bring pleasure  to our children.  I love that they do not ask for the latest technology.  They do not ask to go here or there.  But that they consistently greet me with a hug and a smile and then offer to carry whatever I have in my hands into the house.  Sometimes it is the little things in life which bring us so much pleasure. 

We recently received two HUGE gifts from two different sources.

One was a gift of hand-crocheted dolls from a 92 year old grandmother  Such a labor of love and look at the delight on our children’s faces!  Each of our babies received a baby doll and even our tiniest ones have a little dolly waiting for them in their bed for when it is time to snuggle and to sleep.  

The second was call from a friend in Ouagadougou, asking whether a team could come to Yako bringing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.  Well, YES!

This past week Joel Hayslip and his team came and delivered gifts to each of our school children.  Before distributing the gifts, Joel and the team presented the Gospel through stories, drama, art, and puppets.  They captured the attention of our 200 children and many of them raised their hands wanting to ask Jesus into their hearts.     

After learning that Jesus is the free gift from God,  the OCC gifts were distributed and just look at the happy faces! 

I am so thankful for the many, many friends who share the burden of caring for the orphans of Burkina Faso with us and who make our children smile!

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