After we helped move and stack bricks we walked down to a school in Kandaria for some dancing and celebration. On the walk we passed a barking dog (dogs are guard dogs and not like pets like in the USA). I had a child holding each hand and had felt something grabbing at my leg with the gentlest touch. Unsure of what it was I turned around to see a little one reaching for me. Amazing to me that this little child found comfort in me... Someone she had never even met!! (I eventually ended up carrying her and she grinned from ear to ear.) Reminds me of how innocent and trusting children are and how precious that is! The rest of the day was filed with Bible school and fun and games. During Bible school the children were taught about obedience using Esther, Daniel, and Gideon. They then learned the obedience song :)
Flash foreword to Sunday and we begin the day with baptisms. I was beyond excited for this moment and opportunity. The setting was perfect and a similar representation of back in Biblical days. Very emotional. House of Hope chapel requires a 2 month course along with a quiz to follow in order to be baptized. The 24 individuals that were baptized had met all this criteria! Below pictured is Lillian Atieno during her baptism and then she and I after. I was her sponsor at the baptism.
She was calling me "Mama" and kept telling me I was her mama before and after the baptism meaning that I now am the only one other than Jesus that shares her soul. What an honor and joyous thing to be!!!!!!!! (Talk about choking up! So sweet and amazing!!)
After the baptism we went back to Katito for the dedication of the House of Hope children's center and dining hall. What a wonderful thing to be a part of and see. God truly had provided for the community and the orphans. Each of them holds a special place in our heart and knowing they are in a place that takes wonderful care for them and shows them Jesus's love is a God sent! We ended our day with church (it was long enough to take a lunch break). It was wonderful to see the energy and excitement and to get to watch the children dance and even dance with them!! So excited for tomorrow. Cannot believe the wonderful things I have experienced these past few days. God truly had plans for me here. Things to experience and things for me to do. Amazed at His glory right now. Just as the song goes that we taught at Sunday school and Bible study, "Obedience is the very best way to show that we believe. Doing exactly what The Lord commands and doing it happily."
^Pastor Matt cutting the ribbon at the ceremony.