Here we are, Trip 24, and we couldn’t be more excited about hitting the long dirt roads to see the beautiful children of Liberia.
Our first day started with a quick stop at a day care center right down the road from our hotel. Our objectives were to assess the needs and to take some pictures.
We met with the Directress, Mrs. Rose, who was very well spoken and a passionate presence. Simply said, she had a way with words. After she had shown us around the facility, she gathered the team together to pray us off, and a beautiful, heartfelt prayer it was. A perfect start to an amazing trip. Next, we jumped into our Nissan Patrols and headed to our first orphanage on the list, Hope & Christ.
To see all of these beautiful faces as we pulled up was refreshing after a long journey from the States. We jumped out of our SUV’s and began to hug as many children as possible. We have been providing food for these children for over 6 months now, and to see the difference from the first time we met them has been rewarding, to say the least, and it’s all because of the Million Meals Club.
After hugs, we jumped right into preparing peanut butter and jelly tortilla rolls. This is just a quick and easy treat that we can serve, and the children thoroughly enjoy. Before serving the lunch plates, the children gather in line to receive their deworming medication. This is just a handful of the 13,000 kids that are being treated this year. These chewable tablets allow them to hold on to all of their food and rid their body of any harmful worms. If you would like to deworm a child, it only cost $1.50, and we would greatly appreciate it.
Once they finished up eating we distributed some LOVE. shirts as well as our bracelets. We usually pick a different color every trip and go with a different message. This trip we printed the LOVE logo and WWJD onto the bracelet. We then explained how important it is to go to God for decisions big or small in our life and to ask ourselves as often as possible, “what would Jesus do”? This is just a simple message that can help the children remain faithful in difficult times.
As we finish up, we take a few group pictures and say our goodbyes. We finish the day with a team devotional at the hotel and prepare for the next day to come.
Until tomorrow, #OALfamily!
Remember, we love you and there isn’t anything you can do about it!
Orphan Aid, Liberia
PO BOX 2434
Cartersville, GA 30120