Friday, January 04, 2013

A profound day

Jan 4, 2013

A profound day

Today was the 1st day we managed without Kristen’s family and Abby.  We sure miss them. 

Harvin and I took the scooter to the house this morning soaking in the joy that is our adventure.  We played with the kids and worked on some more thank you notes to people for the Christmas presents and people helping with school fees.
The kids really took their time to find the right crayons and paper to craft their notes.

Then, we had the most profound portion of our day and likely the entire trip.  But first..let me back up.  Last Fall, Harvin set up a meeting with a wonderful private college in Mn and Chantal’s husband Mbanda in NY. The Director of Admissions agreed to one child at sonrise boarding school a 4 year scholarship to their school.
Today we had the utmost responsibility and privilege to meet with the 3 finalists under consideration for the scholarship.  I had been thinking about it all night and all morning.  Harvin will make the final decision on our recommendation, but as you imagine it is a very weighty decision to determine who should be giving this life changing opportunity.  We met with a young woman and 2 young men all of which had special stories and would bring special things to this opportunity.  Of note was a 21 year young man who had both parents killed in the genocide. Despite that he has excelled in school in epic proportions and dreams of getting a medical degree.  The stories went on and on, with each offering something so unique.  I prayed that we would make the right decision for their futures.

We scooters back home and took the big kids for another walk down the road to go play football (aka soccer) on a big field near a church. It’s an easy and fun game of pick up that is nonstop fun.  Those that didn’t want to play found other ways to stay entertained with hand games, jump rope and hide and go seek.

The kids were also excited to connect with Auntie Sieba , their social worker who was back from Holiday.

The journey to and fro are always fun as the kids seem to open up about all of life’s special times.  It’s all good except tryung to cross the busy road with 13 kids and 2 adults. 

Back up we chatted a bit and set off for Chantal and Mbanda’s home and then a thank you dinner for them for all the love and care they showed for all of us the last 10 days.

Tomorrow we plan to skype for as long as possible!  Join us.


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