My new friends and I just finished up our first week in Liberia and it was nothing short of spectacular. It is rainy season in Liberia, so there have been some difficulties to deal with, but we were able to get a full week of basketball in with the kids. The kids here are great. They are full of energy and excited to learn. Soccer — football — is the most popular sport throughout the country. And because of that, many of the kids know very little about the rules of basketball, which made the end product more satisfying. Seeing each and every kid improve his or her skills on a daily basis has been awesome to see.
We were able to go into the capital city, Monrovia, on Saturday and see what life was like there. The drive there was eye-opening. It was much different than what I was used to seeing while in the United States. On the way to the city, we were able to stop at a shop and buy from local vendors. The place we shopped at served as a shop and a house for the owners. These people are full of life and so joyful. At church this morning, I realized that even though these people don’t have a ton to live off of, they are still God-loving people. In the grand scheme of things, it is not important what materials you own while you live on this earth.
Back to the kids, they have by far been the highlight of this journey. I have had the opportunity to sit down and talk with many of them and it has been great. They all want to know about my hometown, my family, and the teams I work with back in the states. It is cool to hear all of their life goals and what they want to achieve when they grow up. Even though I have only been here for a week, I have started to realize that these kids love having us come to visit, but my life is going to be changed way more than theirs are going to be. I have been blessed to meet these brothers and sisters in Christ.
I have realized there is so much I take advantage of when I am back home. I can’t wait to see how much more these kids will teach me as we interact in the next two weeks.
-Iain Laymon, Indiana University
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