I do not know where to even begin. Though I see the ending of this trip approaching, the time spent here has been so amazing. I know saying goodbye is going to be one of the hardest things to do, but until that times comes we are all going to give these kids all the love we have. The excitement the kids have to see us everyday never fades. It's like they're waiting for us to walk outside, because as soon as we all do they start screaming our names and waving their little hands.
The ones here in Ghana are so amazing. They are so eager to learn and listen. They put all the energy they could possible have into our devotions and sports activities. I was blessed to lead devotions for three days towards the beginning of the trip. My heart never felt so full in such a small amount of time. Watching the kids answer all my questions, listening to everything I had to say, and writing down answers in their own time so they can have them prepared for the next day was so awesome. I even had a girl write everything down so she could give it to me, that way I could keep it in my Bible forever. I couldn't help but hold back my tears on my last day of teaching.
The smiles are something else. They're so contagious and I love seeing them shine from ear to ear and just simply hearing their laughter always makes my day. Some of the kids do not have laces on their shoes or some do not have any at all, but they never let that bring them down & never hesitate in participating and showing their all to us. Which always encourages us to do the same for them. One thing that is on my heart is that the people here basically have nothing but they want to give you everything.
I always look forward to the devotions in the cottages before bed. It's something I never want to let go of or forget. The way they pray, the way they worship, and just the way they harmonize when singing their hymns is so heartwarming. The mommas pour their heart out into these devotions, seeing that instantly fills me with joy.
This trip thus far has been so eye opening. Just thinking of how things are back in the States is hard to believe. This is my very first mission trip and every single second of it has been such a blessing. The kids here have taught me so much love, kindness, respect and just how meaningful every aspect in life really is.
Emily Oldham, Marshall University Women's Basketball Manager
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