It is now week two in rainy Liberia and the kids are still as joyful as ever. Yesterday, we showed the kids a video of the Barcelona versus Real Madrid soccer game. These two teams have the kids two favorite players even though they have never seen them play, only their pictures on posters. The excitement shot their arms into the air as the game started. It was pretty cool to see the joy on their faces and hear the whispers of "Messi" and "Ronaldo" as the players appeared on the screen at times.
The kids have also had the opportunity to roller skate in the afternoon as a way to escape the rain. Although most of the kids struggle to skate, each fall only leads to a smile and quickly getting up to try again. Listening to some of the kids sing in the afternoon has to be one of the best parts of the trip for me. The singing can sometimes end quickly due to laughing at my horrendous dance moves, but it is still a lot of fun.
We have also had the opportunity to have small group talks with the older kids in the village. It has been very encouraging to hear their big dreams, as well as their knowledge of the bible. These talks are to help them become the best leaders they can for the younger kids, prepare them for graduating and leaving the village, and how to best represent God with everything they do.
This trip has been more rewarding than I could have imagined thus far, and I am looking forward to the experiences ahead of us and the growth we are still to encounter.
-Stephen Haggerty, Indiana University Football
To God Be The Glory!