Monday, February 18, 2008
The Children at El Shaddai Orphanage
January 18-El Shaddai
Today we went to the El Shaddai orphanage. It is located in the most beautiful mountain setting. The beauty of this place is a reminder of God's love and the glorious detailed earth he made for us. The bible says, "Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love.
When we first arrived, we toured the orphanage and met the children, the ladies that take care of the children and Callie and Charmaine, the couple that have taken it upon themselves to love and care for all these children. What wonderful, loving people they are. The children here are bright and well behaved. We planted four gardens, along side to help, were several of the young boys that reside at the orphanage. They knew exactly what to do and took charge of the job at hand. It amazes me that boys of their age (grade 5) would be so eager to do such a chore. They were excited that they were invited to help. Pastor Dale, Krista and Lisa painted the roof of the school. Several times throughout the day people from the community came to get milk. The children are so unspoiled, they take nothing for granted and are eager to help where needed. The setting is a very laid back and slow going one, with a mind-set, if it doesn’t get done today, tomorrow is another day. We met many of the 48 children that reside at El Shaddai; a three month old baby boy named Benjamin tugged at my heartstrings. I truly enjoyed spending the day with the kids.