seven days and counting

The fundraising is over, for the most part, and our trip is ready to begin. We had our last informational team meeting tonight. We then realized we needed to have another meeting on Wednesday to finalize, or start, our backyard bible school lesson for 250 children we will meet next week. They will all need a craft and our love and attention. I can’t wait.

When I returned to some of the same locations last summer that I had visited 6 months earlier I saw children I remembered from that trip. Their faces really tend to get burned into your mind. I knew with all the visitors that come and minister to them each year that there would be no way they would remember me and that was ok. Me remembering them was more than enough for me. As we left the area where these children lived called “The Hole” I was startled as one child came running from out of no where and tackled me from behind. I had no idea what was going on until I turned and saw his face and then I knew. He was the child in the photo with me that I had looked at over and over since my first visit. He clung to me just as he had the first time I met him. My eyes welled up with tears of joy as we hugged and laughed. He didn’t understand a word I said or vice versa but he knew and so did I. We both knew that each had remembered the other and that was enough.

I am scheduled to visit “The Hole” again a week from this Saturday. I can’t wait and pray he is still healthy and ready for another hug. I know I am.


~ by hmckee121 on July 8, 2008.

5 Responses to “seven days and counting”

  1. whose the cute Dominican in the photo? 🙂 we are so incredibly blessed by your encouragement and your willingness to serve! we’re looking forward to an incredible week together!! love you guys!
    mucho paz- the rogers

  2. We are looking forward to being with you guys as well. We talked about the girls last night and can’t wait to see them.

    As for the Domninican in the photo, well he is one of the “special people” who helps around the ministry. 🙂

  3. I am always amazed how those kids do remember us, and not just as “Americans” but as individuals!

    You all have a wonderful trip!

  4. I’m so excited that you guys are going to the D.R. again… and a little jealous! 🙂 Have a wonderful trip. I love that you are blogging it so that we can keep up!

  5. @jenni my “confession” is the real reason we are doing the blog is so all of Cross Point can get the real skinny on what the Waxy One is really up to, not his edited version.

    Stay tuned here for all the news that is fit to print.

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