“This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
It’s been two weeks exactly since my last post. I had the mentality that I would be able to post everyday these past two weeks, and man was I wrong.
I tried, I would sit down and write trying to capture every moment, every detail, every heartbreak and every joy these past two weeks. It seemed impossible because not even words would put my emotions and experiences meeting the children and introducing them to their new home into words. Project Nyame Nsa hosted over 50 people from 7 different countries to come and celebrate the opening of the Village of Hope. So we had planned a full week of exploring and interacting with our kids and other communities. There were so many highlights from these past two weeks that I feel overwhelmed with joy. I might be writing a little bit about each experience this week so anyone who was not on the trip could know more about what we did, and I just might have to post a video;)
As of right now I am sitting my in my living room, the rooster woke me up so I will never need an alarm clock, my parents left at 5 am this morning, we said it was a see you later, not a goodbye.
The past two days we have been unloading the containers, organizing the chapel and library and having a lot of play time with the kids before we adjust to their everyday routine. There are so many major changes in my life, and the kids lives. I have seen them transform more in this week than I thought could have been possible, its been so incredible what love, attention and stability can do for someone who hasn’t received it. The kids are really amazing, and I am not just saying that I see so much potential in each and everyone and they are sooooo different from one another. I feel like I can write a blog post on each one! Even though they have come from such horrible situations they have so much love to give, and so much personality, I know this job is far from easy, but it is one I know I am capable of doing with the help of God and PNN partners in Ghana, and I am excited to see what transformations this week brings.
Before my parents left they we had time to just be together, my parents told me how much they loved me, how proud they were and more importantly that I could call on them for whatever I needed because they were always going to be there for me. I know this sounds so simple, because we have all heard it before, but my stability growing up came from my parents telling me these things. These simple phrases shaped me into becoming the person that I am today, because I knew what it meant to have love and family in my life.
We have all felt it before, we have all known it before.
Now just imagine if you never had, where do you think you’d be?
I thought about the kids and how different their families would have been like if they never came, or if they ever knew what family really meant. This is what Project Nyame Nsa’s Village of Hope is all about. Providing family, hope, love and a future for these kids.