After a good night sleep I woke up to the rosters crowing at 7am. I think this rooster missed the class on wake up crow (call) because he does it several times a night. We had jungle oats (oatmeal) for the first time and I thought it was pretty good. Especially with lots of brown sugar and milk.
Then off we went to a feeding center for orphans called the Hope Center. This is a feeding center where the children come each day but then return to stay with either a friend or distant relative at night. We took a tour of the center and we were very impressed. The children arrive early in the morning, take a shower, are fed and then off to school in shifts. When not in school they study the bible, learn songs about the bible and then learn about planting a garden. Before we sang songs ten children stood up, introduce themselves, and recited a bible verse individually. I almost cried when a very young girl (5years old) stood up recited John 3. 16 very loud and clear.
Suzanne played her guitar and we taught the children the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. I am not sure if they were laughing because we were having fun or because we were the funniest looking Masungas (white people) they had ever seen.
Next was the time everyone was looking forward to. New clothes. We gave the girls a new dress, a cross necklace, and a sweetie (bubblegum) and the boys a shirt, a christian bracelet and a sweeltie. I will have to say one of the only t-shirts that had to be exchanged was a Wake Forest t-shirt. I think he said in Bimba “any Carolina t-shirts?” ( Ha Ha ) Actually it was too big.
It was a wonderful day and guess what Margie? I found a place to shop!

Melissa Bynum


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