1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
We had a lazy morning. Everyone was exhausted and slept well and long. Unfortunately we missed breakfast, but the wonderful people here took good care of us. There is a nice routine on The Farm:
7:00 am Breakfast with everyone (then kids go off to school)
10:00 am Tea Time in Grandpa Rick’s room
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 pm Kids return from school, have lunch, and rest time
3:00 – 4:30 pm Kids play
4:00 pm Tea Time in Grandpa Rick’s room
4:30 – 5:30 pm Tutoring/Homework Time
6:00 pm Dinner for the kids
7:00 pm Dinner for the adults in Grandpa Rick’s room
It is really nice to have a routine and I am sure that our family will adjust quickly. We will be teaching our children during the times that the mission kids are at school, so from 8-2 pm, with breaks for tea time and lunch. We will also be having our kids do any left over work or reading during the 1 hour of tutor time for the other kids. Jeff and I plan on switching roles during our time here. One will teach our kids while the other does work. When we can, we will work together.
After tea time this morning, Clifton (Rick’s son) took us on a full tour of the mission. We learned all about the history of the mission and what they hope for the future. We also discussed areas that both Jeff and I could be of assistance. For right now, the focus is on Christmas, so we will be helping to wrap presents and prepare the mission for Christmas season.
As a side note, the mission has started a Christmas Campaign to raise money for the Christmas holiday. They need a total of $5,000 (and 40 donors) to provide a memorable Christmas to the family here. These funds go towards gifts for the 68 children in their care, as well as children who have grown up and left the mission but still come back to celebrate with their family. It also supports the necessary food and decorations to make this a spectacular time for everyone. If you would like to learn more about what they are doing and/or you feel inspired to help out, check out https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/orphanage-christmas/. Both Jeff and I, along with another volunteer, will be charged with wrapping the gifts for these wonderful children. Please consider helping to make this Christmas special and to put us to work!
OK. Back on track. Our kids have really found joy in just playing and having fun with everyone here. This place is truly amazing and it is so beautiful to see a community of people coming together to give these children a loving and supportive home to grow and thrive. This mission is also extremely self-sufficient and very “green”. They have a thriving dairy farm, which also provides the fuel/gas to cook nearly all of their food by using the waste from the cows. They grow their own rice and mustard seeds, to name a couple. They do whatever they can on their own, as a way to help cut costs as much as possible, as a way to ensure that the most money can go directly to these children.
Here are some pictures of our day today! The first few pictures are of the monkeys that have no problem checking out what’s happening here.