As I prepare to leave for Africa in just 4 short weeks I feel a little mother hen coming on. I am busy writing lists, checking off lists, adding to my list to make sure I can check it off (come on, you know you've done it), and in the midst of the madness I felt a little tug in my heart. Somehow over the last two years I've absolutely fallen in love with these rascals. I remind the kids in the after school program often that I'm going to be gone for a few weeks- mostly so there are no surprises and somehow I can bribe them to have great behavior. But, after two of them begged me to take them with me yesterday I got just a bit sadness in my heart. These kids have become my joy and two weeks away is going to be quite the challenge on this heart of mine. I know my days and heart will be full while in South Sudan, but what a blessing these kids have become in my life!
I have two kids who are experiencing quite a heart breaking situation at home. They are confused and know way too much and my heart breaks for them. Mother hen wants to just keep them and all their middle school boy stickiness behind my safe doors :)
However, the good Lord has kept me and will continue to hold me and provide and I know they will be well taken care of. I have an incredible army of volunteers who probably happen to love them just as I do and I know it will be a great two weeks. Again, so blessed.
Pray for these boys, pray for the kids and for my mother hen heart :)