Hey everybody, it's Noah. I'm going to be a sophomore at Belmont next fall and I'm from the small town of Sturgis, Kentucky. So it's another late night at the Team House and I'm sitting here blogging about the experience so far.
Coming to Africa has been the most unbelievable experience in my life so far and it has only been two full days! The words I have to say cannot even do justice for what we have already experienced. It's still hard to believe we are here and being able to experience all that this place has to offer. We often find ourselves asking, "Where are we?" and saying, "We're in Africa!" So needless to say God has truly blessed us in only the first couple of days of our trip.
We have just completed our first day of doing "Holiday Club" in Ocean View and our hearts have already been touched in beautiful ways while at the same time being broken. Before starting with the actual club activities our group of workers from all over the world (London, Nashville, Cape Town, and maybe more) had the opportunity to go out into the community and do a "call out" for all the children to come and have a fun day at Holiday Club. We were able to see firsthand the conditions that most of the children were living in and see a glimmer of how tough their lives may be. Despite these rough conditions when we made it back for the circle games all the children from these rough conditions were filled with so much excitement about everything that was in store for them.
There were over 140 children in the first day and they were all so wonderful to be around. Following the Holiday Club children up to 7th grade we held a Teen Club for the teens of the area to come and enjoy games and eventually they will participate in various small group projects. Though we about a hundred less teens than young children their joy in being there was just about as much. With the weather turning into something beautiful as the day continued we could not have asked for a better first day. We know it will only get better as the week continues.
I ask that you continue to pray for our team and the others who are working with Holiday Club in Ocean View, as well as in Red Hill and Capricorn. We have such a blessed week ahead of us but we will need your prayers to strengthen us, not only physically but spiritually and mentally, and prepare us for what the week has in store for us. Also pray for the children that we will be in contact with throughout the week. It is hard to think about the meal that we give these children being what might be the only meal they receive in a day. I know that myself and the other Belmont team members have been placed here for a reason and that God is going to be taking care of us in all that we do but please continue to pray.