Summer Project 2014: Pregnant Mothers & Orphanges
Orphanages: This part of our mini missions project came unexpectedly. We were originally planning just to bring the pregnant mother bundles, however, when we were given a big donation of stuffed toys, my mother-in-law suggested we visit some orphanages. And so we did! We went to one smaller orphanage with only 5 children under the age of 5, as well as a larger orphanage with 12 children from ages 6 – 13. Luckily we were able to bring in a bunch of sunglasses (we were concerned they might get taken away at the airport – but they weren’t ..yay!!) We also brought toothbrushes, shampoo, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, the stuffed animals… As well as some crayons & puppets for the younger kids.
They were all very thankful and excited. My husband told them each how many per item to take and placed the objects on the floor. They quickly grabbed the ones they wanted and we all laughed at how fast they were reaching and pulling things into their hands. A few of the older kids had just woken from a nap and weren’t as excited as the younger ones but overall, it was a great experience. I wish in my heart that there was more I could have done for them, but as they smiled and held their new toys inspecting them closely and laughing together, I felt happy that we could give them that small gesture.
Thanks again for helping to make this project possible.
Pregnant mother bundles: we brought down 8 bundles of clothing and blankets to 8 wonderful women. We had help from the Secretary of a church in Holguin, Cuba who went out into the community before we arrived to find 8 deserving mothers. Here pictured are 6, with two missing as they were in the hospital. A few of the ladies were quite timid and nervous so I decided just to take one group photo, instead of a bunch – to respect them. My husband translated our daughter’s home birth story for them and we chatted about motherhood. He then prayed for them and for safe delivery of their babies. It was a great moment. A few of the ladies became emotional and teary as we gave them the bags of donations.
I can’t say enough thanks to everyone for helping to make this mini mission project possible.
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