Today we went to Kageyo which meant an early morning for the team and a lot of hours in the bus. The trip to Kageyo from Kigali takes about 3 - 3.5 hours with good traffic.
Today was similar to yesterday with another home visit and a party for the sponsored kids. Cecilia had the opportunity to meet her sponsored child's family and spend time talking to them about their daughter, her school work, life, health, and everything in between. It's such a humbling experience to be invited into their homes.
One similarity shared between all parents of sponsored children is their thankfulness for the aid and opportunity that sponsorship provides their children. It's pretty obvious that the families are extremely thankful.
Mary and Lisa are often found playing games while surrounded by children and today was no different. Shortly after arriving they attracted a crowd and began teaching them how to play "red light, green light." I am not 100% certain the children fully understood the rules of the game but they enjoyed the time with Mary and Lisa none the less. Rwandan children are such a joy to be around!
The highlight for me was running into Patrick, a child I met back in 2011 who followed me around and held my hand as much as he could. I immediately recognized him and asked if he was Patrick. He said yes and when I told him, "I was here in 2011 and I remember you." He lit up with such a joy! He remembered me as well and when I told him I would pray for God's blessing on his life, he turned to me and said, "You pray for me, I pray for you!" It was such a heart warming gift from God to see Patrick again.
Here's a little of what we saw today.