Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What a difference a child makes....

The sweet sounds of uproarious, joyful laughter coming from 5 giggling kids echoing through the hallway was how I ended my day. I can't imagine my day without them. Their joy is infectious, and brightens any down moment. It's amazing how God has changed my heart on this matter. He has given me a love and a patience for small kids that I know only comes from Him. I have so much to learn from them. They come to the ship, they've never seen a ship before. They come up the gangway, usually on moms back, to be greeted by security. They arrive on the ward to be taken care of by yovos (white people) whom they probably have never seen before. We poke and prod them, make them pee in a toilet, take a standing shower, and brush their teeth with toothpaste and toothbrush. They have to stay on the ward with no windows, and are allowed outside once a day for an hour to play, then they have to return to the dungeon. In spite of all that they are unimaginably joyful. They love bubbles, which usually starts the cackling; they love putting stickers on their foreheads and insisting you do the same. They dance and sing. They smile and laugh. They are beautiful! And I love them.


  1. There is truly no sweeter sound than a child's laughter! Loved the picture too - thanks, Stephanie.

  2. Been thinking of you Stephanie. --Denise

  3. I love this post! It reminds me of how my life should be like because of Jesus, and the example of faith it should be to others. That despite everything that I may face or is happening around me; despite any uncertainty, unfamiliarity, tears...I can still find joy in my life because of Him.