Today we tried to really listen and hear what was needed. Sometimes as we process what we see we have to be silent. If there is no silence it's impossible to listen.
By Kelley Pujol
Day 3 - NAIROBI
Our morning was spent at Maji Mazuri providing ideas, activities, and resources for children with special needs and their teachers, caregivers, and therapist. Jaley spent time collaborating with the physiotherapist, Kelley collaborated with the classroom teacher, Cassidy, Natalie, Sarah Ruth, and Paeton played games, read books, decorated, took notes, presented art activities, sang, and spread joy and love to all they could. Today we all worked hard to listen to see what was needed and how we could help.
Our afternoon was spent with two preschool classrooms at the Children's Garden school and home. The team provided Outdoor games, art activities, songs, and a simple educational unit on shapes. Team members then assisted in organizing and selling up resources for these classrooms and played with the children.
The words that keep coming to my mind as I review Day 3 are gratitude and silence. Writing these updates can be diﬃcult because processing all that has happened in a day is overwhelming.
- The teachers exemplified this all day.
- The children were so excited to be a part of what we were doing.
- I am in a clean bed with no red mud. (If you haven't experienced it, the mud is something!)
- I ate dinner with clean hands and with utensils in a clean room and drank clean water. I took a hot shower and put on clean clothes.
- If I needed medicine, I opened my bag and took some
- Today we tried to really listen and hear what was needed. Sometimes as we process what we see we have to be silent.
- If there is no silence it's impossible to listen.
- What is God telling me in that silence and do I want to hear it?
- I saw the team listen and respond today. Sarah Ruth sought out opportunities to help each child and moved from room to room or space to space looking for ways to help. Cassidy read books, played a lot of games, and assisted with art activities while constantly telling each individual about the great things they were doing. Natalie probably lives the silence better than many of us. She listened intently and read books, played games of memory, and loved on the kids all day long. Paeton was everywhere and lit up every room with her personality. Jaley sang, played all day long, and seemed to just love all the silly. Michelle tended to the needs of Kimani and provided organization to the team and classrooms. Keziah was the master communicator and entertainer. She has the most beautiful spirit.
We are so very tired but so very grateful for everything we were given today. Tomorrow we do our best to listen and respond as we are being called.
Kelley Pujol is a multiple h.o.w? Ministry summer mission trip participant. She brought daughter Carly along in 2016 and daughters Allie and Jacie in 2014. She was also on the 2013 team. A music therapist, Kelley lives in Cape Girardeau.