On the bus ride back to Machakos, we made some of the sweetest memories with the girls. We taught them songs in English as they taught us songs in Kiswahili, we laughed, and we shared stories. As I laid down in bed that night, I realized that so much of me is made of what I've learned from them (Wicked reference, anybody?). We look back at our pictures from our time in Machakos every day, and our hearts hurt when when we see their faces and remember their stories. They will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we are counting down the days until we see them again.
Some of the highlights so far:
- Teaching class 3! Last week in English class we had some extra time after we finished the lesson, so we taught them some songs! Their favorite one talks about how if you read your Bible and pray every day, you will grow, but if you forget your Bible and forget to pray, you will shrink. We were able to talk about how just as you need to eat well, rest, and exercise to grow physically, you must spend time with the Lord if you want to grow spiritually. We also met with the head teacher this morning and are adding class 2 and class 4 to our schedule starting tomorrow!
- Bus rides! This school has some students that stay overnight and some students that ride the bus home after a day of classes, so we ride with them everyday! The children here are so friendly and give HUGE hugs. We often have to throw away all personal space when we board the bus, because it won't take 60 seconds for the 5 year olds to be in our laps and the older kids to be piling into the seats next to us. The bus ride is usually around two hours, so we have plenty of time to teach them songs, read them Bible stories, let them braid our hair, and just talk to them about their lives.
- Home visits! A bunch of the girls have asked us to get off the bus with them and go to their homes to meet their family. There is a girl in class 4, Victoria, that invited us to come to her home on Thursday, so we took her up on the offer! We spent the whole evening chatting with her mother, drinking tea, holding her 7 month old brother, and watching Sophia the First. I love being in Kenyan homes and experiencing their culture firsthand. Victoria's sweet mama has already invited us over for another visit!
- Spending the night at the school! At ICF, we had to leave the school around 5:30pm every day to make it back home before it was too dark, but here, we get to spend literally all day with the students. We sleep in the little girls dorm (class 3-5) with ten of the sweetest girls you will ever meet. They already have our hearts. We spend every night telling them stories from the Storybook Bible, coloring, answering their questions, and tucking them in. It might be my favorite part of each day. We even had a movie night complete with popcorn, juice, and Tangled over the weekend! PLEASE pray for these girls as we continue to see their view of the Bible go from cultural and academic to personal and sweet.