Monday, 20 August 2012

A Kid's Life welcome!

After 10 days at Kid's Life we welcomed the rest of the British team - Lizzie, Catherine, Will, Sue and Lotto, and a lovely couple from Australia, Laurie and Rachel.
We were all so excited to see the VIP bus pull up at Kid's Life! Needless to say there were lots of hugs and smiles :)
After a tour of the site we all went off to rest and the teams settled in their rooms :)
The longest wait was from 1 til 3;45pm when we could pick up the children from school. It was such a special moment! Catherine was reunited with Top! I had to chase her with the camera because she went running off to him! Then Will met Malachi for the first time. He has been sponsoring him for a while now. Malachi was a bit shy but is already warming to him and Will is seeing his cheeky side! Finally Lizzie was reunited with Ellie too :) we had a lot of happy children :)
After tea we waited for the children to finish rehearsing for the welcome meeting. It's was another lovely night! They know how to entertain! The older girls began with a beautiful dance and were followed by the girls from the Morning Star Bible college. They danced to Worthy is the Lamb and it was amazing! So moving! They then did a dance to represent the work in the rice fields. Then something new! Pastor Jay spoke of how there of children at Kid's Life from all over Thailand and the surrounding countries. As he finished talking the first couple came out! Some of the older children came in as couples from each place, some from parts of Thailand, some from Laos, Burma, Cambodia and a range of different tribes. It was fainting to see the traditional clothing and see just how many places they come from! I think there were 9 or 10! For me just confirmed how amazing this place is! Children from all over all coming together to make one amazing family!
Will has already described how he feels, 'I've never been anywhere with so much love!' It's so true! Coming from broken homes, abuse and neglect to a place where love is so visible and so beautiful to see! It's an honor to be a part of it!
They ended the night with a big group song! All the children sang and then posed for photos :) such a brilliant night!
Tonight we gather again but for our dirt goodbyes! We are all dreading it! The team from High Street are off tomorrow and we will miss them so much! Already had tears this morning. I changed my devotion group and asked the children to pray for Matt and Rezzie in our group. :)

Here are some welcome photos and photos from the evening. My phone mixes up the order! Sorry!

Laura x

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