I have been getting back into my routine since the HEAL board of directors and advisors left and in doing so, life seems back to normal. I miss my friends already and I am so thankful that they were here and saw first hand God's calling on this ministry.
I handed out letters from students back home that have been on HEAL teams in the past to the kids at Canaan and it was so fun to watch them open the letters. Such simple things in building relationships mean so much. It made me realize that I need to start a pen pal program with some of the kids here.
One of the joys that I receive is in distributing shoes and Children's Vitamins to the different orphanages. When we thought of this drive a couple of years ago, I never dreamed that children would benefit for years. Not only do they get a new pair of shoes, but they are able to attend school because schools here require black shoes. We received several suitcases full of black, closed toe BOBS shoes which serve a dual purpose: play and school. Many people have participated in the SHOES and Vitamins drive. Soles for Souls helped us out by donating several suitcases of BOBS shoes by Skechers. We have a need for adult size black shoes right now because most of the smaller children were able to receive shoes but the older teenage girls and boys did not get a pair because there were no adult sizes.
I spent Saturday afternoon helping kids fit shoes and then met with the teenage girls at Canaan to give them their sanitary pads. They were so happy and excited to receive them. I can't imagine being a teenage girl and worrying about such private issues. They are so thankful and joyful. The drive called "paper for paper Project" is based on this very concept: that every girl deserves security monthly and a paper dollar helps to give a paper product that gives that security and confidence to a beautiful young lady.