Butterflies in Jinja!

Yesterday was such a sweet day with the children. We set out to Canaan Children's Home and planned a craft that we knew the children would love. They colored butterflies and then glued them on sticks so that they could fly butterfly puppets around. We told them the story of how a catapillar becomes the most beautiful butterfly with a beautiful new life just as we are given a beautiful new life in Christ. After crafts with about 300 preschoolers we rode into the village to purchase wood for the shelves that we planned to build for the older girls and the older boys dorms. That was an adventure all in itself, but the team members had a blast riding "Ugandan style" in the back of a truck. As we rode back into the orphanage we saw the preschoolers leaving school and walking through the village with their families to go home and have lunch and there were butterflies everywhere! It was so sweet seeing the children fly their butterflies all around the village shouting "muzungu!" Today, I asked a girl if she remembered what the butterfly means and she said "I am new in Christ" and my heart sang a song of joy! The team built the shelves and the contractor that helped had on a shirt that reminded us all why we are here. It is pictured below and says "Man Up - Protect and LOVE the fatherless!"