Developing Relationships

Coming back to intern with HEAL Ministries has been amazing. Even though I was just here in January 2018, it feels so different. The children I once knew to be a part of childcare are now a part of the rapidly growing preschool, the facilities have changed and expanded, and the staff has increased. Nonetheless, the feeling of overwhelming love and joy still remains at the center of the James Place.

I’ve found that I quickly made so many strong and impactful relationships with the women. They care so much about our stories, and it was great to see familiar faces. Though seemingly different, we have so much in common and share what feels like never ending laughter.

Working full time in childcare has also helped me form strong relationships with children as well as the childcare staff. Playing with the kids all day is what I look forward to each morning when I wake up. While chores sound bad, the interns and childcare staff take this time to bond and make jokes and it’s truly a time of the day I enjoy (even though I really thought I wouldn’t).

I’m so glad to be back at the James Place and I can only imagine what these next few weeks have in store!

- Grace Harris, Volunteer Intern