On the first day, we toured the baby home and the boys home and then spent some time with the kids. I was quickly impressed with the organization and how it is run. We also saw a little of the city and talked mission strategy. We were exhausted to honestly it is a little foggy.
Day two is where the good stuff really happened. If you saw the post before this one, you are aware of the machine we were able to bring for a little one with Cystic Fibrosis. This is that precious child. I was able to instruct his nannies in how to use the machine and also how to manually clear his lungs through percussion. They were eager to learn and clearly have a special place in their hearts for this little blessing.
Another cool moment was when we gave the children their new shoes. Last week, I asked for last minute shoe donations from my friends on Facebook. They answered that request with a suitcase full of shoes and clothes. These little guys were ecstatic, to say the least, about their new kicks. One of them ran over and hugged the director and told him thank you. It was a sweet moment for everyone in the room.
I had no idea how great the need was for new shoes until we started trading them out. Some had their toes hanging off the ends while others went up 3 shoes sizes from the pair they were currently wearing. The shoes were a hit, so please hear me say thank you for your generosity.
The last thing we did at the baby house today was to help feed the little ones. These kiddos are passionate about meal time. It was cute to watch and get to participate in.
We had a great little tourist moment this afternoon when we drove up the mountain to Cristo. Apparently the Bolivian Jesus is actually bigger than the Brazilian one. It was awesome to see it and see the city from that perspective.