Being Thankful

As the day comes to an end we all finally realize that tomorrow is the day that we say goodbye to this beautiful country that treated us so well, and we also say goodbye to our team.  We started the week not knowing each other at all, and we leave tomorrow being a family. 


Many things happened this week that made us closer, and made us appreciate what God has blessed us with. 


Visiting the orphanage this week we met and played with MANY kids, but there was this one child that I connected with the most.  Nala came into my life and she brought a smile to my face every time I saw her.  Nala has special needs, which makes her different from the other kids, but she probably has the best attitude a 6 year old can have.  Nala’s mom brought her to the orphanage when she was about 1 year old, being unable to care for her as she had many other kids also.  Meeting her was Gods way of saying that I have it well, and I need to be thankful for it. 

As I was sitting there with my eyes tearing up, watching her play with a smile on her face made me understand that God is good and he wants his children to be happy. 


This week has had its ups and downs with all of the things we have seen and trying to process it all.  It made us closer as a family, and has made me personally a lot more thankful for what I have.

Matt Geurink 8/3/14