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Allison Heider, Day 2

Today we went to Kachere to visit the school and orphanage! We helped prepare lunch, Karey did a Bible story with the kids and then we sang songs with them, which is always one of my favorite parts! It’s always an enjoyable time going to Kachere and seeing how everything is going there!

The school has about 800 kids that are taught English, Bible Lessons and more, about 100 of those kids are orphans that Hope for the Future feeds twice a day! The orphans live with family or friends in the area and attend the school daily. Although it is sad seeing all of the orphaned children in Malawi, it is encouraging to see how Hope for the Future helps them and it is even more encouraging getting to be a part of that! Something that is always convicting to me while being here is the joy of the people. They don’t have much, have little food, yet they express so much joy! The way they sing so happily, listen to the stories and get so happy to take pictures makes me reflect on how joyful I am.

In America we seem to find the silliest things to get upset about, so coming here and seeing how joyful these people who have pretty much nothing are, really makes me think. It gives me a new perspective on true joy. True joy can only come from Jesus and these people truly reflect that!

Something else that stuck out to me was a sick child that we saw while in Kachere. Her name was Festa, she’s been crippled since birth and isn’t able to walk. It was very sad to see her like that because there’s nothing anyone can really do to help her here. It just reminded me of the reality of life here. When we’re singing and playing with the children it’s easy to forgot how their life is here. They don’t have access to the amenities that we do and sometimes it can cost them their life. It was just a reminder to be thankful for what I have. As Americans we tend to take a lot for granted and today reminded me that not everyone has what we have, so we need to remember constantly to be thankful.