September Missions Trip
by Carrie Clark
Where to begin? Our team just returned home from a great trip to Tanzania. I’m beginning to realize how sold-out I am for Sonshine, the staff, the kids and the amazing atmosphere of love they’ve created there.
This trip I left a part of my heart behind. Sonshine has become my home away from home. So many special moments, Ray kept things moving along on the administrator’s home construction, and we had many meeting regarding the high school project we are starting. We all took time to enjoy the staff and kids, getting to know everyone even deeper.
Our great friends Pacifique and Kendi joined us from Rwanda spending nearly 2 weeks at our center. We all learned a lot about cross-culture in the kingdom of God, how to have heaven on earth, we grew deeper in the Lord and experienced so much spiritually it’s hard to express.
We made sure to take time for a great banquet of chicken prepared by Siri and Simon, we feasted on popcorn and sang and laughed and loved. We visited friends of Sonshine who are leaving Tanzania for Oregon and spent time with other friends who are busy moving to a new home and expanding their ministry.
We are also expanding. We’ve added a new Caregiver, an Assistant Social Worker and a new Matron in preparation to receive more children. With the completion of this new building we will now have space for 12 more kids. By the way, we just received a new little guy named Eli Santé (Eli) who will melt your heart when you meet him.
We’ve learned that our kids are doing great in school, many in the top 10% of their classes. They work hard each day with their school work, our staff spends time in the evening helping them; they also help each other.
I just want each of our partners to know . . . you are really making a difference in the lives of these little guys. It’s almost impossible to put into words just how big of an impact your prayers, your support and your love makes. We truly love you and want to say thank you so much for all that you do.