Last week Johnny and I had an amazing experience I want to share with you.
The Watato Children’s Choir from Uganda, Africa performed in our church. We were a host family for 2 precious little boys and a team leader.
I must confess, when our Minister of Music asked me if we’d host, I first said “no,” rationalizing that we’ve got a lot going on around here!
When I went home and told my husband how I’d declined that invitation, he immediately said, “No way! We’re doing it! You go back and tell him you changed your mind!”
Boy, was he right!
I learned so much, but here are 2 truths that have been burned in my heart and mind from this experience. Here’s the first one…
No matter what continent a child is born on, he needs the same things.
- Good food
- A safe, comfortable place to sleep
And more importantly…
- Loving attention and affection from adults.
Lots of talking too… lots and lots of talking, which is exactly what we specialize in around here!
Kids from around the world like the same things, both then and now.
Turns out, the boys who visited our home liked the same things our (now grown) boys did when they were 10 and 11. Things like…
- Jumping on an air mattress like it’s in a bouncy house
- Pushing the button to make the recliners go up and down (and up and down, and up and down….)
- Turning on the jets in the tub – even when they weren’t taking a bath!
The best memory I have of the visit is finding music from their current CD and letting them (try to) teach us their dance moves. We laughed as much as we danced. It was exhilarating! I almost needed CPR…
What an awesome blessing it was, and I almost missed it! Which actually brings me to one more truth…
When you are offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience, don’t pass!
Sometimes you do only get one chance.
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