Wednesday, July 9, 2008

West Africa Photos - Village Visits

After the day of hanging with our translators we spent the next several days traveling back and forth to villiages to meet new people and greet them.

This was the most amazing time I can remember. It is just like what you see on tv. We arrived at a village and asked to see the chief. He would send for the village elders and wise men and we would gather, usually in front of his hut or under a shady spot and begin to share stories. We would share, they would share, then we would share again. It was incredible.

At each stop we gave the village a new soccer ball. You would have thought we brought buckets of gold. While we were leaving one of the villiages Antoine and I heard some kids talking and laughing as they walked behind us. I asked what they were saying, and he told me they were talking about how their older brothers were out working in the fields but how excited they would be to come home and see the soccer ball we had brought.

These are faces that I will never forget and long to see again and I pray for daily. I ask you to pray for them and consider going and meeting them for yourself.

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