This week Caleb’s class did a fun thing – they joined with a mission organization that was handing out gift boxes to children from a Sunday School class in a nearby neighborhood. Dorcas’ adoptive father happens to be the pastor at the church, so it was fun to see her family again. And the church is just a few blocks away from the center I’ve been working at, so many of “our” boys were hanging around. It was fun to see them recognize me and point and wave.
Caleb’s class played soccer a bit with the kids from the neighborhood, then the program began. The woman running the event introduced the kids from Dakar Academy. The DA kids sang a few songs they had learned in Wolof, and then the Senegalese children sang a song as well. The pastor gave a message, and then the gift boxes were handed out. Afterward, it was a bit of a mob scene as we tried to make our way to the car – the event had been held outside and there were many, many bystanders. They just swarmed around our kids as they tried to leave – it was a bit scary. Thankfully they were all friendly faces, but it was still a bit unnerving.
I don’t know the people who filled the gift boxes that they handed out, but they were surely appreciated!
Caleb’s teacher watches as a classmate hands out one of the gift boxes.
Caleb and one of his buddies.