Team experiences are life changing. many team members say this to us every year. But it’s not only team members lives who are saved.
The children and staff in our programs look forward to every team arriving . They bring new activities, new songs, plays and dramas. So teams impact the lives of the children, staff and child carers too!
Team 55, October 2018 update from our team leader
The 55th Heart for Kids Team to China arrived successfully. Unlike team 54, it was great to have everyone arrive without flight disruptions and delays. The team are all volunteers. Four on their second visit this year! People came from the US, New Zealand, Germany and the UK and hit the ground running.
Early on Sunday morning they set out to visit rural villages to meet some of the kids in our education sponsorship program. This is not a usual team activity. In fact it’s the first time for an international team in many years. They had an insightful but challenging time hearing about the kids’ lives and how they’re now looked after by grandparents and aunties. The kids talked about their dreams and were encouraged to continue studying hard at school.
Monday afternoon the team were in Doves Wings foster home where they heard directly from our Project Staff and the Ay’is (child carers) about the children who had recently been adopted and gone to be with their forever families. That said, there was still a great need for hugs, cuddles, games and time in the park for those who remain. On Tuesday the team was in an orphanage in the city where the children need and appreciate the one-to-one care and attention we’re there to give. The regular staff of ayi’s are stretched and don’t often have enough time to give to individual children. It’s not necessarily due to a lack of desire but a lack of hands. So when the team come in there are these extra pairs of hands and arms to hug, feed and love on the kids.
On Wednesday the team visited a Welfare Home for adult kids with physical and mental challenges. These adult kids love the teams coming in. They laugh so much, and really engage in the activities. They always teach the team their most recent song and dance to have learned. The team ran a program of songs, drama, craft and games and were blessed at least as much as kids!
So this have been the first part of team 55! We’re looking forward to what the second week will bring.
Team 55 closing news
Members of Heart for Kids’ 55th Team to China began their journeys home in the early hours of Friday, 1st November. During a packed 12-day schedule they encouraged kids in our education sponsorship program, orphans, kids and adults with physical and mental challenges, and local students and children of migrant workers with their spoken English.
eam members commented that visiting rural villages – the first time for an international team in many years – was a particular highlight as they got to meet sponsored kids and their grandpas, grandmas and aunties in their homes. The team was overwhelmed by the reception they received, impressed by the love and devotion shown to the kids, and the kids’ commitment to study hard and succeed in their schooling.
Throughout their time in Heart for Kids’ Doves Wings foster home and the government-run orphanage the team poured out their love for the kids through hugs, cuddles, smiles, fun and games in the playground, and songs and music. In the other programs the team spent time doing crafts and activities, playing games, singing and performing drama to bring laughter and learning in a fun and inclusive way.
The team returns home having left heavenly fingerprints everywhere they went and in every life they encountered. They’re also bearing the memories of the kids’ faces, the sounds of joy and struggle, and experiences of lives being lived-out in tough circumstances. Please remember the team members as they return to their families and home-lives and those they met whose situations are very different.
Team member quotes…
“I felt I could be myself, but I also felt a sense of peace, love and fulfillment there.”
“It’s amazing how we came together as a group of completely different people from different stages of life and different countries, yet we were God’s perfect combination of the right gifts and skills.”
“I’m thankful for this team and the opportunity with Heart for Kids because it gave me the chance to see the power of love up close.”
“It was such a privilege to interact with the families helping the orphans, and their generosity was inspiring.”
“It was amazing to be there when two new children arrived at Dove’s Wings from the orphanage – what a gift to snuggle a child that was just plucked out of a crib and help them feel safe. The feeling is indescribable.”
“Kids are transformed by even small gestures of kindness and the impact on their lives is stunning.”
“To me, missions always came across as people or groups of people who had a long and extensive background in Theology and had all the answers about everything, but now I would say it can be done by anyone with a caring or serving heart.”
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet some of the needs, love on, snuggle, feed, smile at and pray for the babies while I was there.”
“My life won’t be the same when I go home, and I believe these kids will be forever changed as well.”
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