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 56 April 2019 update from our team leader
Heart for Kids Team 56 completed their arrival in China at the end of last week with some having experienced disruption from missed flight connections and a missing bag (which, thankfully, arrived 24 hours later). The team comprises volunteers from the USA, Australia and the UK, with four being first-timers, and is now at the mid-point of their trip. Their commitment is to recognise that every person, regardless of their colour, race, or ability is created in their Father’s image and has value and purpose.
After planning and preparing an activity programme for some venues on Sunday, the team arrived in Doves Wings foster home bright and early on Monday morning. There have been a number of changes in Doves Wings since Team 55 came through and not least among these has been the adoption of six children into forever families. It took some time for the children to become accustomed to the new faces but by the end of the day there was laughter and cuddles galore! Come Tuesday the team were to be found visiting an orphanage in the city. Children face greater competition for attention here so they really benefit from the additional love, care and attention a visiting team brings. The day was spent playing, singing, cuddling, feeding the little ones and encouraging the ayi’s (child carers) who are typically stretched to meet every child’s needs.
The team spent Wednesday at a welfare centre with older kids, many of whom we’ve got to know over the period that teams have come in and poured love into their lives. This was the first venue where the activity programme kicked-in and much fun was had singing songs, playing games and doing various craft activities together. After spending time finalising the activity programme for the remainder of the trip, the team spent another session in Doves Wings.
Team members have commented that the children in Doves Wings were already noticeably more relaxed and receptive to them and look forward to getting to know them even better! After visiting the welfare centre the team expressed how wonderful it was to experience the sense of community and family among the kids, their love for each other and the love they received from the kids.
Team 55, October 2018 update from our team leader
Team 55 closing news
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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