I had the privilege to go out off base for something other than “business”. I was able to tag along with a group a folks on base for their monthly orphanage visit.
When I say privilege... I truly mean privilege.
I had the mentality that we are going to ‘help’ these young people, but in all actuality they gave me more than I could have EVER expected.
The orphanage has an age range from a 3 week old up 23 years old. I know what you’re probably thinking... a 23 year old is not an orphan. True, but this was not just an orphanage, it was a healing place as well.
Healing from drugs, alcoholism, mental, physical and sexual abuse and any form of negligence. A few of the young ladies there had newborns. As young mothers they are welcomed so that their child will not become an orphan in the process of the mother trying to learn and make a way for them.
So this was in fact an orphanage and rehabilitation center.
While I was there, I was trying to enjoy myself as much as I could, but to honest.... it was really hard. Seeing all of those babies that don’t have even a quarter of the amount of things we have and take for granted on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t walking around in a bad mood, I was walking around looking at their facility and their surroundings. I would literally have to snap myself out of a daze from time to time when I would be outside looking out over the area. But when I was inside around the kids I was having a great time! They were singing to us, playing , dancing and asking to color pictures for them.
What are small things to us, that we have at home meant the world to them! It was an experience I will never forget. I pray that I am able to visit them again while I am here, because I feel like I owe those babies more of me.
I wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready to be honest for what I walked in to and if I’m able to go again over the next few months I’m here, I’m going. I will be able to give them more of me mentally and emotionally.
We were able to bring them books, coloring books, crayons, candy, food, water, but you could tell that what they wanted was our attention and love!
Yes, they were happy about the candy and snacks, but the glow in their faces were priceless! If you could see how beautiful and bright their smiles were in those moments when we got up and started dancing and playing around with them, it was unforgettable.
I will forever remember that feeling and continue to embrace their little hugs and smiles they gave us.
On the drive back all I could do was...
Sit back, reflect and I was humbled.
And at that very moment I thanked God for everything He has blessed me with in my life. Especially, this experience. ♥️
Until next time, my loves