We all travelled to the Hope Centre and spent time with Pastor Nhon, his wife Tre and all the awesome kids. We would also spend time with the Pastor to formally review Kierra's three-week internship plan with him and reiterate our desire to assist him in setting up life-skills programs at his Centre.
In the van, on the way!
The new entry gate.
As customary, we toured the Centre to see all the new additions and updates that had been made since our last trip (November, 2017). Much work had been done in preparation for the Centre to become an officially registered Orphanage - new dorms were being finished, the church had been moved and finished, new boys and girls bathrooms we completed and a huge water system was done.
Ms. Tre also proudly and thankfully showed us to one of the washing machines we provided in a previous trip. Although a seemingly small thing, she reiterated that now with the new machines, their children don't have to stay up late to wash their own clothes and as a side benefit, they are able to wash their clothes more frequently. Evidently, they Hmong children sweat more so this is a real big deal for them.
We then spent some time with the children who were not in school. Below are two sisters. Unfortunately, they were dropped at the Hope Centre because their Grandma could no longer care for them. This was the second day for the younger sister. Shad was showing them pictures of his family.
Cockroaches before lunch?? Just another day at the Hope Centre!
Pastor Nhon reiterated his three-part vision for the options for his children:
1. Some would become pastors
2. Some would gain life skills and live and work outside of the Centre
3. Some would live and work within the Centre
We were both impressed and pleasantly surprised by hearing this vision from him. This is the first time in the two years that we have been visiting that we had heard him articulate his vision so clearly.
We then took Kierra to where she would be staying. Fortunately, she was going to be able to room with "Ruby", Pastor Nhon's daughter.
Kierra approving of her new digs...
Then it was time to say good bye! It was a sad good bye, but filled with anticipation as Kierra was set to be used in many new and interesting ways for His good work.
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