Day 9 - ...How can we be almost done?!

This is Ellie!

(editor's note:  Due to security reasons we were unable to take photos today of our time in Luz y Vida - the handicapped orphanage.  However, we want you to see Ellie's beautiful face on this blog posting, so this photo is from a few days ago)

This morning was a sleep in morning! Breakfast was set at eight o'clock this morning and Berta made us wonderful pancakes with fruit faces to start the day off. Church was amazing as it was a very new church which held maximum 50 people but felt very alive and is growing fast. Those of us who were not sitting beside a translating Colombian, this includes me, did not catch all of the message because it was hard to hear the translation, but it was a good time to pray and spend time with God. The church was very contemporary and filled with artistic features which was awesome. After the service, we got treated to pizza for the first time since leaving Canada! It reminded all of us of home and I'm sure made a few homesick.

The next place was the hardest to go to in our time in Colombia because it was a handicap orphanage where handicapped kids go after their parents abandon them. The age range there went from newborn to adulthood and most of them have no family but the staff and no attention but the limited love the staff members can give. They had a small amount of staff and around 200 kids but it was awesome to see how much the staff loved those kids. One girl in particular stood out to me as she was one of the few who could respond. I played with her hair for a while as she watched the TV and then moved onto the next kid but she kept looking and smiling at me.

This was certainly an emotionally packed day as we also had to pack our suitcases tonight to prepare for our trip home. I am excited to go home but I will also miss this country so much and will remember and cherish this experience for the rest of my life.


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