|Posted by Jackie on May 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM|
Friday, April 27 was an early day for Bernadette and Friends to head to Messef. We waited at our resort for Pastor Quirico, Danillo and Linda to pick us up. (little later than planned but we finally got on our way once Pastor got up and out of bed) Bernadette and her friend Susan went with Pastor for supplies the day earlier and had the truck loaded down.....we then had to add 3 suitcases of supplies which were gathered in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Needless to say as this was my first visit I was shocked at the border crossing and the long drive into the orphanage. Once finally there I was more relaxed and took plenty of pictures of all the children. Also played a role in getting sandwiches ready with Danillo and Linda....of course Danillo thought we should fire Linda on the sandwich line! The kids were so excited to see everyone....Pastor Quirico had to calm them down and give them the speech about manners, etc. To be honest I thought for such a large group of children they were not too bad.
It was wonderful to see the children enjoy their meal and then to get their treats. I consoled a little girl who was crying....my French was still not too bad and came to realize she was waiting for candy which came in the way of a cookie. Just like any other child they knew that if they ate their lunch they would get something sweet!! Pastor Quirico and Danillo are so relaxed and warm with all the children.
We stayed for a bit and Pastor handed out some items like shoes, shirts, etc. that Bernadette had provided from all her supporters and her generous heart. Time then to get back on the road as the rain was coming....I enjoyed it at first as I was so hot. Unfortunately, it rained very hard which made the drive back very difficult....I pulled all the braids out of my hair just to calm my nerves. Danillo assured us he was going to get us all back safely....which he did. Got back to the resort only to find us almost to our knees in water and poor Danillo's home as well.....
I would like to thank Pastor Quirico, Danillo and Linda for the trip....