Written by Kayla
For those of you who know me well you know my typical bedtime usually falls around 9:00 pm! I am an early riser but I love my sleep. Sometimes I feel like the odd man out when 8:30 rolls around and I am ready for bed. Praise Jesus for putting me in a room with three ladies who have suffered from an interesting case of jet lag and have somehow formed to the schedule I usually follow. Why do I mention this?….
My day began at 4:00 this morning, as it has the rest of the mornings, with a lot of laughter. Each morning when I wake up I can’t help but laughing when I roll over to see tiny glows about the head of each of my roommates. No one wants to get out of bed at 4:00 so we lay there hoping maybe, just maybe we will fall back asleep since breakfast isn’t for another 3 1/2 hours. That never happens! So I made a decision to not get out of bed until 5:00. Sure, I could have stayed in bed for a couple more hours but then I would have missed the chance to sit on the balcony of the guest house and watch the sunrise with some of my dearest friends. As I sat on the balcony this morning with my delicious cup of hot tea I kept thinking to myself, “I can’t believe I’m here again, if only I could have this view everyday.” I just couldn’t believe I was sitting with the view of one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to with nothing but time to spend with my Savior. In that moment my good friend, Lauren, turned to me and said, “I wish I could have this view everyday!” We are kind of the same.
What happened next was pretty special. As we sat on the balcony we began to talk about God’s goodness and how his plan is so perfect. With so much time to reflect I began to talk about the amazing things I have seen the Lord do in my life over the last 8 years. It was such a joy to look back on my time from living in Colorado to transitioning back to Texas, switching jobs, meeting new friends and experiencing new adventures and being able to see so much growth in my life. Wow! So much growth! If you would have asked me when I was 20 what I thought I would be doing in 10 years, I’m 100% sure teaching in Rwanda would not have been my answer. And I wouldn’t be here if it wouldn’t have been for the ways the Lord has molded me and transformed my life. I could go on and on about the details of that conversation but that’s not necessary. The point is to relay that I couldn’t have had a better start to this day!
Most people who have been up for 5 hours are already halfway through their work day. Not us! At 9:00 we headed off to the schools and oh, were we in for a treat! I spent the first hour in a class of young three year olds. Precious, precious, three year olds. The teachers were so energetic and the students were so excited to sing and dance and play with the “muzungu”(white person). I felt so welcomed as a visitor and couldn’t help but smile as we marched around the room and chanted different things! When it was time for that class to go on their break I went into a P3 (3rd grade) Science class. I thought I would be sitting in on a science lesson but instead I got to witness a class of third graders lifting up praises to the Lord. What happened next I will never forget. I’m not sure how it happened but the teacher disappeared and Lauren and I found ourselves at the front of the class singing songs to Jesus with our new friends. It didn’t stop with the one class. Slowly, students from other classes made their way into our classroom to sing with us. Every time we finished singing a song together they would plead for another. After some amazing worship and some entertaining rounds of “Simon Says”, it was time for the rest of the classes to go on break. Before we left the school we had the honor of meeting the 6 students in that school that our sponsored through Africa New Life. Even though they are not specifically sponsored by one of us, it is still so special to get to see them.
It truly was an incredible morning! We arrived back at the guest house around 1:00 for lunch, delicious as always, and then spent the afternoon shopping at “Umucyo”, the Noonday Co-op and at the Africa New Life Family Center. Both places allowed us to bring in fabrics or buy fabrics to have tailor-made bags and clothes. We cannot wait to see how everything turns out. Until then we have something even more exciting to look forward to tonight…. enchiladas!!! Writing about the food in this house would need it’s own blog post, which will probably be written by Lauren since she claims every meal is her “favorite meal”. Needless to say we are all looking to another great night of fellowship and another wonderful morning filled with tiny glows and lots of laughter.
P.S. When I began writing this blog I was dominating in Phase 10… I am not anymore!