Waking up today at the wee hour of 5 a.m. at the Lungi International Airport, shivering from the AC blowing on my body, I realized how you could get used to a certain lifestyle, one that you might have never thought tolerable, so quickly. Unfortunately the continental breakfast that was promised from our leaders wasn’t available this morning; however, that didn’t faze me at all and only highlights the ‘go with the flow’ attitude we had all acquired quickly as the trip wore on.
I know the ones reading this blog might get tired of reading about how “this trip has changed my lifeforever“or “how much of a different person I will become because of this experience.” It might just be me, but all I hear from that is blah blah blah, and it doesn’t really highlight the main reason we came to Africa; we were there for the kids and to build relationships with them through the greatest way possibleGod. These children at the CRC had no clue what they were getting themselves into when they were given an invite to the center on the dusty poverty-stricken roads of Bo, Sierra Leone. What did they do though? They had the courage to give it a try, not knowing if they were going to be kidnapped for prostitution or slavery, which is so prevalent throughout the country. Looking back on it, based on the conversations I had with them; it certainly seems that it was the single most important decision they ever made.
The greatest thing I noticed on this trip was the genuine hope this country has on becoming a country that might one day become a highly looked upon nation in this greedy world in which we live. The residents and others at the CRC don’t dwell on how their parents were brutally murdered. Instead they look to the future and plan on being the most successful people the country has ever seen due to the opportunities Helping Children Worldwide and the partner churches have given to them. Also, from the medical work being done at the Mercy Hospital, the neighboring U.S. Naval Laboratory, and those Sierra Leoneans picking up the never-ending trash on the streets, there is an obvious feel that this country is getting back on its feet after such a devastating war. One word to describe the wonderful people of Sierra Leone that I met ishumblewhich is hard to come by these days. I myself am truly humbled that I was given this experience by God and couldn’t be sadder to leave behind the relationships I made and the summer-like weather in January.
Submitted by Sean Liesegang