sierra leone photo2 rotatedsierra leone photo3 finalToday isWednesdayand our trip is coming to a close. I cannot believe thattomorrowwill be our last day at the CRC with the children. I am trying to soak in every moment of Sierra Leone before we are on a plane back to the states.

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sun rising above the MTC walls. It was already hot and there were clouds forming in the sky. Once I walked down to the dining hall I talked for a while to Gina who works at the MTC. When I wake up early I get to spend time getting to know him and I have really enjoyed talking with him and helping him with morning chores. Once I got done having a little power bar and talking with Gina I got up to walk around the grounds. I was able to go behind the main MTC building and explore Fudia’s garden. It was filled with rows of fresh cassava plants, a staple in Sierra Leone, and a dozen pineapple plants. I loved seeing the fresh pineapples being grown right in the yard knowing that Fudia picks them, cuts them, and serves them to us for our meals. Fudia once again cooked an amazing breakfast for the team. It always amazes me at how good of a cook she is.

After breakfast the team got ready to head back over to the CRC. We made a lot of progress on painting the houses for the children and the aunties, and we were down to only one house. We got right to work. Finally figuring out the groove of things, everyone went right into position: Lauren and Garrett painting the ceilings; Katie and Darlene edging around the corners; Hannah, Sarah and Emily coating the walls; and me refilling the rollers. Before we knew it, we were almost done with the common rooms. It’s amazing how much a coat of paint can alter the feel and the emotions of a room. With fresh coats of paint on the children’s walls it immediately makes the space more homey and clean. Halfway through the painting session we discovered dozens of spiders, gnats, and other mysterious bugs. There was even an incident where Garrettcaught and killed a grasshopper the size of my palm. Largest bug I have ever seen.

By the end of the day we were greeted with an afternoon monsoon, expected because of the beginning of the rainy season. We could hear the rain barreling down the roofs as it came closer to us. Rain drops in Sierra Leone are huge, and while many people don’t like the rain because it stops them from doing their work, it brings down the boiling temperatures and makes the air feel cool and fresh.

I am really going to miss so many things about this amazing country: the joyful children, the life that the city has, the fresh fruits, and the cooling rains. While the bugs freak me out, I will miss the nature

and the natural feel of Sierra Leone.Tomorrowwe will finish painting in the morning, pack after lunch, and spend our last evening with the children. Thank you for all of your love and prayers.

Submitted by Allie Broadus

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