This amazing team took Orbus by storm, hitting the ground running from day one and did not stop. They have made 380 children very happy over three weeks; conducted Bible talks most days; taught songs to the children (which fill the air as children skip around the school at play time); gifted sports and school resources; played lots of sports with the children; helped out in various classes; marked school work; supervised (invigilated) exams; helped the teachers in various ways in classes; visited orphans in their villages, providing groceries and gifts; bought paint and painted buildings; bought new playground items; conducted a thorough nursing clinic for 380 children, taking some to a local doctor and some to the hospital for more tests, and sadly discovering some serious issues in a couple of children, which if left untreated could have possibly been quite tragic. (We praise God for this and see His providential hand in the team having two nurses).
They also visited many local churches around the Orbus school, enjoying joyous Sunday mornings of wonderful Malawian worship.
Recently a few of us visited one little orphan girl in her village after school and found that she had been coming home after school and singing the songs the team had been teaching at school. Malawians learn much through music and dance, and the effort that the PYV team put into the songs they have been teaching at Orbus have been a big hit, echoing around the school and around the villages.
Seeing the children after school not wanting to go home, but waiting to give the team hugs and high fives, was heart-warming. There were some sad children, and team members, when it was time to say goodbye, and a sad Manners family at Chileka airport yesterday too.
My family and I went to Orbus straight from the airport and there was a quietness and lingering sadness about the school, even with 380 children running around at recess time.
Please visit the photo journal pages to see some of this activity.