We saw 520 children today in the village of Ang. Don't ask me how we did it but we did. The team ran like an oiled machine, the kids flowed to each of us to examine and off to the pharmacy they went, then off to get a vitamin and a worm pill on the way out. It was a great day, no drama, no sad stories, nothing to really talk about, other than the fact that we never missed a beat smiling as we saw all the children.
It is said that every turn brings you to a new place, either in location or in your heart. Our hearts today found a new place, a new sense of optimism, a new realization that there are still children in this world who are innocent enough not to relaize what they don't have and when they do, they really don't care. I saw that today. Torn shirts, broken sandals, dirty faces, and runny noses. But always smiling and thankful for the fact that we were there. How great is that. And the smiles on our faces showed how thankful we were to be there as well. Having nothing and having everything...it can happen, when we realize that having nothing is all the "stuff" that we thing we have until it's taken away from us, and having everything is simply having a faith in the one who is our Father. I saw it all today. The have's and the have not's. And I'm so glad to be one of the ones who "has".
In all things give thanks,