This past Wednesday, four of the main house children headed up to Fort Jacques for a short trial visit before moving up. What I thought would be an exciting adventure, I soon realized was something so much more. Three of the four children were terrified getting into the truck for the ride up the mountain. A seemingly "normal" activity most of these children have never experienced.
After pulling up to the gate, we took the children by the hand and led them onto the playground. Timidly they looked around, unsure of all the new faces anxiously waiting to show them around. The children at the toddler house did all they could to make the children feel at home. From taking them by the hand and pulling them around the playground, to decorating their faces with bright stickers, to sharing their toys and knitted hats, to wrapping their loving arms around the "new" children, each one curious and willing to help. Nap time was another adjustment. The three boys were each given a bed in one of the toddler houses. When I went to check up on them, one had fallen asleep, one clung nervously to his blanket, and the third one stared up at the bunk above him laying still in his bed. The fourth little girl was being dressed up by some of the older girls who had taken her under their wing. After nap time, we gathered the children and walked them back up to vehicle to go back to the main house. The second time around went much smoother.
The following day these four children officially moved up to the toddler house. While this move was much needed, it will take some time for these children to settle in to this new environment. Please continue to pray for them as they adjust to their new home.
Posted on Sat, January 3, 2015
by Nursery Nurse