Savannah, Ethan and I got home last night from our quick trip to the west side.
We drove boxes and boxes of items donated by the kids' school to the COTN offices to be sent on to the kids at Tejan's children's home and village.
When we arrived, we got a tour of the offices and warehouse... what an amazing organization COTN is... they feed and clothe and educate hundreds of kids in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, and Dominican Republic. While there are many kids in their children's homes, like T, they also reach out to the surrounding areas, impacting so many. It's a great thing. I was so impressed with the warehouse in particular. Boxes and boxes of meals, clothing, school and hygiene supplies, clothes, bibles - all color coded according to contents and country. Our little pile of stuff paled in comparison - but we were honored to be a part of their work.
After the tour, we went down to their chapel for their weekly prayer and praise meeting. Every Wednesday they meet, giving the different departments a chance to update everyone on their work and ask for prayer for specific needs. After singing a few songs, Dave, the man who arranged our visit, walked into the room holding a cell phone and said, "Say hello."
It was T.
From Sierra Leone.
Needless to say, I immediately started crying. And talking, and laughing. There was about a 3 second delay, so we all kept talking over each other and it was difficult to communicate, but we talked. And talked. The kids and I were able to leave the room and go into an office by ourselves to talk so the prayer meeting could continue... so we got to talk for a good long time. There were lots of tears, and laughter, and goodnight kisses since he was heading off to bed when we said goodbye.
He sounded good.
It was SO good to hear his voice.
I'm a happy Momma.