While John was at the baby weighing, Julie and Cole were involved in ministry just up the street in a local park. We were originally expecting mainly children, but found there were many mothers in the park signing up for a health program. The team performed skits, gave testimonies, made balloon animals, and played soccer and other games with the kids. It was hot today and the play time proved to be exhausting.
In the afternoon, we headed out to minister to a village located in the city dump. We were surprised how developed the village was. It included many shacks, some small stores, and lots of people. They live and work in the dump, selling what they can scavenge. There are also a few mission and aid agencies that have built community center buildings to help feed and care for these families.
We started our ministry by splitting up and walking through the village calling out and gathering kids to come to our event at the meeting building. We had about 50 kids show up. We did some puppet shows (Cole is on the puppet team), sang some songs, and shared a Bible story. After the program, we played outside with the kids giving them stickers and making balloon animals and paper airplanes.