Today was the day we visited the Compassion Centre. With me being on my first mission trip it was amazing and overwhelming seeing these children being so excited to see us. Before the trucks even stopped to let us off the kids were yelling and running to the gates. As we entered, they were hugging everyone of us as if we knew each other our whole lives. I would compare the excitement to Christmas Day in Canada. There was a small presentation the children put on for us. They also had us interacting with the children by introducing ourselves followed by us making our favourite animal sound while the kids guessed what the animal was. Some of the team members have sponsor children who they were able to visit with along with the child's family. After the presentation we had the opportunity to try some of the quisine which was pretty good. We then went on a tour of the centre where we learned that the workshops they have are pinata making, computers and sewing. After the tour the team, along with the sponsored children and their families, made their way to the hostess' house where we had lunch and did some more interacting with the families. They taught us a couple dances and some of the team members played soccer with the chldren. It was an amazing experience watching these children, along with their families, visit with their sponsors and see the joy and hope in their eyes and smiles. The Fiesta was a truly amazing experience with the paper flowers, balloons, music, food, and overall ambience. Compassion is a wonderful thing to spread. God Bless!
By Dawn Merrick