Beep, Beep, Beep. It’s 5 a.m. on a Monday morning and our alarm is going off telling us all to get ready for the school day. Already the village is alive with commotion. You can hear pots and pans banging in the kitchen as our amazing house moms prepare breakfast for all of us. Laughter comes from the kids as they carry on their morning routine of getting dressed, brushing their hair, making their beds, and doing their morning chores.
Breakfast is served at 5:45 a.m. and we all bow our heads together and pray. By 6 a.m., the children are lined up at the bus stop in their crisp, clean uniforms, with backpacks slung over their shoulders. As we bump along the road in the big, yellow school bus, I am in awe of how caring and compassionate our children are. For example, our older children do such a great job of taking care of the younger ones. They sit with them and make sure they stay seated safely in their seat the entire bus ride.
We pull into the school parking lot by 7:15 a.m. and our day is under way at the Mary Frenter Bilingual School. At 2:30 in the afternoon, the last bell rings and all of our children load back onto the bus for the trek home. The bus ride home is definitely full of more energy and excitement than the morning ride! Lately, our bus driver, Dennis Serrano, has been playing Christian music that we all sing along to while driving down the road. It is very fun and makes the drive pass more quickly.
Around 3:30 pm we see the familiar buildings of home in sight and pile off the bus with our backpacks in tow. In a whirlwind of events, the kids change out of their uniforms and into their play clothes, do their chores and then meet “G” and me in the cafeteria for homework help.
After homework help, we sometimes have time to play soccer before dinner. Any chance these kids have to play soccer, they take it! Dinner is served around 5 p.m. and when you walk into the cafeteria with your plate of food, you are greeted with a chime of several voices ringing out, “Buen Provecho!” (Enjoy your Meal!) Around the dinner table, the talk varies from fun events about their day to the latest soccer game. After the children are done eating, they ask to be excused to wash their plates in the pila (outside sink). And more often than not, one of the children will sweetly ask if they can wash my plate. What a blessing!
Then before you know it, it is time to get ready for bed and lights out around 7:00 p.m.
This is a day in the life of our kids at the Children’s Village. God is doing great things here with our children. Every day we see miracles, because in the common, normal daily routine we see God rescuing, raising, and restoring their lives.
The saying is true, “It takes a village to raise a child”. And we are so blessed to be a part of this ministry and watch these kids grow up in a healthy, fun, loving environment. We couldn’t do this alone and are so privileged to work alongside the directors, volunteers, and staff here at World Wide Heart to Heart Children’s Village Ministries.