Monday, October 6, 2008

a long week already....

Today we had a 5 hour long Lily Clinic! The doctor had to see 24 kids. We have a hospital trip tomorrow with 3 kids, Wednesday with 2 kids, and Thursday with 1 kid! It's going to be a long and busy week for me. Hopefully Friday I'll find a little time to clean my house because on Saturday my parents are coming! That has really made me realize how quickly the time is flying by, because I remember reserving a place for them to stay the first week I was here and now it's already time for them to be here. I'm looking forward to it a lot and I'll get a couple of days off next week to spend with them, so I'm excited about that.
This week 3 of our kids went to live with families through a program called Focus on Ithemba (Focus on the Family in South Africa). They were dropped off on Friday and Warren, our manager said about the oldest boy (who's 13): "He's the happiest child in the world right now, because all he's ever wanted was a family." We're going to miss them a lot but this program puts them in a home with a mother and father, gives them a good education and pays for them to go to college.
We all got some really sad news this weekend, though. Joerg, a volunteer from Germany who my time here overlapped with briefly, was killed last week when he was hit by a train. He had been back in Germany since April; he was 21 years old. Please lift up his family and friends in your prayers.
Literally an hour before we found out I had just finished reading "Where Is God When It Hurts?" by Phillip Yancey. The news was just a reminder that this world is broken, and our lives our fragile. But Yancey says at one part in the book that he "believes in the fairy tale", that God is going to restore this world to what it's meant to be.


Anonymous said...

Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about Joerg. I can't imagine the sorrow that his family and friends are experiencing right now. I will keep them in my prayers.
I can hardly wait to see you! Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

sarah, Being as busy as you are this week will make the time pass much faster until your Mom and Dad's visit. We love to hear from you and love you lots. Maw-Maw

Claire said...

How sad! It's hard to lose someone, but even harder when they are young and it's sudden like that. I hope that you have a wonderful time with your parents. I know I would just be dying to see my parents by this time!!!