A Reflection upon returning from our church’s mission trip to Dar El Awlad boy home in Beirut, Lebanon. It, and others, can be found on our trip blog:
“I’ve struggled with putting this trip and its meaning in my life into words. This is partly because of the joy and love that fills me each time I think of the boys at Dar El Awlad and our time there with them, and perhaps, partly because I wasn’t quite ready to leave! Nonetheless, reflecting on this trip has brought me to some good places. There was the main hall where I watched hesitant boys quickly transform into exuberant participants in our daily song and lesson times, where we spent an hour a day prodding them to practice their Math and English, and where we t basketball court, the excitement and happiness they expressed each day, and the heartfelt prayers of each boy whold Bible stories each day to impressionable ears. I can still hear the excitement in the voice of the boys who recognized those of our team who had returned, the sound of countless footsteps and balls chaotically sharing the enclosedo prayed over a team member as we left. There were many special side conversations and interactions with the older and younger boys alike that left me with emotions and reactions on every side of the spectrum.