Rwanda – Day 1

Going into day 1 at Rosedale, our team did not know what to expect. Before getting to the school we sat down at a local coffee shop to have a devotion. Our team prayed for Jesus to work through us and open our hearts to all the children there. We then arrived at the school where we were introduced to the principal, Elizabeth Dickey. She explained to us the importance of the school and general ways to act around those with disabilities. We first served in the garden out front by clearing up all of the weeds. Half of our team then went to Shoal Creek Nursery to buy flowers, herbs, and other plants, while the other half met up with the children at lunch.

Our team then all met up to have P.E. and play with the children. This part of the day stuck out to most of our team. The children and their smiles brightened our day in ways we did not expect. One 18 year old girl who attended Rosedale sat down and braided all the girls hair while others play with the other children. Many fell in love with “the trio.” The trio were three boys named Ivan, Alex, and Kevin. These three were so upbeat and managed to make everyone smile. These kids and very many more were the highlights of our day. Once P.E. was over we then went back to the garden to plant the new flowers and tidy up. At the end of the day we had all fallen in love with Rosedale and are very excited to be able to go back tomorrow.