Filling my heart with so much love

14 Aug

Even though the work was hard on my heart, there was no doubt that I absolutely loved it.  Perhaps I couldn’t change their circumstances, but I felt I had an abundance of love to give these fatherless and motherless children.  Everything cannot be changed at once.  Staying in the moment and making a child’s day a little brighter for a few hours, a day, a few days was why I had come to Africa. I don’t look back and regret not giving all the love and attention I could to these children.  I poured my heart out and more!  Thank you God for giving me the strength, health and ability to love on the children of Kenya and Uganda fully.

I remember one day the children were desperately trying to win over who would hold my hands. They would speak in their own language to each other.  While I didn’t understand what they were saying, the facial expressions they gave to each other was clearly saying “she’s mine”.  I quickly let the children know that Tina’s heart is BIG enough for all of them!  I encouraged them to hold my hand, my arm, get on my back….  At one point I had three children on each side of me and one on my back!  Little did they know, they were filling my heart with so much love and joy!

I haven’t fully figured out what is next, what I am to do with all that I have learned from these children, from each orphanage, from observation… but I do know that there are great things in store and I will pray and wait patiently!

Jeremiah 33:3, Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.



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