We are so grateful for the Midland, Texas team, who last month, spent nine very fruitful days with us and gave our Youth Activity Center a much needed facelift!
This hardworking and big-hearted team was led by Sherry Richardson who is a longtime supporter of Korah. Over the years Sherry, her daughter Peyton and the Mid-Cities Church have made numerous trips to work with Hope for Korah. They always come with a very full agenda and this time was no exception. This energetic team began their week together by serving 350 children at our Berta Breakfast Feeding Program. It was a joy to see some of the team members reconnect with familiar faces from past trips, as others introduced themselves for the first time. In no time at all, the entire team jumped right in, serving warm, freshly baked Berta pancakes, while others joined the kids in a game of basketball.
Shortly after Berta everyone was engaged in planning for the busy week ahead. One major project this team tackled was that of renovating our Youth Activity Center. In just a few short days, the team, along with many other local, young volunteers, transformed the activity center into a beautiful space for our youth to enjoy. Every wall was ripped down and replaced, and a new ceiling was installed. After a fresh coat of paint, the entire center looked inviting and ready to welcome the laughter and energy that inevitably comes with young people. This activity center is one-of-a-kind in the neighbouring community and is a crucial hub for local Korah youth, to hang out in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to this major project, the Texas team also covered the grounds of our youth compound with gravel, just in time for rainy season!
Throughout the week we all enjoyed many great times together, but perhaps the highlight was a bonfire, the night before the team departed back home. In true Texas fashion, the team illuminated the entire youth compound with a roaring bonfire and an endless supply of s’mores. As the team roasted marshmallows and distributed the warm chocolatey treat, our HFK youth drama club proudly entertained all of us with very special performances. At the end of the night, each young person left with a smile on their face and maybe a little marshmallow and chocolate as well!
Then just like that, our nine days together came to an end. I must say, there is something truly special about this team from Midland, Texas. Every time Sherry and Peyton join us with their friends we can always guarantee an enjoyable and memorable experience for all. To all of you at Mid-Cities Church, we greatly appreciate your passion and commitment to Korah and the precious families we humbly serve. Betam Amesegenalo!!
Guestpost by Jake Boner, HFK North American Liaison