I am excited to be bringing you this story!
You see, this beautiful young women, is my cousin.
And this is her story.
I was in Swaziland, Africa during the gift distribution. I was working with a mission’s organization called "The Luke Commission" (TLC.) TLC is an incredible organization ran by an amazing couple, Harry and Echo VanderWal who are both doctors. This couple and their team go out into rural Swazi communities doing clinics 2-3 times per week and treat 100's of people medically for no charge. Once or twice a year boxes get sent to TLC and they bring the boxes to a clinic into a community that is in great need.
Seeing them open their gifts was priceless. The staff at TLC had all of the kids who received a gift sit on the ground in a large group with all of their gifts still unopened.
A Swazi staff member explained to the kids into a megaphone where the gifts came from and talked to them about the love of Jesus. Most of the kids in Swaziland know about God and could understand that the Lord was the one who allowed them to be blessed with these wonderful gifts. After a few minutes, everyone counted to three together and all of them opened their gifts at the same time.
Kids were standing up, holding their favourite gifts high in the air. Kids were dancing around with enormous smiles on their faces. Kids were screaming and laughing. They were sights and sounds that I know I will not soon forget. The kids especially loved the toques/hats that were in their boxes. They were all walking around wearing them afterwards. And toques are especially nice gifts for kids living in Swaziland as it gets very cold there in the winter! They also loved the tennis balls (they use the balls a lot for different games that they play) and the teddy bears.
Thank you Amy for sharing your pictures and story!