These kids made me smile. I spent at least 30 minutes sharing the Gospel with a man and his family and a friend inside their courtyard (see pictures below). They had a surprisingly nice home. They had water from a pump in their courtyard. They had a concrete floor in the house. I saw a cushioned chair inside and a nice wood cabinet against one wall with dishes stacked in it. There was a big iron gate to give us a little bit of privacy. The kids all knew not to come in until they were invited. And they weren't invited in until I was done sharing. Then they came streaming in excitedly.
They saw my camera and started pointing and smiling and pushing their way to the front. I managed to snap some pretty big smiles I think. I never ran into a shortage of smiles in Burundi. And each time I showed the picture screen to the kids (and the adults too for that matter), they just went wild with joy! It's like our kids who find great joy in playing with the box the toy came in at Christmas time - these kids never got tired of me taking their picture and showing it to them!
The house with the courtyard belonged to this man. His name was interesting but I forgot to write it down. He prayed to receive Christ. So did his wife and his friend. He asked a lot of great questions. When we were done sharing with him, I gave him an Evangecube. I really felt like he was someone who would use his influence to share his faith with others.
Here's his wife and their youngest child. I saw a few more kids in the courtyard and house that I'm pretty sure belonged to him, but they sort of got mixed into the crowd. One more picture...
I had to include this picture. This man also prayed to receive Christ in the courtyard that day. I tried to discreetly take a picture of his t-shirt. If you look closely it says Black Mt. Brewery Beer Drinking Team. At the bottom of the shirt it says Cave Creek, Arizona. The middle of the shirt shows a picture of a beer mug, full of frosty beer with lots of foam on top. In the middle of the mug it says "The Satisfied Frog." By now, those of you familiar with Cave Creek might be mildly amused that this t-shirt somehow made its way to Africa. The school that I taught at last year was located in Cave Creek, practically inches away from The Satisfied Frog! This man didn't speak one word of English. It is so random that someone would donate this shirt and that it would end up in a small neighborhood near Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa! Small world, don't you think???