Monday, November 10, 2008

Leaving Liberia: Part Three


The Kids
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Its beginning to hurt a bit. As we count down the days to our departure, we are wondering about the inevitable goodbyes just down the road. We are missing our friends already. We are missing the children most of all. There are so many kids we have laughed and argued with, sat with, conked, hugged, teased, taught and bandaged. Some saw us first as curiosities, then as potential sources of goodies, but now there is something more, something much deeper. Renita and I see a handful of them almost as if they are ours. We know several of them see us more often than either of their parents, and depend on us for guidance and a sense of stability. We did not seek these bonds intentionally, and we hope that bonding will be worth more than the pain we will all feel upon parting.

Here are just a few of them-- "The Kids in Liberia." Some are forever a part of us, some we met in passing. We have hundreds of images of Liberia's children—we could have selected many more. Look closely. Each face is a brushstroke in the Liberian Portrait. Each is different, and each reveals something of the Face of God.

The Children of Gbaye's Town...

Ambush Corner
Koon's Town
Toto Town

West Point, Monrovia

Foster Town Market

Buchanan

Congo Town

Disco Hill

St. Theresa Elementary School

Christ's Friend Children Academy

The Reed House

Some who have planted themselves in our hearts. Of course Trokon, Eastman. (With Enoch on the right.)

Apple, Cecelia...

...and Faith.

Rachel (aka Chinese Girl)

Obadiah

Enoch

Thinkers Village Beach. Taken on Morning One of our time here. Still our favorite image.

2 comments:

Marianne Bailey said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos of the Liberian children. All the best as you adjust to saying farewell to all whose lives you touched.
Marianne Bailey Immanuel CRC

The Reeds in the Wind said...

Thanks Marianne--

And thanks to you and Immanuel CRC for doing some touching as well-- of course our blessing is that the Reeds were the ones most impacted by living in Liberia. Our friends changed us far more than we could ever change them. Bob Reed