Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the party beforehand

Before the actual dedication there was a party, truly! Lots of stations where different team members and staff were positioned. This first picture was just plain cute of this little boy. It is winter here in Jos, so this mom wanted to come to party, but felt it was too cold for her boy, unless she got him all bundled up. I couldn't resist. I feel a bit panicky that he cannot actually breathe, but by the end of the day, he was still having fun. :)

The swing set was in full working order, and getting a ton of use. They LOVE it, much more than we had anticipated.

Gus took my camera up the rocks to get an ariel shot of what was going on. From here it really doesn't look like a lot of people were there, but on eye level, it was packed. We were guessing there were at least 500 people that came.

There was a station of pipe cleaners and all the things that can be done with them. Glasses tended to be the favorite. I guess they all want to be like me! :)

Sarah was at a station of painting nails. Boys and girls wanted this done and when it was complete, I do believe they walked with a little bit more confidence. I mean, who wouldn't with new glasses and your nails done, right?

There were other stations like face painting, jump ropes (never really caught on, hmmm..., maybe next time), coloring books and football/soccer. It was great to be a part of the energy that was building before the ceremony. Tomorrow I will show you the dedication and the party afterwards.... OH YES, there was a party afterwards!!

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