Chickens Stink At Pick-Up-Sticks


Today was the first day at the Care Center all on our own!

(Spoiler alert, it went really well!)

All last month we worked alongside Brett and Allison to learn the ropes here in Lesotho. If there’s one thing we’ve found to be true, it’s that this is a very big job and we have A LOT to learn.

But all you can do is take one day at a time, and it just so happens that today was the first day on our own.

We started with our quiet times, which we then shared with the ladies at the Care Center. All last month with Brett and Allison we would start the day by sharing what each of us had learned in their quiet times. So, we tried that this morning with the Care Center ladies.

I spoke on Ephesians 2:8-10 and Rachel shared from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. These are some great verse, check them out!

The women really seemed to love it!

We encouraged the women to share their quiet times with each other tomorrow. They were so receptive! When we asked who would want to share tomorrow, one woman suggested they all should come prepared to share… and all the women agreed!

Rachel and I are so excited to see them reading the Word together and teaching each other what the Lord is showing them. We can’t wait to learn from them!

Sharing with each other this last month with the Barnhills has been so encouraging for us. Please keep this time in your prayers, that the women can continue studying the Word together and encouraging each other.

After the devotions, Rachel began working on a document with the women that she made for us to learn more about the kids. It includes a list of all the children, their ages, grades, and even a picture. They worked together to fill in information like who the child stays with, what their home life is like, how are they doing in school, and my personal favorite, what makes them happy.

Rachel and I are eager to learn more of the kid’s stories so we can better love on them and pray for them. These kids are the reason we are here. Our heart is all for them.

We went outside and played the classic game, pick up sticks. The children were looking at us so funny as we attempted to explain the rules to them. They quickly caught on and enjoyed the game so much!



We played this game for over an hour, in the dirt, with Paseka, Motsilisi, Tsoanelo, and Ntene. They all got a kick out of the chicken that wanted to play with us as it literally stood on the sticks in the middle of the circle until Paseka picked it up and threw it over Ntene’s head!

So funny!

At the end of the day, we wanted to drive all the women and children to their homes. This is a simple thing we occasionally do that is a lot of fun!

Paseka was especially excited as he jumped over the back seat, immediately put the window down, and hung his face out the window. The kids love it when we drive them back to their villages. We are still amazed at how far many of them walk every day to come to the Center. It was a great ending to a great first day at the Center all on our own.

Lastly, the Flora family invited us over to dinner and we enjoyed their homemade salsa.

Oh how we love chips and salsa!

Then we headed to the lodge to FaceTime some loved ones. This always encourages us when we get to talk to people from home.

Overall, we are feeling like we may be able to handle this job! Sometimes taking the first step into a new thing can be scary. It certainly took extra courage to get started today, but we felt all the prayers and encouragement and got to work anyway!

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

4 thoughts on “Chickens Stink At Pick-Up-Sticks

  1. Jim and Jan Davis October 6, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Rachel and Tyler – It was great to hear from you through your post today! We were especially excited to see Motsilisi’s name in the post. She is the girl on the Reclaimed card we selected at the banquet which was at Cool Spring! Please greet her for us and tell her we are praying for her and have her picture posted in our home! Give Motsilisi a hug for us. Also please greet the Flora family for us. – Granddaddy and Grandmother Davis

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  2. Gramma October 7, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    So good hearing about your first day at the center on your own! Really sounds like you and the kids and women had a great time! Praising Father for this! Let me know when we can FaceTime. Love you. Gramma

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  3. Steve Vehorn October 7, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Love hearing about your adventures and how ironic that you include a chicken in your blog on the same day that our Chick-fil-a reopens after being under construction for the past 6 weeks. I know that doesn’t have anything to do with your blog, but just thought it was funny…about as funny as thinking about that chicken trying to pick up sticks – Classic! Keep the blog stories coming!

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  4. judijackson October 9, 2016 / 12:55 am

    Your love for what God has called you to is contagious! The women and children can’t help but join in the fun! Rest well knowing you have served well. And get up and do it again tomorrow! 🙂

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