December 2012 – “Coming to America”
Have you ever given thought to what it must be like for someone who has lived in a 3rd world country all his life to travel to America? One of my many orphans traveled with me to the U. S. arriving December 1, 2012. His name is Noeli Mgeni, age 14, and when he is not in his boarding school just outside of Njombe, he lives with me. He has been like my son for seven years. His parents died when he was a toddler.
Since I had not been home for Christmas in seven years, I had this idea to take 6 weeks off from the orphanage work and bring Noeli with me so that we could visit my wonderful family and friends together. We had an amazing time. What a marvel to watch his reactions to things and events he has never experienced before. I loved it and so did he.
His reactions were a real study for me. Just seeing a car in a garage for the first time with his question; “mother, you have a beautiful car,” (2005 Dodge Mini-Van) “but how do you get it out of that room?” (garage door opener.) See how we take things for granted.
Noeli had many new experiences like seeing snow for the first time, eating a hamburger, finding out that pizza is a wonderful food and his favorite, having milk whenever wanted, sleeping with a pillow, washing clothes in a washing machine instead of a bucket, not only seeing a horse for the first time “up close and personal” but also riding it for hours, being in water deep enough to swim (a swimpool), having a variety of foods instead of the few he is used to, visiting a science museum, viewing beautiful Christmas lights; the list goes on and on.
With his warm smile, he charmed many people. After every meal, he thanked me or the host for the “delicious” food as he called it. His manners are amazing. He is soft hearted and so sweet.
I often wonder who had the better experience, Noeli or I. It really doesn’t matter as long as we all remember to count our many blessings.
Noeli and I thank all of you for your kindness while we were in the U.S.; a time that neither of us will ever forget.
Blessings to all,
Check out this link for the article published, Jan. 22, 2013, in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, “Genoa native helps Arfrican Orphans”.
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