Amani is still echoing with the joy of visiting the park. Mothers keep bringing reports of how memorable the trip was for their children. Keziah slipped into my office yesterday morning to tell me her son woke up early to go and tell his friends about Amani Watoto and the visit to the National Park. There are many such stories.
Laetisha, mother of Brian (13), Yvonne (11), Anna (8), and Manu (5), tells this story about her family’s visit to Nairobi National Park:
On the Friday preceding the Watoto camp, I informed my children that this year they would only have one day of camp. They were very disappointed, until I told them that they were going on a trip to the game park as a culmination of their studies of the Creation story. They all got very excited. Manu, my youngest, kept jumping up and down.
On the eve of the trip, I arrived home from Amani to find the children had picked out and even ironed their clothes for the trip. That night they did their chores cheerfully, singing songs they had learned at Amani Watoto. They were so excited that their father asked, “What is happening tomorrow? Is it Christmas yet?”
Yvonne responded, “Tomorrow is better than Christmas! We are going to the park to see all the animals God created!”
The next morning I got up early hoping to prepare breakfast before the children woke up. But as soon as they heard movement they all woke up to prepare for the big day ahead. Breakfast disappeared, dishes were done, and the house was tidied in no time.
Anxiously Yvonne said, “Mom you are delaying us. Will we be left by the bus?”
I asked, “If I make you late will you be upset with me?”
Yvonne replied, “Honestly I think I will be upset.”
However Brian responded, “I would not be upset with you mom, because if you were not at Amani we would never have had these great opportunities.”
We prayed and left for Amani. We arrived at 7 am, long before everyone else.
After the trip, the children said they want to learn the Creation story every year, so that we can go back to the game park every year.
I suspect that we have set an impossibly high bar for future Watoto camps, but I know that the children will never forget the creation story.
We thank God for His provision. We thank all our friends for allowing God to use them to touch the lives of this very special group of children.
I have grown in faith because of this experience.