Today was the annual Middle School Service Day!!! The middle school was split into 5 groups. Each group went to a different place to give service. There was the Tianjin Orphanage, a preschool, the Elderly Home, a different orphanage, and a adult facility. I went to the Tianjin Orphanage. At the orphanage our group was divided into 5 classes; the 3-4 year olds,the 5-7 year olds, the 6-8 year olds, the 9-10 year olds, and the disabled group. I was part of the disabled class. I had a lot of fun!!! All of them were constantly repeating “Jie Jie!” Which in Chinese means older sister. Here if you call a slightly older girl or boy, “Older sister” or “Older brother” it is respectful. If you call a woman, whether you know her or not, “Aunt” it is also respectful. All the kids wanted to play with me! They they loved to color, and every time they made a mark they would show me and smile. There was a little boy that I think was partially deaf. I liked to play with him, we played with the toy cars and drew pictures. There was also a little girl who, when I was coloring, would take my colored pencil out of my hand then give me a different one. While I was there I was thinking, we are going to go home and back to our normal lives; like going to school, e-mail, sleep overs, etc. But these children stay in the same building 24-7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)!!!! From this day on I want to remember to be thankful of just how much God has blessed me.This is the colored pencil stealer!
This is the whole group that went to the orphanage.
This is another boy in the class, he was 14.