August has brought us to the end of our busiest season of the year for outreach teams. This month we welcomed a team of people from Michigan and Colorado serving through one of our partners, Oceans Ministries. This group included a number of individuals who have served in Lesotho and at Beautiful Gate in the past, as well as several who were able to experience it all for the first time.
As with most of our visiting teams, several people helped our care staff look after the children and accomplish the daily household chores. Others also assisted in furthering our baby house bathroom renovation project, particularly with re-tiling portions of the floor.
The team also served our staff and children spiritually. Most of the students on the team led our Wednesday chapel service, and a small group of them also provided a Vacation Bible School program for our school-aged children on a couple of afternoons.
In addition to serving in most of the typical ways outreach teams tend to, this team also had two young men with a passion for auto mechanic work. With the help of one of the team leaders, they managed to purchase a great deal of mechanic equipment and set up a shop in one of our garage stalls. Not only did they spend a lot of time looking over and maintaining our Beautiful Gate vehicles, they also taught and trained some of our maintenance staff how to do regular and routine maintenance themselves.
All in all it was another wonderful team to add to our 2018 docket. We are so grateful for all the many ways the Oceans team participated on our campus and blessed our staff and children. We look forward to seeing many of these faces at Beautiful Gate again in the future!