I've Got the Joy Down in My Heart

22/06 (that’s how they write the date in school) 

So today is the first day of class, and I already spilled rooibos tea, I drink that probably more than water here, all over my shirt.. some things never change. It’s so weird the weather. It’s winter here and they do not have heating units so in the morning and nights it is brutally cold (like 30 to 40 degrees) but in the day time it gets to about 70, very very strange. So, choosing what to wear is not that easy. In the mornings you want to dress as an Eskimo, but in the afternoon you want to jump into the pool. I don’t understand it yet. 

Anyways, we are working in a Christian Primary School in Olievenhoutbosch aka O-Town. I was assigned to be with the grade ones and I couldn’t be any happier. I come in the class the first time and each and every student became silent and just stared at me. Then, in unison, they said,” Good Morning Ma’am Brit ( it’s hard for them to say Brittany, so Brit was much simpler) How are you today?” I said, “Good morning class, I am good how are you?”, then they responded, “Good, How are you?” so then I saw right through them and giggled because they had just asked me the same question. After marking (grading) the tests that they just took, I taught them the only song that popped up into my head. 

“I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart..” and so on. 

With dancing and crazy singing, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. After class they took me outside and we played and they tickled me to death (I hate being tickled) and then sat together and talked. They asked me why I was white while touching my skin and playing with my hair- a very odd question but very reasonable. I said, “im not white, im just a really light brown and God made me this way” and then they all giggled and went on playing. 

After that, from a distance I heard, them singing the song I had just taught them to their friends. I keep saying this but that was probably the cutest thing ever too. I went over to sing with them and they were all just lighting up. They truly did have the joy down in their heart. 
Today, even though I was suppose to teach these children something, they taught me so much more. 

Wherever we are. Wherever we go. We can always be joyful. The children here live in what we define as “poverty” but they are not poor. They are rich. Rich in love. Rich in kindness and compassion. Rich in joy. How beautiful is that? The Lord is our delight. He is all we need and I see that in each in everyone of them. 

Stumbling upon this verse tonight it literally is exactly what I needed to hear. 

“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corin 8:2

Now if that isn’t God just reassuring me on what I had written idk what would. I’ve got the joy down in my heart, but so do my little munchkins I get to love on each day and that is the best blessing of all.