One of the most common questions I’m asked is,”What’s your favorite part about Africa?” My response has been the same for the past three years: the kids. It’s hard to explain to people who have never been to an orphanage the emotions you experience while there. Feelings of anger, mostly directed towards the parents who abandon their children, feelings of sadness, and feelings of confusion abound, but are quickly overpowered by feelings of joy, by laughter, and by hope. The children in Jennifer’s home in Mozambique are some of the most incredible children I’ve ever met. They’re faced daily with huge obstacles yet have the most smiley faces and joyful hearts. They love with the purest, simplest kind of love that transcends any barriers of language or race. They work diligently and purposefully, never complaining about the hand the world has dealt them. They worship freely, purely, beautifully. They dance unhindered by the weight of the world or by the judgement of those around them. They are the reason I travel 9000 miles away to a country that is not seen by most as a beautiful one. They are the ones closest to the Lord’s heart, the ones who He speaks of when He says “pure religion.”
Hello! My name is Emilee Sullivan. I am a fourth-year student at the University of Oklahoma planning to graduate with a Spanish degree this spring before continuing my education in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. My plans were a little shaken up last fall when left nursing school and decided to change my major a week before my senior year began, but I’ve finally found what I love and it is the most wonderful adventure.