Behorika Girls School Retreat: Day 1
Madagascar 2015: This post is part of a series of updates following the Madagascar mission team. Read more at fpco.org/madagascar.
Today we began our 3-day retreat with the 120 girls at the Behorika Girl's School. The teenage girls at Behorika come to the school with challenging backgrounds, including extreme poverty and abusive situations. They're able to have a stable education daily, with loving staff and Biblical teaching. Most of the girls live nearby and walk to the school each day.
Recently, the school has taken in 25 girls full-time who are part of the juvenile justice system. Their permanent home collapsed due to flooding, and they had no place to go. These 25 girls have been convicted of illegal activities like theft or prostitution. Often, these young girls are wrongfully accused as a way for men to cover their own actions, an example of rampant corruption in the Madagascar government.
We partner with Behorika and organize this retreat as a way to walk alongside the girls and show them the unconditional love of Jesus. The retreat started with watching the Magdalena video, a film depicting Jesus' story. After, we prayed with the girls and dozens accepted Jesus into their life. Praise Jesus! It was a powerful morning for all of us to witness. We definitely felt the presence of God today!
Later, Michelle taught the girls a dance to "Firework" as a reminder that we're to let our light shine!
After lunch, Ansley taught the girls about the transformational power of Christ, as the girls chose which unique butterfly best represents themselves. Some of the girls are also learning new jewelry making skills as a possible means of income.
On the way back to our hotel, we were treated to a beautiful view of Antananarivo! We also left a little room for some team hilarity. I'll spare you the details. :)