When it was time to leave we went to see a well that World Vision had constructed to make clean water easily accessible to the people in the village. It seemed that the entire community had come out to see us! As we walked down and back up the steep dirt path to and from the well we were surrounded by curious, thankful people.
We went back to the World Vision office and shared lunch together with Bonette's family and the staff. Saying "goodbye" is always hard, especially knowing that our meeting will probably be a one and only occasion. I told Bonette's parents that I have a picture of Bonette on display in my home to remind me to pray for her (now I have one of her whole family). Bonette's mother asked me to send her my picture so that they, too, can remember to pray for me and my family. I also made a decision to write to these precious people much more frequently than I had in the past!
We had such an awesome time away. While our visit with Bonette and her family was only one part of our amazing trip, it was such a blessing and will be an experience we will not forget. Sending a small amount of money each month to help support a family in need is great. But now, having made a connection with that family and seeing the hope that they have because of our small monthly donation, it all seems so much more real. Seeing where our money is being used, seeing that it really does make a difference, and seeing the gratitude on the faces and in the hearts of the recipients makes it so worthwhile.