“If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” – Mother Teresa
Compassion Corps is dedicated to the work of loving and serving our African friends, and part of that mission is accomplished through the sending of short term teams. The dedicated work that is offerred during those weeks and the sweet friendships that are kindled in the process are the oil that is needed to keep the lamp burning. The lamp shines forth an important message:
In North African Muslim countries, this message is the one that breaks down walls of prejudice and builds the foundation for love and trust to grow. Ministry is effective in an environment of mutual respect and understanding…an environment that depends on both parties, working together for a common good.
In Morocco specifically, training in special needs centers has been an effective vehicle for building these bridges for ministry, and also for providing practical help to fill a major need.
This year, our Morocco team traveled in the spring and consisted of 3 pediatric physical therapists (one of whom is a volunteer staff member of CC), and 2 other dedicated CC staff/board members. The goal of the trip was to work alongside of our experienced field partners in Morocco to provide much needed assistance for therapy centers for children with disabilities throughout the country.
Our days were very busy. Each morning, each of us saw 2 children per hour as we worked alongside the therapist there to provide consultations, offer suggestions, and answer specific questions. In the afternoon, we met as a large group to discuss any issues or teaching points that had come up in the morning sessions. The best part of the afternoons was getting the center’s functioning therapists to think outside of the box and PLAY. They got to see how children can enjoy their therapy sessions and make progress in the process. We were also able to help the ladies working as speech therapists at this center, affirming all of the activities they were already doing, and showing them how to incorporate some movement into their sessions as well.
Not far from Demnate, are the Cascades d’Ouzoud. During the year, this incredible waterfall is not visible, but at the end of the rainy season and with the snow melting on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains, it is a sight to behold. We spent the better part of one day exploring along the top of the falls and hiked down all the way to the bottom, enjoying the monkeys and scenery along the way. Lunch on the way back up made the climb much easier!