Because pictures speak volumes

I wanted to throw up another post because I felt like so much happened yesterday and it was too much for one post. This one is mostly picture heavy, because I’ve heard pictures speak a thousand words.

And also because it’s almost 1:00am and the last time I wrote a post on little sleep I ended up rambling on and on about Turkish Fish) which you guys should totally scroll down the comments because someone found the metaphor. She won a cyber high five from me for it…).

Me, leaping to victory. Have I ever mentioned that I'm a tad competitive?

There was a lot of fun to be had yesterday amidst the yanking and tugging of my heart. We played games (some form of Simon Says that I lost at and ended up in the mush pot because I swear the teacher was changing the rules during play…), we raced (let the record show I beat Shaun Groves), we taught the children the Macarena (you wish you were as cool as we are) and I stood in awe of Nester’s wicked Justin Bieber dance moves.

In the mush pot

This is us teaching the Chicken Dance AFTER we taught the Macarena. The parents of these children are probably soooooo glad we came and taught these.

Sure she can decorate your house on a dime, but her REAL talent is dance and Bieber is her muse...

We even put on an impromptu concert when the director asked us to sing a song. Shaun was all, “Oh they always ask us to do that.” I have to say, we rocked it. We may need to go on tour. Lord I Lift Your Name On High” has never been more moving.

Again, you wish you were as cool as us.

Pictures. I came here to show you pictures. I’ll stop talking now…

Slamming coke. I'm pretty sure they could have beat me at this game...

The parents of the children sang and danced for us and presented us each with a unique gift that they had either made themselves or purchased.

Receiving a small wooden giraffe made her a happy Nester.

Samson, the director of this particular Compassion project, is a man of great vision and has so much love for the children. I deeply admire him.

This is what it's all about.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a child from Tanzania, click the image below. As always, you can follow along with all the other bloggers to hear what everyone else is seeing and learning. Thanks for all your support and encouragement, everyone. It means more than you know.


All pictures by Keely Scott.


  1. you getting to lead worship with Shaun Groves: awesome
    you getting to slam Coke with beautiful children all shades of brown: priceless
    hope you are having a ton of fun!
    love ya!

  2. Man, these pictures just make me cry and my heart swell. Thank you, Kelli! <3

  3. Proud to be your Uncle Dusty…you have seen up close that missions is not about what we do but who we are, not about what we do but the relationships God gives us. The pics reflect where you have seen God during your missionary journey.

    • I’ve had so many good examples to follow. I’ve thought about Mimi a lot this week. I have a picture of her in my little travel Bible and every time I open it up she’s there waving at me and I thank God for her leadership.

  4. JoAnna says

    To have so little.. yet have so much …Oh what we can learn from God .
    Thanks Kelli for helping us see it visually.

  5. Sean Cooper says

    Thanks for all the updates Kelli. Can’t wait to hear more in detail when you get back.

  6. That last picture should have come with a tissue needed warning. Amazing what a picture of two hands can say!

  7. Great pictures – thank you for losing a little sleep and taking the time to put them up! I, too, love the last photo!

  8. ohhhh…those hands. Lord have mercy on us all.

    I love seeing the fun. The fun is what makes this bearable – Compassion makes the fun possible for these kids. Thank you for sharing the teeny tiniest glimpse into your day with them – I know there is so much more you could have said – thank you for choosing this.

    • Thank you, Emily. Thanks so much for all your encouragement this week. It has been SUCH a blessing to get to spend time with your sister. She is a treasure and I’m honored to get to know her. 🙂

  9. I ripped a really loud belch just looking at the Coke slamming shot. (You’re so glad I shared that, right?)

  10. Loved the pictures…thanks for sharing! And I love that you all were slamming Cokes together. 🙂

  11. Those photos are amazing.

  12. Gorgeous photos and amazing updates…I cannot wait to read more!

  13. so amazingly sweet- thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  14. The photos have made me cry while laughing at the fun you are having. Hope is slow, but it is real.
    Thank you for touching my heart.

  15. Lord I Lift Your Name on High! Yes!!

    And that last pic of the pinky hold? *sniff* Love it!

    Thanks for the pictures!

  16. Who knew that Africa would hold our hearts hostage. I was there last October. Not a day goes by that I don’t go back. Multiple times per day. What is it about the beautiful country, people and problems that captivate? Tonight, my heart really hurts for the hurting there. That is something unexpected and unspoken. Who knew…

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