Traveling thousands of miles, some spending more than 20 hours in the air, 8 government and professional leaders “landed” at the KidsTLC campus.They came to the United States through Global Ties KC and took time to spend time with our kids! All the kids gathered in the school gym, took a seat and eagerly began to listen as we started on our journey. Each guest shared about their home country. The kids had a chance to find each country on the map and then learn about favorite foods, customs, professions and sports. Each guest helped the children speak in their native language, practicing greetings and goodbyes. The accents and language barrier required VERY attentive listening and with that came focus, understanding and connection. Did you know the children of Africa like Hip Hop and Beyonce as much as our kids? Although the pronunciation was probably a little off, we definitely shared the language of love and kindness. Thank you to Global Ties KC and our guests from Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Senegal, United Republic of Tanzania and Haiti for sharing time with our kids!