"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ethiopia day 1 and 2

Culture shock.  Ethiopia is not like home.  Not at all.  The smells, the sounds, the sights.  There are people EVERYWHERE all the time.  There seem to be no traffic laws and cars drive like crazy.  We even saw cars going reverse on the highway.  There are donkeys, sheep and people just crossing the streets everywhere.  No stop lights or cross walks.  Crazy, but fun all at the same time.  The air is filled with diesel fuel.  I have never seen such poverty.  There is so much that I have seen that it is difficult to even describe.  My eyes were opened for sure.

Our first morning, we hit the ground running.  We got all of our stuff into the guest house and then headed out to a transition home.  A transition home is where children already have an adoptive family, but are just waiting to get home.  It was so fun to go hold and love on these sweet babies.  It   made my heart long for Annie even more.

Sleeping at night is kind of crazy.  It is not quiet.... EVER.  Street dogs bark all night, roosters crow, mesquitos hum around your ears.  Not complaining, it was just hard to get used to.  Learned to love Unisom and earplugs!!  

Day 2 was the day of the sheep or "shoats" as we called them.  They did not look like any sheep I had ever seen.  They looked more like a goat.  If you bought a sheep through Ordinary Hero, this is what you bought. They loaded up 6 sheep on top of our vans.  3 would go to a church in Korah to feed street boys and men and the other 3 went to an orphanage.  It was a lot of driving around for the day.  It all looks the same, so it felt as if we were driving in circles!  

At the church in Korah, one of our amazing team members gave his testimony to the street boys and men.  We were able to bless them with new clothes, shoes, bibles, and a toothbrush.  After this, we were able to feed them all.  Some had not had a meal in weeks.  They were overjoyed.

 We went to dinner at Bon and had some "American" food.  Shoat is not really my thing!!  Especially after seeing the skin of the sheep just sitting in the middle of the yard...EEEK!
We went back to the guest house and went through all the donations.  We were so excited about being a blessing to the people of Ethiopia over the next week.  So many shoes, clothes, balls, school supplies, formula....what a blessing.
The best part of the evening was blessing the little boys who hang outside our guest house all day and night.  We brought them in one by one and got them each new shoes and a new outfit.  Their faces lit up.  The were so grateful.  

Isaiah 58:6-8
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and to untie the chords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 

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