Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 8th-Bethel Baptist

Another day in Africa and another day of giving blessings and being blessed. The updates have been written the morning after because by the time we get back to our place we are exhausted-a very good exhausted but nonetheless. Yesterday we visited Faith Children's Home, a local orphanage. Faith Children’s Home is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is a licensed NGO (Ethiopia version of Not For Profit) in Ethiopia and houses approximately 50 children. Staff members work shifts to cover 24 hour care for the children. Our team's purpose was to provide medical care to the children and staff. In addition, we brought toys, treats, and medicine to the home. We were so pleased to find the orphanage well-managed and the children healthy and happy. One of our team members has adopted from the home and was able to show the children updated Pictures of her son, now living in the states. Playing with the children was such a priceless experience. The conditions the children live in one adequate, but the very basics. No mirrors, pictures, and very few blankets and toys were available. Some of our team will be wiring money to the orphanage this week and if anyone is interested in contributing, please let me know. It the approx $400 USD to feed the children and staff each month.
After the orphage, we spent some time at one of the Missionaries' house enjoying chicken noodle soup (for those sick :), crackers, and safe, fresh veggies (hard to come by with the water problems). We also enjoyed the traditional coffee ceremony. Such great coffee! This has been an incredible trip and I would highly encourage you to take one. All people willing to help are needed. Today we fly out after church and none of us are ready to leave. Please pray for the team's safety in traveling.

"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." ~Isaiah 58:10. Serving others forces your eyes off of your own problems and brings you a joy unspeakable. Truly the best anti-depressant around!

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