Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ethiopia Days 3 and 4

Tuesday was an extremely full day. We started out heading to Bright
Hope School where we learned we'd be clearing the land and digging the
foundation for a chicken house, not framing a chicken house. Gods in
charge and we were just blessed to swing a pick axe, shovel dirt, or
machete trees with the amazing people of Ethiopia. We were dirty,
gross, and exhausted but our hearts were full. On our way out we went
with Sammy to Korah which is one of the poorest areas in Addis. The
living conditions were horrifying at best. Each of us have a passion
for Sammy, his vision and the children he serves. We have so much to
share about Sammy and his ministry, our hearts are overflowing. Later
we visited the Thomas Center where our friends kids are, the pastor
who runs a couple of ministries here was also here when I came last
year. It was awesome to see him again and hear his heart for the
orphan. This is also where our friend's three kids are and we were
able to spend some precious time with them and take pictures while
they got their backs adjusted by our chiropractor friend. It was a
great time spent with all of the children there.

We then headed to Bole Ba Bola another extremely impoverished area
where they do not even have running water. We attended their church
service and were so incredibly blessed by each of them. This trip
impacted our team on so many levels. The joy of the Lord these people
have is amazing. Even though they have nothing they love Jesus with
all their hearts. One thing David pointed out was that some things
are the same no matter where you go. This was no different. The
ladies stand around chatting, the kids run around playing, just

It was a long long day but the Lord met us and we were thrilled to
have done what we did.

Day 4

Today was yet another beautiful day in Ethiopia. The sun was shining
and we're all sporting a great tan!  We had a rough start in the
morning due to a driver issue but we finally headed out to Bright Hope
School to continue digging the trench for the foundation of the
chicken house. This was so much work!! It was solid rock! Watching
Nathan throw the pick was impressive! That boy amazes me! To top it
off he wasn't even feeling good! God gave him enough strength to
carry out today's task and it was beautiful.

We spent the afternoon resting a bit, some of us had massages and back
adjustments from our in house Chiropractor. Some of us went to Tamoca
to meet the girls we've met previously but they didn't show up. Later
the coffee shop owner called but it was too late to head back we were
all bummed but thrilled to have built this relationship with the
Tamoca owner. We'll probably try again tomorrow night or Friday. Be
praying for these precious girls. We don't know what God is doing but
He's started something and we'll just have to see where He leads.
Later in the evening we were able to get one of the street kids over
to the guest house, the girls bathed her, dressed her, and we're
working on getting her a foster family so she can be nurtured and grow
up in a safe environment. She has some special needs but watching the
transformation this evening was incredible. God is SO SO good!

Thank you all for praying!! The team is doing FANTASTIC! Nathan has
a bit of a stomach ache, please pray that's all it is and nothing more
comes of it. The rest of the team is in good health and we are so

To God be ALL the glory!!

1 comment:

Donna said...

Awesome!!! Thank you for updating, we are praying for you guys. :-) Love, The Mannings