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Monday, January 23, 2012

Kidane Orphanage

We had a blast last night at an authentic Ethiopian resturant where we had some new experiences. Ha! We tried most of what they brought us, but I did pass on the ox stomach. Eeeeww!!! Anyway the entertainment was fabulous!! And Yes, Sid has been practicing his new dance moves that he saw:)

        Today we traveled across town to Kidane Meheret Children's Home. The orphanage is run by Sister Lutgarda and the children are blessed to be very well taken care. The children receive basic care, education, work skills, & chruch and prayer. The children are beautiful and helpful and loved having so many of us to hold & feed babies, paint fingernails, make bracelets & worship with them. It was such a fun day! I spent time feeding a precious little girl that had CP. She was so determined to try to feed herself and I loved her spirit. I was thrilled to find out that the very next day her Forever Family was coming for her:) In fact as Sid & I walked through the orphanage with the sister  inquiring on children available for adoption. We soon  found out  that every healthy  infant, several toddlers, 2 older girls all hand families coming for them. WOW! I thanked the sister for all her hard work & for being the hands and feet in helping place the children in families. It was so wonderful! It was hard to see the sweet special needs children being passed over. Such sweethearts just longing for a Mama & Papa. A HUGE thank you to all the sisters and mamas taking such good care of these children. May God bless each & every one of you.

    After a fun-filled day with the children, we traveled to a market to do a bit of shopping. It was a fun experience for the girls to see how to bargain & how to tell the kids wanting to clean our shoes NO 50 times. So many little faces just trying to feed themselves. So hard:( We had a yummy dinner at the guest house and an Amazing worship time as a team.

Thank you to everyone that has prayed for us. Please continue to lift us up as we really begin to process everything we have seen & felt. Pray that God will continue to break our hearts as we settle back into our western culture, and that we will continue to take action to help make a difference in the lives of those who are in poverty, those who are suffering from treatable diseases, and the widows & the orphans just trying to survive from one day to the next.

Tomorrow.... Our final day. Excited to see our family at home, but SO hard to leave our new friends & a country that we LOVE. Now this saying really makes sense...

"I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me"

“Open your mouth for those who can not speak, for the rights of all the unfortunate.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” ~Proverbs 31:8-9

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