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Monday, January 23, 2012

I HEART Ethiopia!!!

We started our day off today BUYING GOATS!! That was an interesting & fun experience! On a busy street corner in the middle of the city there were crowds of men desperately hoping someone would by at least one goat from them. Today we bought 4 from the man with the best price. I will say that thiswas the first time I have ridden in a van with a goat laying tied up in the floor next to me. Ha! We then drove only about 20 minutes to the edge of town where the Village of Korah is. I was so excited to meet the people of this Leper community and love on some kiddos! We started our first day out by seperating into small groups with a translator and vising homes in the community where we served fresh ethiopian coffee and fresh baked bread. Yum to Both! It was so amazing to sit in a tiny 8x8 hut with one twin size mattress (for a family of 5) and see the love & happiness that their family shared. We could see such JOY as she prepared coffee for her visitors. We were truly blessed to see how much they love our heavenly Father and hear them speak of how this is temporary and one day they will live in their permanent home with our Creator. Wow! My heart was broken yet somewhat jealous to see how much they love & praise God even in their poverty. That may sound crazy, but i saw something in that home that we just simply MISS in our plentiful western homes. Lord, O pray that my eyes will stay wide open, that I will see that I have MORE than enough. Help me to PRAISE YOU in EVERYTHING, to remember EVERYTHING belongs to YOU, and to be content and have JOY wherever You may lead me in this earthly life. We spent a few hours loving on the children as they came to the church for lunch and waved goodbye as they returned to school with promises of a funfilled day tomorrow.

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But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits. ~Psalm 5:11

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