get ready for picture overload. i tried to narrow it down to just a few. i really loved everything about this trip and could sit and look at these pictures daily. as i said in a previous post, our team went to ethiopia through the james initiative, which is a local organization seeking to raise awareness and support orphan care. they partner with an ethiopian organization called onesimus which is kind of like a christian boys and girls club for street children. this ministry amazes me. not only do they provide a safe place for these kids to come and be loved on by people who love Jesus, but they also reach the community around them in several ways. the social workers at onesimus make home visits to see the parents (for the kids that have them) and provide support to them. they have 3 halfway homes where some of the street children live. they also sponsor a number of children to go to school because all education requires a fee to attend there. the staff and volunteers at onesimus are some of the Godliest people i have met, pouring out daily on these kiddos that would probably otherwise not receive love in a tangible way. they sacrifice their time and their personal living situations so that they can be a part of this organization. they spend and are spent each day loving on these kids, but you would never know it the way they come each day with a smile on their face and a joyful spirit. they are the hands and feet of Jesus. i cannot praise this organization enough for the work they are doing and the way they are doing it. i loved working alongside them for a week and hope that one day i will get to do it again.
|the joy of these kiddos was CONTAGIOUS. please let me be joyful no matter my circumstances just as these kids are|
|so much beauty in this picture.|
|dr. daniel on the far left and nurses getamesay and tigust on either side of me. what a privelege to serve alongside others in my profession half way around the world|
|one of my favorite pics of the week. this sweet boy did this through our van window as we were loaded up to leave the church at Korah. melt my heart. the feelings were mutual.|
|i think i left my heart in this city. praying that i get to return one day.|