Just a few images of beautiful Ethiopia and her people uploaded as we travel back to SLC … more on the way…
so we’re on the way home … in Addis Ababa now. our itinerary is fora 42 hour trip if all goes well, from mekelle to salt lake city. thanks all for praying for us- its been a week rich with experience and relationship and ministry.
we left our friends in mekelle with quite a bit of resource to move forward in their community projects, and hopefully some hope and fresh ideas to do so as well. most of us are doing pretty well physically, but we’re ready to be home emotionally. thanks for thinking of us in your prayers.
see you all soon.
Hello all from Ethiopia-
We visited many “homes” yesterday in the Mekele community. You can’t really call a 4′ x 8′ room/shanty that sleeps 3, has no toilet or shower, no running water, has one light, has no bed, no sheets, no pillows, no ……. and leaks water when it rains – you just can’t call that a home. There are tens of thousands of residents in those types of living accommodations here in Mekele where about 215,000 people live.
Can you imagine hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million plus, in the capital city of Addis Ababa where 3M people live and the incredible homelessness and substandard living conditions, unimaginable poverty and ……. It is really unfathomable. Think for just a moment about the worlds population of 7B people and how many billion – likely 6B plus – that live in these conditions. We are so blessed and we are so grateful for our new digs for the next 4 nights but are humbled tremendously.
Please continue praying for our health and that we can do God’s will on this trip and to lay the foundation and framework for future exciting and beneficial endeavors with us, with K2, with Bridges of Hope and for all the markets throughout the world that are in such need of help. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” –
Thanks for the continued prayers and God Bless you!!
When faced with so much genuine need it is hard to not just try and fix it. So many of the issues we see here could be immediately addressed with the money in our pocket but is that the right thing to do? We saw that giving just one child something as simple as a ball point pen created a mob scene of kids wanting a pen. Many times we think we are helping when we give something away but in reality we are making things worse. If we can help a person or even better a community figure out how they can enact change to better themselves than real, sustainable improvement can happen. This takes a lot of time but this process not only meets the need of the person but also maintains their dignity.
As Americans we are use to everything happening instantly and many times that is how we approach our compassion efforts. We feel good when we give something away to a person less fortunate but is it about how we feel? I believe if we were to step back and look at it beyond the immediate situation we would find that the outcome is much different then we intended.
When my friends who have been on mission trips before said the only thing to plan is for change, I had no idea the extent of it. We are in another hotel in Mek’ele and everyone seems pleased with the move and at least on the mend if not 100% yet from illness. We have not done a lot of the teaching that we hoped to do, but you can see God’s love and spirit working in these men at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. I also feel like God is doing a work to open my eyes to the way the rest of the world lives.
We were very excited to get to do a first CHE lesson with the visually impaired group yesterday. They wanted to learn about dental care. I got to help since they were down two team members. They had a good laugh as I brought around the plastic mouth to demonstrate how to brush your teeth. They probably thought we were crazy and thinking about it in hindsight, if I had never seen one before, I may have laughed at it as well if someone handed me a giant plastic mouth.
If you have never worked with anyone who has a disability, I highly encourage it. They are amazing in the fact that other abilities are so much more heightened. We had the opportunity to visit their homes and they led us from the orphanage where we did training to almost a mile away with twists and turns down roads, through a locked gate, all while holding a conversation. I can barely walk in tennis shoes, knowing and seeing where I am going without falling. Three girls live in a shack that used to be a toilette and was cemented over. The three of them sleep on one “mattress” on the floor together. They are clean and happy and it looks like their accommodations are better than most of the other visually impaired. They have a strong desire to be taught something that will allow them to support themselves and you can tell just from our short interactions with them, they are very bright and capable of doing something amazing. I hope next time I come back, we have found a way to teach them so I can buy the things they have been making to support themselves.
Thanks for all your love, support and prayers. Amy Rose
What an amazing journey this has been. I’m so grateful to be here and have met these amazing people.
Today we went to the school of blind to teach them about dental. Wow, that was crazy. Its amazing to me how this community is taking care of their oral health. Cleaning their teeth with twigs and living with pain everyday. This leadership group is all teenagers that are living this way. I pray that our teaching will help them understand how important it is to teach their community about oral health and this will be a start of something amazing.
This afternoon we spent some time with the younger children at the school if blind. As we walked off the bus towards the school the children began to run toward us, knowing where to run and without tripping over large rocks. We were so welcomed by these children. Their hands were out ready to shake ours, introducing themselves. I met two little girls, one had her hand wrapped around my waist and the other holding my hand. These sweet girls began to sing to me their english song they have been learning at their school, they stole a part of my heart. This has been an awesome experience.
We have had a couple of team members that have got very sick, please be praying for them.
Wednesday morning here in in Ethiopia and we have a few prayer requests:
1. We have a few sick people – flu is setting in with a couple people and we have 2 who are nauseous and have been vomitting.
2. As we start teaching in the communities and doing home visits we have 2 members staying back at the hotel today, so we need to fill in the gaps for the roles they were playing.
3. Pray for us as we get into the communities today and see what the guys at the seminary have been doing in regards to community development. We are praying about our continued and future support of the projects going on here, in addition to the current K2 support of their gospel training at the seminary.
We’re praising God for:
1. 10,000 bibles in the NT Tigryan language which have been delivered and will be distributed to all the priests in the entire region soon! This is the first time the NT has been printed in this language!!
2. The training room [complete with internet and laptops] that K2 built is being used continually and working well.
3. The first class of graduates [25 men] are all on track to graduate from the Seminary in June 2012.
Thanks for praying we’re ready to rock!