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