Monday, June 18, 2012

Ethiopia 2012, Team 1, Day 3 , Lifting Burdens

Day 3, Co-Written by Megyn and Erica

Today was another amazing day in Ethiopia! We continually thank God for his hand in all of this. We started our morning off at an orphange for HIV positive children. These children were so precious! We were able to give each child a new pair of shoes and a blessing bag.

There were two older girls who loved the bows and bracelets.

Part of the team went out and bought specific needs for the orphange. We were able to provide teff, diapers, powder milk,flour, rice, and bibles. They were completely overwhelmed and thankful. When we first arrived, there was a 9 year old boy with cerebal palsy lying in a crib. Scarlett, an occupational therapist, brought him outside and was able to get him to interact, and eat baby food she brought.

 How amazing that God provided an opportunity for Scarlett to meet the exact needs of this child for a day.

 As a team we are brainstorming about gathering supplies to create a chair that would adequately meet his needs. Lauren taught the little ones about Jesus, while Megyn ministered to the orphanage staff. The children sang us a song about Jesus in amharic, and in english.

For lunch, we ate on Mount Entoto. As we were finishing up eating, a woman was coming down the mountain with a load of eucalyptys branches estimated to weigh 200lbs. Woman carry these heavy loads and make very little money. We offered her lunch, and she sat and ate.

Several of our group felt led to give her money, a bible, and a pair of shoes. Even though we could not speak her language, you could tell by the look on her face that she was touched. We fully believe this was a divine appointment with this woman. She was given more money today than she would've made in two weeks. What a blessing and light we could be for this woman!

After lunch, we went to another orphanage to feed them the sheep we had bought yesterday.

 One of our team members, Sarah, had a moment of healing with an infant at the orphanage. She lost her baby boy at 39 weeks in October, and the baby boy she held was around the same age her son would have been.

It was awesome to see how God brought her all the way to Ethiopia so she could hold this sweet boy while he slept peacefully in her arms.

This evening we had an emotional debriefing of what we have been seeing. We are all feeling such a burden for the people of Ethiopia.

The poverty is so overwhelming to see and it is painful that we cannot help them all. It is difficult because We want to take this burden away from them, but we cannot possibly do this. While considering this burden, I was led to this verse:

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." By God's grace and divine appointments, We are showing these people Jesus, and he will carry their burden.

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