Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Ethiopia, 2013 ~ Last day in Ethiopia

 We have had such an amazing week in Ethiopia. Our last day in Ethiopia was nothing less than packed with events for the day. We started our day by heading over to 
This is an awesome ministry founded by Jimmy and Rachel Gross, they are dedicated to showing mercy and compassion to people living in extreme poverty in Ethiopia, and beyond.

 They have a Saturday program where they open their doors to the community, to offer women and children a meal along with bible study and fellowship. We were able to show some love to some of the children in this program. 

 We had the awesome opportunity to give chickens to each woman in their program in order for them to have for Easter. We want to thank everyone who purchased chickens through the OH Store. Your purchase on behalf of our fundraising affiliates allowed us to give these chickens. 

 It's always fun to watch Americans as they handle live animals! Ha! 

 It was such an awesome sight to see each woman with a chicken to take home to their family. 

 No Ordinary Love is an amazing ministry! We always enjoy our time there. They have several sponsor needs available. They have a new program of reuniting children who have been trafficked, back to their families. It is truly amazing! If you would like to help with the cost involved in reuniting a child to his/her family, and other sponsor needs, please visit their SPONSORSHIP page
 to see how and who you can help. 

Our next stop was the Korah community. We went to a community church there to feed them the sheep that we brought over yesterday. They had it prepared and ready when we arrived. The word got out that the church community was going to be fed and instead of all the adults packed in there it was filled with nothing but children. The adults wanted to make sure there was enough, so they all sent their children to eat in their place. When we arrived, one of the leaders had all the kids clapping and singing. 

 Our team was able to fill plates for all the children and feed them all one by one. 

 We had a great time with everyone in the church at Korah. 
 Our last visit was to Hope For the Hopeless Drop In center. They were given all the packets that Hillcrest Elementary, in Orem, UT, packed and sent over from their Read-A-Thon! 
 They all were happy to receive their gifts. 
Thank you, Hillcrest! 

 We made a quick stop at the market for some last minute take-home gifts. 
I ran into several familiar faces there. 
 Today was Shane's birthday! Happy Birthday, Shane! 
We surprised him with a cake! 
We all quickly got ready and finished packing in order to head back to the States. 
That evening we all said goodbye to Ethiopia and left with heavy hearts as we thought on all the children we would be missing. We are thankful for all the many lives we were able to touch and the lives that touched our own hearts. There will be some processing to do once we arrive back in the States. I believe each and every team member will return home moved with compassion and with a heart to serve....which is what it is all about. :-) 

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