Africa, especially Ethiopia is never far from my mind. How could it be really with two beautiful reminders dancing around me each day and another waiting across the world? The images that Nick brought back from his trip last month bring mixed emotions. Ethiopia is an absolutely beautiful place for so many reasons. At first glance, the extreme poverty is almost overwhelming. But then, I'll look at the smiling eyes of a child that's been given a glimmer of hope through the work that is being done there and the work that is ongoing behind the scenes thanks to the many sponsor families and through the donations of generous benefactors and suddenly, joy radiates through the despair.
We're finishing up our study on Radical and in one of the final chapters, David Platt writes, "Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. but once you do, everything changes." We feel honored that we have been able to hold orphans in our arms. It changed EVERYTHING for us. The video below is a compilation of the images and people that Nick encountered on his trip. Real people with names. I pray that they are harder to ignore once you see their faces.