This is Fikre-one of Hopechest's in country staff members who guided us around and translated for us. Nick met him on his mission trip last September, so it was nice to meet up with an old friend.
His words "tell them to come" really stuck with me. We were talking about sponsorship and Hopechest and he said, "It's not just about the money. People think it is too far to come all the way here. But it means so much more when you actually show up and spend your time. The children understand your presence more than the money. It shows them that you really care."
Wow! That was pretty powerful. So I told him I would pass that on. I know my life has never been the same since my first trip to Ethiopia and I would recommend going to everyone. After speaking with Fikre, I know even more how important it is that we "VISIT orphans and widows in their distress."
If you've ever thought of going on a misison trip or visiting your sponsor child, GO-you'll never regret it. If you've never thought about--I pray that you would. It could very well change your life.