Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday November 28, 2018

Today started out very early.  We woke up at 5 am to beat the traffic and go to Trees of Glory. It was the first time we were on time for our departure all week.  We even were a little early, you’re welcome Fekadu.  We tell him we are on Habesha time now because we are always running late. Today he was proud of us.
After a rather eventful drive (a long traffic jam due to an overturned beer truck and several near death experiences-thank you Fekadu for only making them near death and not actual death experiences), we arrived in time for breakfast with Simret.  It was a delicious traditional Ethiopian breakfast with almost all of the ingredients coming from her farmland.

It is quite amazing to see all the ways that she has utilized her land.  Nothing goes to waste.  In addition to the cows, she now has horses, donkeys and goats and sheep.  We even witnessed two baby sheep just minutes after they had been born interacting with their mother.  She is down to 10 chickens but has plans to expand her flock to 500 once a new chicken house is built.  The previous chicken house is now being used to house the oil press and for processing sunflower oil which they sell for profit.  Another new project that we saw was her fishery.  She turned the old concrete swimming pool into a place to raise fish to eat and also sell. Everything has a purpose.

The children have all grown and are thriving.  Most of them were at school and her own son Mitiku even finished second in his class.  She is now taking in referred children from the government as needed and had several babies and toddlers.  Some of them have medical needs that she is able to coordinate care for. She is currently raising 47 children as her own in the dormitories and said she is praying for 100.

Simret said to tell everyone thank you for your continued support.  She knows that it is God who is working through you to help them succeed at Trees of Glory.  As usual, our time with her was refreshing and we are always in awe of her ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. This care point is working towards independence and we pray that goal will be realized soon.

Additionally, we got to spend time with our sponsor child Meseret.  We began sponsoring her in 2010 and she is now 17 years old and in grade 10.  She hopes to become a doctor and her favorite subject is Biology.  A girl after my own heart.  She looked wonderful and has grown up in the past three and a half years since I last saw her.  It was nice to be able to introduce Caroline and Meron to her and for them to spend time at a place they have heard about for so long.

The country side was absolutely beautiful and was a much needed reprieve from the congestion of the city.  Trees of Glory is living up to it’s name and providing a much needed refuge for all of the children that it supports.  Simret sights this verse as her inspiration for Trees of Glory.

On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. Ezekiel 17:23

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