Monday, April 15, 2019

April 11, 2019, Ethiopia Day 3

Day two in Gondar was designated as the community day.  Misikir had told us of the destitute condition that much of the community lives in.  Many children are in desperate need of basic care.  We have seen over the years how successful sponsorship programs and the Berta program at Hope for Korah have been in improving the quality of life of children and relieving some of the burden of their families and we were excited to meet the 54 children that have been assigned to us.  

Helping in this way is especially close to my heart as this type of support helps to keep kids in their families and out of orphanages.
Families walking up the hill to be registered.

Waiting patiently for their turn.

Some of these kids are being raised by relatives and even neighbors and many by single moms who struggle in day laboring jobs making barely enough to keep the family alive. 

They were in significantly worse condition than the kids we had met the day before.  Many of their shoes were worn completely through.

Many of them had medical needs that needed to be addressed and all were malnourished. One boy had a medical need requiring immediate attention to prevent the spread of a potentially life-threatening infection.  

We were able to send him to the local clinic to receive the treatment he needed for just $2.  Such a small amount for us, but it makes a life changing difference in Ethiopia.

Despite all of their challenges, so much beauty and resilience filled the room.


The overwhelming desire to help these children laid heavy on us as we completed the profiles of all 54 children.  

We left dreaming big about the ways God will use all of us to impact this group of children and even more determined to get them the support that they desperately need.

 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
Psalm 15:2

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