What a day the Lord has made! I am so excited to share our day's activities, as there was a full schedule to accomplish.
This morning, a young man named Keagan joined us. He is here in Addis Ababa with his family as they are adding a sibling group of four to their family. He is being led to become a missionary and did all of his own fundraising to get to come on this trip with his family since he already had his turn this past October on their first visit. It warms my heart to see his love for the Lord and his call to help others at such a young age! I have taken much longer to listen!
Our morning consisted of meeting with Dundee, the director of Strong Hearts, the parent organization for Strong Hearts Hospice, Academy and Strong Hearts Daycare aka Strong Families Care Center. After a brief meeting, our group of 9 was split into four groups and matched with nurses. Each group planned to visit two hospice patients in their homes with the purpose of checking vitals, assessing their conditions and side effects , bring the bags of food items we had packed the night before and pray with them. The walk felt long with the burden of carrying such heavy bags of food, cooking oil,etc. over rocky, uneven terrain. I am obviously spoiled with the ease we have with cars, grocery carts, and more to make daily life so easy. My group was able to meet both our patients. One who has been doing fairly well and another who seems to be close to meeting our savior.
We then visited both the Strong Academy locations to visit the children and bring them snacks. There are two locations for the Academy, one for Kindergarten and the other for 1st and 2nd grade with plans to add third grade next year. The kids had fun learning our names and giggling with glee as we responded to their requests for us to sing and dance for them. They also sang to us. One class sang "Rise and Shine and Give God Your Glory" in English. Loved to hear it!
The afternoon brought us to Strong Families Care Center where we visited with the kids, snuggled the babies and prepared more bags of food for the children attending the care center. I also took pictures of each child individually for a project we are making for their parents. We were still at the center as the women were picking up their children along with two heavy bags of grocery items and I was again reminded of the privileged life I have been blessed with. Moms were wrapping infants and toddlers on their backs while carrying a bag in each hand. My brain went to thinking how easy it is with a stroller equipped with a basket.
Our day was filled with the joys of being able to provide sustenance, love and prayer. For me, this day has proven once again that money does not buy happiness! James 1:9-27 is the perfect message in relation to the experiences of the day.
Humbled to be one of His servants throughout this mission,