Thursday, July 25
KT Orphanage Visits
Most of our team visited KT orphanages today with local church partners. KT is an orphanage for babies, toddlers, and young children ages 0-8 which also includes a school. This orphanage initially inspired the formation of Orphan Care Ethiopia, because the conditions were so severe that children and infants were dying of malnutrition and dehydration.
Throughout the day, there were messy moments as we sought to connect the local church members with the babies and children, and connect with them ourselves. We also wanted to get many of the special needs kids outside in the sunshine, which we did, just ahead of a sudden storm.
Many of the local church members were very anxious to see and hold the babies, while others held back. Several young men learned how to hold babies and delighted in showing love to them by simply picking them up out of the crib.
One local church member that oversees the marriage ministry at his church talked about his plans to integrate visits to KT into the marriage preparation process for young couples at his church to, among other reasons, provide a vision for adoption.
Kolfe Older Boys Orphanage
At Kolfe, a young man shared with an MBC team member that he was born on the streets, and taken into Kolfe at age 7. He became an addict at a very early age and continues to struggle. He got to talk with two people on our extended team who understood, and could talk with him in depth about the troubles he’d faced, and the power and love of the Lord.
OCE DC Team
We heard from each of the OCE DC team members who were on the trip. They each shared about how the Lord had called him/her to serve OCE throughout this past year.
We were reminded throughout this day that the Lord our God is the father to the fatherless.
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