Monday, April 12, 2010

Adama ~ Day 1


When we arrived in Adama, we went first to our hotel (which is AMAZING!  Swimming pool and all!).  After we were all settled in our rooms, we hopped back into the van and came to our second orphanage The Widows and Orphans Home which is run by Tezera, an amazing woman.  The compound is nice but small.  There are 11 infants, 5 toddlers, 5 older children and 10 widows that live here full time.  The infants were abandoned at the hospital, dropped off at a police station or simply left under a tree somewhere.  Tezera is licensed through the government and the Office of Woman's Affairs so she is given infants and children when they are found.  The widows were brought here as they are found as well.  The inspiration for this home comes from James 1:27 "Religion is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world."  Tezera takes this passage to heart and lives it on a daily basis.  There is a bible verse taped to the wall in the main sitting area (which is on the porch) that reads "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widow, is God in His holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families."  Psalm 68: 5-6.  This verse speaks for its self.  That is the motto of this home, to be God's hands and feet when it comes to orphans and widow and the ladies here are surely being God's hands and feet everyday!

Life is too short and the planet is too big to stay in one place too long!

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