Mornings in Adama are a bit different than Addis . . . the first and biggest difference we noticed is the heat. Even in the morning, it's warm. The birds singing and horns beeping remind you straight away that we are in Africa. Praise the Lord! What a blessing to be here today!
Sunday morning began with breakfast by the pool and Devotions in Mark's room given by John. He focused on Phil 2:13 ~ Enable me to do your will . . . I'm here, use me! John quoted the Catholic Theologian Thomas Merton during his devotion in order to help us understand that one's movement causes others to move. Andrea was moved to come to Ethiopia and help the orphans and widows. Because of that movement, we were moved to join this team. Because of our movement, others will be moved to do . . . who knows what? We don't know yet, but we have faith that God knows how our movements will inspire others to make a difference in the world! Now that is a cool thought . . . first thing on a Sunday morning.
After Devotions, we were off to the Widows and Orphans Home. We could not wait to see our new friends and get those amazing hugs! The smiles when the woman and children see us are . . . indescribable! The church that the woman and children go to is just around the corner so we put the widows on the van and let them have a drive . . . they LOVED it! The church is pieced together with wood, sheet metal and a stone wall. There are traps sown together covering some holes. It is a humble dwelling where over 850 people worship God.
Like all things in Ethiopia, Church does not really have a beginning time. When we arrived, we were told that church would begin in one hour so we walked back to the Home to hear Tezera's story.
Life is too short and the planet is too big to stay in one place too long!