Friday, July 30, 2010
I was able to borrow a bunch of beautiful things from my Ethiopian friend to decorate with and it made it feel a lot more authentic- even down to the smell. I used Ethiopian fabrics and baskets and pitchers on the tables to hold beads in and it was just perfect. I wish I would have taken pictures of all of it, but I was too busy to really stop and do it- you get the idea though. :)
"Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land." - Proverbs 25:25
When we approach missions, we often think about traveling into distant lands--lands with names like Ethiopia. They are far and unfamiliar to us.
But for the many orphans we will visit, it is the U.S. that is the distant land. In their minds, it is unbelievable that people who live in the distant land of America would come all the way to Ethiopia just to visit them.
They often do not understand their precious value to God the Father. In some cases, they are seen as cursed or unlucky. A burden more than a joy. A problem more than an opportunity.
These are the things the enemy has done to the orphans of Ethiopia. He has stripped them not only of their earthly protectors and loving parents. He has, with cruel elegance, planted the seed in their minds that they are without value to anyone.
But when you visit them in person, that starts to change.
When you tell a child you are there just to visit them, to become their friend and learn more about them, to exchange letters and have a relationship--it means more than they can even describe. It is like "cold water to a weary soul."
At HopeChest, we build on these mission trips and connect every orphanage to a caring church or sponsoring organization who will provide individual sponsors for every child and missions trips to their orphanage every year. It is the long-term, and these trips are just one part of a larger process. But that first cup of water is so important.
You can be that water. God can use your life to bring comfort and love into the life of an orphan in Ethiopia. Come with us...here's a few ways you can join this team:
2. Commit to Prayer for the Team and the Kids
3. Give of Your Treasure