Side note: I'm going to add pictures of some of the places that the team will be traveling to and have traveled to. Please remember that these pictures are from last year's trip and are only being posted so that you readers can get a better mental picture of the places and faces that the team will be seeing!
Today (Sunday), the team woke up from a long night of catching up on jet-lagged sleep to go to Beza International church. This church has "branches" in countries all over the world and holds services in both Amharic and English each week.
After church, the team returned back to the guest house to have lunch and visited with Peter and Elizabeth Abera. Peter has played a huge role in partnering with Hope For His Children in Ethiopia! Peter is the founder of Compassion Family International, which I'll be explaining a little later. His wife, Elizabeth (called Elza in Ethiopia) is from California and is an amazing and inspiring woman of the Lord! Peter's testimony is an awesome one and the team was blessed enough to be visited by the Aberas to hear their story and prepare their hearts for the work they will be doing this week!
After lunch and talking with the Aberas, the team headed to CFI to unpack and organize the donated supplies and get ready to be with the kids tomorrow!! Tomorrow I'll explain more about CFI and include some pictures from the site that they minister to the precious children of Addis at!
I received this quick update from Carrie Gourley, and I wanted to let you guys know a little bit more of what she said about their experience so far!
"Everyone seems to be doing really well...food is ok, I'm still a little unsure :) Good thing I brought snacks! Lots to see, quite amazing to see all the stuff on the streets, still doesn't feel like I am in Africa, I am sure it will hit me tomorrow! :)"
Tomorrow the team will be heading to CFI to pass out shoes to the kids and will also be meeting with many of the mothers and guardians of these children to start a women's ministry at CFI! The time spent at CFI will be much like a Vacation Bible School set up and they will be there all morning. After lunch, the team will be headed to the Kechene drop-off center, which I will also explain in more detail tomorrow!
Keep praying, everyone! God is so good and the team is doing awesome!
Remember to feel free to comment if you have anything you would like to say to your loved ones and I'll pass on the message!
Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!