Amy and I will be traveling to Africa on a mission trip coming up on July 7th. We are going with a group from America World Adoption and through the organization Visiting Orphans. And that’s exactly what we are going to – visit orphans in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
There are over 143 MILLION orphans in the world. In Ethiopia and Rwanda alone there are over 6 million orphans. When you think of such things, it puts your own problems and trials into perspective. While it will be daunting to be thrown out of our comfort zones, there is an aching need we both have to do something more meaningful and bigger than ourselves; to do something that brings hope to those who have very little. Even if it’s just 15 minutes of painting a picture with a young girl, or playing soccer with a boy in the street… to know that we may have brought a little joy to an orphan’s life would be an amazing thing.
On this trip, our mission team of 12 we will be spending a couple of days in an HIV orphanage with children who have been diagnosed with HIV and have no hope of ever being adopted or having a family. We will also be spending time at America World Adoption’s transitional home with the older children, taking them to the zoo or to swim. Things they’ve never done before. Our group will be handing out shoes, painting a mural on another orphanage’s nursery or schoolroom, and playing soccer with the street kids who have been abandoned and live under tunnels or in the sewage system. We will also visit a Mother Theresa home in Rwanda where hundreds of orphans and widows live. Another orphanage we will visit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is one from a ministry called Kingdom Kids. We will help one day with the care and feeding of the babies in two or more orphanages. There’s much work to do and Love to give out to even make a small dent in this orphan population.
I will be mentioning more about this trip in the coming weeks. We also have a blog devoted fully to the trip: ANDIAMO. If you are interested, check it out.
Since I will be away for almost two weeks, I’m looking for a few guest bloggers to contribute while I am away. If anyone is interested in offering something up, please let me know.