Monday morning in Ethiopia, our ladies will spend some time talking about their trip so far - personal impressions, things to pray about and reasons to give thanks. After breakfast, the team will visit an orphanage we've been supporting in Adama - The Joseph's Children's Home.
Lunch will be shared with Tezera at the Orphans and Widows' Home. The afternoon will likely be sharing bible stories and games with the children and participation in the widows' feeding program. The widows living at the O & WH and many in the community are recipients of the generous monthly support of several who have committed to give so that these women can provide food for themselves and many other women and children that rely on them.
Several of these women are blind and Adoption Ministry has been able to pay for surgery to remove their cataracts. As well as receiving flour and other sustenance, they're receiving discipleship and loving guidance from Tezera. It's a very tangible evidence of James 1:27 - Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.
I try to imagine myself in desperate physical need, having lived my life either begging or scrounging something to sell. With no medical care for the ailments that come with age and hard labor. And then an 'angel' comes, offering not only food to eat, clean bath water and a safe place to sleep but the Bread of Life Himself!
For information about becoming involved in our Widows' Feeding Project, please go here.