Monday, June 21, 2010
We visited another beneficiary this morning. She had a friend in her home and they were preparing breakfast. Seven of us squeezed into her tiny, but clean, one-room home. We talked for 30 minutes as the coffee brewed for the daily coffee ceremony. They asked if we would take a photo of them. It was not clear though, due to the rising smoke from the burning incense. The two women and their children were beneficiary families. They were receiving help from the project and were praising God for the assistance. They admitted that the little they had was enough to help them survive and they were very grateful his provision. The homeowner had a 7 year old girl. I asked if she would like to see a photo of Madelyn. I shared one of Maddie holding a large hen from the Wylie's farm in Virginia. She grinned from ear to ear. We commented that the daughters might be friends if we lived in Addis! It was a very special time together. Skip prayed for both of the women and we left to see some other families. As we walked down the road children peeked out of their door frames and some from the afternoon clubs found us and walked with us. It is challenging not being able to communicate. We know zero Amharic but enjoy holding hands and smiling! A funeral procession ahead blocked our path and plans quickly changed to visit families at another time. We watched boys playing bottle cap games in the street, vendors selling mounds of fresh mangoes and avacados. For one of the poorest nations in the world we were impressed by the cleanliness of the public spaces and supply of food, as compared to the DRC.