Ethiopia Trip Recap Day 6: That’s love.
We were told by the government that our paperwork would be approved and waiting on us this morning. Yemamu and I were doubtful. TIA-This Is Africa after all. We were so nervous about our paperwork being finished, I made our entire team get up and travel with us to the government office. All seven of us.
The government official assigned to our case couldn’t stop staring at all of us standing next to his tiny desk. He had made a few changes to the proposal and said that as long as we went and made the corrections, he would sign the approval. We raced to an Internet cafe, corrected the documents and were back to his office within the hour. As he promised, there was a paperwork. Signed. Sealed. Delivered. This is what one of my LoPa partners posted on our facebook page when I told her the news.
Isaiah 45:2-3: “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”
Amen Sister! We were so excited and everyone was in tears. Well, every one but our Ethiopian official. He really was ready for us to leave. We headed out for a celebratory lunch. We called all of our cooks and security guard at the center and made sure they knew to stoke up the fires and bring on the kids because feeding would begin IN THE MORNING!!!!!
Hugging it out:
As we neared the end of the day, the last kids to be profiled were the boys from the dump. They had waited patiently for three days while everyone else went before them, as they waited their turn. We were through about four of them, asking each one what grade they would be in school, when Yemamu stopped in the middle of translating. He didn’t say anything for a moment. He asked the same question again. He and the boy we were interviewing seemed to disagree. Yemamu asked some follow up questions. Then Yemamu got real quiet. Then he got teary.
As I lay in bed, I let the tears roll. “Tomorrow. Tomorrow feeding would begin. Our 60 kids would be starving no more. Jesus, ‘every good and perfect gift’“. This day was definitely a good and perfect gift.