Processing {My first days home from Ethiopia}…

I have been home all of 48 hours and I am just beginning to catch up with family and friends who ask the kindest questions. “So how was your trip,”  is the most common question and one that is a great challenge to answer in a phone call or a grocery store chat. I am just beginning to process all that I saw while visiting Ethiopia for the fourth time but the most important conclusion for me has been this. Going to see and serve is essential. The journey is priceless and the changes in my heart and soul were so needed. I wish we could all see what I saw and I am grateful for the awareness I now have and the burning desire to take the stories of those met to the world. There is much to tell…

So why did I return to Ethiopia and what did we do? Here is my best explanation. I was part of a small team who visited Ethiopia through the help and planning of One Child Campaign. One Child founder, Caleb David, specializes in creating short term mission trips to facilitate long term relationships and change. We were visiting Uganda and Ethiopia to become immersed in the ministries already making a difference in the lives of orphans and widows. Some of the organizations and missionary families have been in place for some time and some are just getting started, but meeting and seeing firsthand gave me a clear picture as to where myself and my family can further plug in. Yes it is possible to learn from afar but there is something life altering about traveling thousands of miles to immerse yourself into the daily challenges, the beauty and rich culture and faith of Ethiopia. The ministries we visited need our voice and they need our support and I look forward to sharing the various models of redemption and change we witnessed firsthand. Now that I have seen many of the organizations doing great works I can come alongside to advocate and support their cause from afar. That is why I went back to Ethiopia.

Each trip to Ethiopia I am changed, but this trip was a more intense and authentic (if you will) look into the crisis I have been called to share, the plight of woman, orphans and the destitute. If you would like to better understand how you can be the change one orphan or one marginalized woman at a time please consider signing on with a an upcoming trip with One Child Campaign. You will be changed and rearranged in ways you never saw coming. Our journey was deep, raw, thought provoking and fun and I look forward to sharing more in the days to come.  I have much to share about the children of Chapa, the Children’s Hopechest Carepoint we are involved in championing and also sharing stories from the children we met who impacted us deeply. Processing it all takes time…

Below is one example of what One Child Campaign is working on,  The Alem House.  In this video you wil see a beautiful girl named Meron.  I met Meron while in Addis Ababa. We spent only one hour together and she clung to me smiling and laughing. She is one story of redemption. She was recused from abuse on the streets and is currently living at a children’s home we visited called Hope for the Hopeless. She is going to school and being discipled and loved. Her life is one of restoration and just being near her made me want to know her more deeply. Take a look into her story and the stories of many like her and see how One Child Campaign is answering the call.

The Alem House from One Child Campaign on Vimeo.

So check out the opportunities with One Child Campaign and get ready to for a journey of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good about the work One Child Campaign is doing on the ground through strategic ministry partnerships.  I am blessed to have traveled with Caleb David to a land we both have come to love and honor so much. I already long to return…

Peace and Grace and stay tuned for more photos and stories from my trip,

Melanie

 

 

 

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