Hope, the thing with feathers, an anchor for the soul. Hope is a word I have thought a lot about this week.
I hope that child will have a family that loves him one day.
I hope that sweet mother has enough food to feed her children.
I hope that child grows up to be the doctor he wants to be.
I hope I can be the change this world needs.
Unfortunately, one person can’t change this messed up world. That is God’s job. So I guess all we can really hope for is to be the change for one person. That is exactly what Ordinary Hero stands for.
For me, this week was unlike any other mission trip I’ve ever been on. I left Nashville with tears in my eyes as I said goodbye to my family, leaving to spend 2 and a half months in a place I’ve never been and with people I’ve never met.
I hope I love it there.
Thankfully, it was so easy to fall in love with this country and it’s culture. Everyone is so loving, so welcoming. Within 7 days, I have met some of my best friends. I hope God has used me to touch their lives the way I know they have touched mine.
The most impactful part of my week here was being able to see the effects sponsorship has on these families and children. I was a little confused when so many kids were coming up to me, showing me pictures of American families, and pointing out their mom, dad, brothers, and sisters. At first, I thought maybe they were in the process of being adopted but I quickly realized they were referring to their sponsor families. These children will think of you as their family. They will love you in a way you have never been loved before. What is only a small amount of money each month for us can provide a family with the things they need to survive. Children are starving everyday here in Ethiopia and we have the ability to change that. Watching families meet their sponsors this week has really opened my eyes to the many ways you can change the world for one.
I no longer have to hope I can change someone’s life. I can!!!
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please visit this link:
Ordinary Hero Sponsorship Program
I can’t wait to share more about my time here in Ethiopia! As they say “Selam” (Peace) and God bless you!