A beautiful land. A rich culture. Stunning people.
I had the opportunity to do mission work there in 2008. I fell in love with the country and with its people and their kind spirits and hospitable ways. I have traveled to a decent amount of countries and each place I go I seem to love a little more than I thought I could. I love the nations though. I love experiencing new ones and I always hope for the opportunity to return to ones I’ve visited before. So when the Lord started highlighting this country to me a year and a half ago I didn’t put too much thought into it. I prayed. I interceded. I recalled fond memories. I thought about going back some time but I didn't expect it to be such a persistent loitering thought in my mind-
So much that I had to start asking that question:
I remember one evening in class we watched a documentary called A Walk to Beautiful. (A film about women who suffer from obstetric fistulas in Ethiopia) I had seen the film before and it had definitely made an impact on me- but when I watched again this time it stirred a response in me I didn’t expect. I felt so broken and burdened by the reality of what the women in Ethiopia are suffering from that I immediately knew I had to respond to the need. I wept. I mean the messy, uncontrollable, unattractive type of weeping. I think in that moment the Father revealed His heart to me and He showed me it was breaking over these circumstances.
So after a couple trips to India, a couple stops in America, a stint in East Africa, and settling into Australia I finally feel like waka, waka Shakira you are right -it is time for Africa! (if even just one of you get that reference I'll be satisfied.)
Ah! I am so excited.
This landlocked nation on the Horn of Africa has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Too many girls and women continue to die unnecessarily in pregnancy and childbirth. Those who survive often experience debilitating injuries because of inadequate medical care. Only 6% of births are attended to by a skilled healthcare worker.
I know these might just seem like facts to you. But images of real women I've seen suffer are burned into my mind. It's not just a statistic. It's mothers and daughters and actual human beings that the Lord cares deeply for.
So I am going to Ethiopia for a short trip and I don't really know what to expect from it. But I know I heard the voice of God and I have to respond to it. I am going to search, to seek, to discover. I am going to help, to heal, to serve, to love.
I am needing to raise around $3,000 for this trip. Would you consider helping me get there? The fact is I need funding to be able to go and to provide while I am there. There's a donate button at the top of my page. I don't want to feel like I have to pitch a sale to get there. I just know that someone has got to go and I'm saying I am willing. So if you're willing to be apart of this financially I truly would appreciate it.
Bless you all. Love you and look forward to filling you in on details as they come. The set date for the trip right now is May 12th!