2006-11-01 Wednesday Morning
Wow! Yesterday was filled with adventures with God. We started
the morning with my favorite breakfast cereal – oatmeal. We
needed a hearty breakfast because the mobile clinic got started,
the dental clinic would open, and Phil and Tara worked with the
staff at the hospital. Unfortunately, Marshall was not feeling well
and he stayed behind. I saw 6 patients. I had a translator, Sinadu,
and she was wonderful. She’s a pediatric nurse in Addis and
was quick and eager to learn. One of my patients was so pleased
with how her teeth looked, she wanted to have a picture taken with
God is faithful and gives us whatever is needed. Before I left
for Africa, I was told the room I would use did not have a light.
Marshall bought us miner’s lights and I thought I would look
anything but human – miner’s light, loupes, face mask,
white gown, my hair sticking out, and pink gloved hands. When we
started to set up the rooms, Peggy brought in a light – an
answer to prayer.
Yesterday was registration day for the kindergarten class at Project
Mercy. It was amazing to see children and parents standing at the
gate. There were only 200 spaces available and about 2000 children
ran into the compound when the gates opened. The 200 children are
chosen by lottery. Marta had a heartbreaking task of dealing with
the parents whose children were not selected. The children who were
selected will have an education through the 11th grade. In the kindergarten,
these children will learn about personal hygiene, get bathed, fed,
nurtured, and start learning. The program is amazing and world class.
Ethiopians are eager to be educated!