Hello to Everyone in the U.S.
The Ethiopia team made it here safely Wed. night, only 26 hours
door to door. We got some good rest and hit the ground running today
with home visits. We met up with the medical team and Andy Warren's
ARV adherence program. With translators, we went out in small groups
to visit the homes of beneficiaries in the Bole region of Addis.
This is the new project expansion that MPPC funded and that started
up in November. The people in the project are loving the help they
receive in terms of food, home visits, spiritual counseling, and
support groups. The support groups are a very successful part of
the ministry, with the women and men's groups providing a great
deal of encouragement for combating stigma and finding hope.
Here is one story:
Megbenesh is a mother of two who lives in Bole and has HIV. She
has been part of the adherence program for 3 months. Her daughter
works to support the family and has been a great help, but her 7
year old son Mentesnot is HIV positive and she is very concerned
for his health. The program helps her greatly, but the amazing part
of her story is that she has already been a huge help to others.
She found a woman named Lemlem living on the streets and brought
her to the project. Lemlem is also HIV positive and is now getting
medical and nutritional assistance. But Megbenesh did not stop there,
she also took the woman into her home and shares what little she
has with Lemlem. Megbenesh is also a woman who comforts others when
they are feeling discouraged. She also offered us each a banana
from her small store of food. Despite her own struggles, Megbenesh
is an inspiration for all of us, and the light of Jesus shines out
from her. She asks for prayer for strength and especially for the
health of her son.
Pictured here are Megbenesh and Danny, a who translated
Christen, Kristin, and Terri with another beneficiary
and her family.
Please continue to pray for the team. Pray that Katie's two bags
will arrive tomorrow night as they contain not only all of Katie's
personal items, but also many supplies we want to use and give to
projects here. Pray for our health and that we can build good relationships
with all of the different ministries here. We are also thinking
about you and praying for all of you.