A Taste of Life in Soddo
Staying with the Bowers is very eye-opening. Life in Ethiopia is filled with challenge. There is still no rain and water supplies are drying up everywhere. We finally have water coming into the orphanage again by donkey. Thank you Lord! Last night I worshiped at the Bower’s home with the missionaries working at Soddo Christian Hospital. They sing praise songs and then have been following the sermons of David Platt who wrote the book Radical. He has been preaching on Galations. Last night was on chapter 5 and 6 and very good. Life here is hard. The Bowers also have a friend, who is a surgeon. He and another surgeon took out a four foot stick that was lodged in a 7 year old boy’s leg last night. He will be okay but it was a gruesome surgery.
The big crisis right now is the orphanage. Last night eight of the older children who we believed were ready for court dates and adoption, were sent back to Soddo because certain paperwork could not be provided that the international courts now require. They will probably be here for 2 months. Since they departed from Soddo to Addis the orphanage has filled up with more babies and toddlers so it is at capacity and now…..8 more children. We don’t have even mattresses for them to sleep on. Today, Stephne will hold a staff meeting. She tries very hard to have the Ethiopians who are employed at the orphanage serve as the problem solvers….but it is hard, very hard. The Ethiopian culture is not geared toward problem solving. So pray for mattresses. Please pray for paperwork necessary to get the children back to Addis to come together and overall pray for the crisis in Ethiopian adoptions right now. The head of Christian World Adoption is trying to work with the state department who will in turn work with the Ethiopian government. Thousands of children and their future parents are currently in limbo until the Ethiopian Federal government completes a country wide inspection of all orphanages….and that is just one of the problems. The orphanage in Soddo under CCC is a model orphanage but they still have to go through inspection.
On another note, life here is hard. You can feel the heaviness of spiritual warfare. Sidney Launder is getting over malaria (she and her husband Mark are the people overseeing the building project for Wolaitta Village) and two days ago, Sidney scalded her foot. They are having huge water problems at their house and need a well that will likely cost $35,000 because they are on a hill. I have been helping them think through their fundraising needs. I’ve also been able to help the Bowers sort through who will assist them in raising the needed support for the Wolaitta Village Managers home and for the completion of the entire Wolaitta Village project.
I took a tuk-tuk (like a taxi) by myself from the Bowers to the Launders two days ago and walked up a huge hill to their home for a visit and dinner and then I took the tuk-tuk home again in the dark back to the Soddo Christian Hospital grounds. You simply have to trust God for all things here. The driver was a Christian who spoke some English. So please keep praying. I am not joining the rest of the group at Sabana Lodge. I will be returning to Addis on Wednesday. We fly home on Thursday. Pray for wisdom. I am helping with daily life; homeschooling for Carmen Bower; fundraising for multiple families and projects; spiritual encouragement and help at the orphanage…….there is simply so much to do.