A few nights ago, I felt the pain of a struggling mother in Ethiopia. I asked some new friends I had made from our Dental Webinar Series. “Please find me a one mother weeping as she struggles to fend for her family” I requested.
It took a couple of days and Eleni, a dental student in Ethiopia, took the risk of going out to the byways to find one woman. Most people are indoors because of COVID 19. After 3 days of search , Eleni brought news that she had found a woman toiling to raise 3 children. She also heard of her neighbor’s plight.
We were moved to raise help for 2 hurting families. We heard about their stories from a friend . Eleni went and bore witness to their plight. It was really heartbreaking to hear them talk about their lives. We could feel their pain and struggles even before words were uttered! Both ladies were raising their children by themselves as husbands were abusive, mentally unstable and chronic alcoholics. Both mothers took on any menial job like selling corn or hot potatoes in the street. From their daily toil and people’s hand out , they provided food and shelter for their families. There were days they went without food .
Eleni was desperate to find help. Healing Hands Health Society was willing and happy to make them beneficiaries of our COVID relief project. The good people of Ethiopia were willing to help with clothes or any other means they could. So we were able to provide them a month of food supplies and a payment of their rents for each family !! We want this to be as regular as possible and we hope we can do so much more. We heard their stories and took action. Let’s be there for one another ! One family at a time.
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I first visited Ethiopia in 2010. I left East Africa to always return to be a blessing. I saw starving children. I saw first hand girls that had been rescued from sex trafficking. I saw a family living in less than ideal setting. I went into the hut. I saw a fireplace and nothing else and the child was lying on the bare floor on a sack. I had to get Lena Beale to get me her most favorite blanket. She had no reason to hold back
I see a generation Rising up to take the place With selfless faith, with selfless faith I see a near revival Staring as we pray and seek We’re on our knees, we’re on our knees