This morning started off with another torrential downpour and a macchiato. It was perfect.
Then we drove 30 mi to Jiddo on flooded roads flanked by Acacia trees. Our Land Cruiser is #boss.
Upon arriving we were welcomed by these beautiful faces.
Who always come running. Most of the time they love seeing "foreigners."
Especially when you teach them how to say words in English like ears, eyes, and nose.
They also like it when you pick them up and give them hugs. LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS.
But sometimes a white girl from Texas can be too overwhelming for a rover to handle. #denied
These people are beautiful. Full of color and proud owners of things that can't be bought. #character
Owners of chickens and goats who have learned to respect the land and harvest.
They are also incredibly hard workers. Here they are working alongside of FH to build a high school.
Until now, kids in Jiddo have only been able to get an education through the 8th grade.
But thanks to FH, the government, and the community, enough money has been raised to start building.
The rest of our day was spent traveling around to different villages visiting some of the kids who are sponsored through FH. This is my friend Alysa who got to meet her sponsored child, Chereka. These types of meetings are some of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Truly. They moved me to tears several times today. I was also able to meet our sweet boy, Moti! Holy cow. Still overwhelmed by how sweet, handsome, and full of life he was. I'll be writing a separate post tomorrow about our time together. It was truly AMAZING.
Until then, know that I struggle to find the words to clearly communicate how impressed I've been with Food for the Hungry. The work God is doing through this organization in Africa and all over the world is humbling beyond words. FH has been around for over 40 years and their commitment to respond to both physical and spiritual hunger and work alongside of churches, leaders, and families to overcome poverty is truly inspiring. 1,029 kids are still waiting to be sponsored. To find out more how you can help go here.
Happy freaking Friday, Homies!