{Meeting Moti} Ethiopia Day 4

Friday, July 13, 2012

You know those moments that impact your life and leave you forever changed? Got to experience one of those yesterday after meeting our sponsored child, Moti.



As soon as I stepped out of the van I recognized him leaning up against a fence post. My first thoughts? Why so handsome and why so tall??



After hugging Moti for what seemed like forever, I got to meet his parents and siblings. They were absolutely precious! My translator and I sat 
inside and showed them pictures of my family and friends back home.



Moti thought it was pretty cool I have a twin sister. When he finally understood that I was only a minute older he laughed.


He also told me that he wanted to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up. Not at all surprised after finding out he recently attended an awards ceremony at school for finishing 3rd in his class. #soproud


Before leaving I got the chance to whisper something very important in Moti's ear. For those who have been tracking with us for awhile know what this was. 


After one last hug we said our good-bye's and promised to continue to write each other letters. I'm so grateful for te opportunity I had to meet Moti face to face. It helps my brain box be able to picture where he lives, what his family looks like, and where he sleeps.


All photos in this post were taken by David Molnar.

May we all do our best to love and care for the orphan, the widow, and the poor. The good news is we don't have to be anyone special to do it. 

Much love,
Em & Moti

36 comments:

Naila Moon said...

This is an absolutely lovely post that warmed my heart.
I want to sponsor like this some day.
Peace...Naila Moon

Serene said...

You look like a mamma in that first pic. I cried. Makes it real how much a sponsorship is.... a world away. Lovely.

shermantheschnauzer said...

I'm so happy and teary-eyed reading this. I hope with all my heart that I get to meet my sponsored child one day! :)

nicole said...

wow. what an experience. what a moment. what a day. he is brave indeed. as are you. God be with you.

Han said...

He's the sweetest! Big hugs and hi fives to you and Moti!!

Timothy Loerke said...

Did you tell him, "You are so brave"? My heart is melting! When are we going back to Ethiopia? I hope one day to meet him! Miss you!

Tania said...

What a beautiful story and stunning pictures! This post definitely made my day, so thank you!
x

Merritt said...

Just awesome Em! So glad you got to meet him!

Meg said...

the last line? that good news? so good. best line yet! Thanks for blogging about this.

Meg

Dana said...

Both of your hearts and smiles shine the light of our Creator! This is so moving...SO good...GOD is good!

Molly Roberson said...

I've never smiled so much as I did while reading this. Moti is so handsome. You. Met. Moti. I can't get over it. I'm so encouraged. Thank you for writing Em. Love you.

Vic said...

what a day that must have been.
I'm so proud of you, sweetie. Keep on doing the great work that you were destined to do.
And, odd as this sounds, you look a lot like Issy in some of these pics!
;-)
Love you!

Allison said...

wow what a life changing day! I hope one day to meet our sponsor child too. I am sure it was just as meaningful to him to actually meet you in person!

sarah richmond said...

tears tears tears*

you. met. moti. is. right* (and moti met YOU!)

so much good, i love that moti and his family have become a part of ours! your love is inspiring, big and full of life!

ps. the picture of your flippers next to moti's? pretty much precious. my heart is still swelling!

huggers to moti from your minute little twinner*

xoxo

SarahP said...

can you let Moti know that when he grows out of that Ash Ketchum shirt...i'd very much like to sport it. how do you translate "dibs!" ? ;)

so excited you got that hugely valuable time with him and his family!

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Shae said...

Amazing. Beautiful. You have a lovely soul and huge heart full of life! I hope to meet you one day so that I can whisper what a blessing you are. Thank you for sharing your world with us and touching our hearts.

May God continue to bless! Be safe!

Tara said...

Precious! I want to meet our sponsored kiddos in Uganda someday. I think it's really special that Moti has a mom AND dad. Love that he wants to be a mechanical engineer.

Robyn said...

Fantastic ! Both you and Moti look so happy to meet eachother

Becky said...

I'm not sure whose smile is bigger--yours or sweet Moti's. What a wonderful experience! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

Sara Laverty said...

This is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing these precious moments.

dhhargrove said...

Pic 1 has to be the best I have EVER seen! The image itself is great but it is the heart and the soul captured within that danced through the door of my heart this morning. Simply. beautiful.

Mary said...

SUCH a good post. What an amazing experience to form such a meaningful relationship from such a simple thing. Hope the rest of your trip is just an cool!

Chantel said...

This is so sweet! My husband and I were able to meet one of our sponsor children in February in Uganda -we had such an incredible time getting to know him.

Sukaina said...

No....you are wrong. You DO have to be someone special to do somethin special like this....and trust me, there aren't enough special people like you around. You ahve a heart of gold. As a fellow African (I'm from Tanzania), I kwow first hand how much this means to a family back home. Glad to have found your blog.

thifani said...

*tears* so precious! =)

Sukaina said...

No....you are wrong. You DO have to be someone special to do somethin special like this....and trust me, there aren't enough special people like you around. You ahve a heart of gold. As a fellow African (I'm from Tanzania), I kwow first hand how much this means to a family back home. Glad to have found your blog.

girlseeksplace said...

This was a great start to my Monday! I'm so glad you were able to meet Moti.

Molly Stark said...

What beautiful photos capturing beautiful moments. YOU are so brave, and you inspired me to sponsor a child! :)

Candace said...

I have just stumbled upon this blog and I am so excited that I did! I cannot wait to go through this especially all your wonderful marriage advise - bring it on!!
Thanks for your words and insights, I cannot wait to adopt a few of them myself!!
Much love and be blessed, Cands.

EmLoves said...

Em, this is awesome. So encouraged. I pray that God provides the opportunity for Brent and I to meet our sweet sponsored child, Tabita, someday! Praying for you all! Love.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Lorke, You made me cry this morning. I am grateful. SF Fan

Caroline said...

Em, that first photo of you and Moti hugging is so incredibly sweet. It warms my heart so much. Such an incredible story of you two meeting each other and coming together.

dhhargrove said...

I dont know how I missed earlier, but I just noticed the signature...thank you BOTH!

dede said...

Pretty sure the picture of you hugging Moti (the first one) is my all time favorite...I love the expression of love and hope on your face and the big smile on his...once again...you have inspired me...thank you!
Be God's!

paola crane said...

So, I just have to thank you so much for your blog. I found it the other day in pinterest and I can't stop reading you post. I love all of the stories of your trip they are a great example to me.
Thanks again !

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