Friday, October 30, 2015

Mission Trip Day 5 - Sponsorship

A full night's sleep in a comfy bed is what everybody needed - and we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to go do it again!

Well - after a little balcony soccer with one of the guest house guards that is!

Today was the day we got to give a couple small (to us) but gigantic (to him) gifts to our awesome little dude we sponsor through Connected in Hope!

He immediately started yanking off his school uniform to try on his dope little outfit - he was so proud of it all!

We've since learned that he went home that night and slept with everything we had brought him. It was just an outfit, some building blocks and some books - but it meant the world to him... just like getting to spend some time with him and hug on him meant to us!

We also got to meet his mom who just kept smiling and smiling!

A perfect picture of what sponsorship looks like - mom on one side and sponsor on the other pouring in some love to our little man!

Next we were off to make some pipe cleaner glasses for the kids...

Well... some of us were!

Somebody else got sucked in pretty hard to Bisrat's world and spent the whole day hanging out with him!

Hoarding toys.... swinging...

See-sawing and just having a blast!

We also set up a "photo booth" complete with silly props to snap some fun pics of everybody.

This is just one of the awesome shots - these kids were digging it!

The Meron-Go-Round was in full effect pretty much all day!

And Z-Dogg tried to find his inner Zen through meditation on the swing...

FUNNY: about 30 seconds after this picture - he decided to let go, eyes closed and place his hands in front of him - and promptly fell off the swing on his face.

He survived with little more than a bruised ego...

We were blessed with the opportunity to help serve lunch again.

And some of us jumped at the invitation to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian lunch!

Way too soon it was time to leave these smiling faces again or the day...

Because we were heading to our other spot to spend some time with some more kids over at Kebebe Tsehay - the government run orphanage that Brighton Their World has been trying hard to support in any way we can...

But first...

Some Coke and Fanta for the ride!

We don't drink either at home - but here - it's SO MUCH BETTER for some reason...

And it got everybody smiling!

Kebebe Tsehay is super strict about no pictures or video... so we have little to show here - but trust that we played with kids, talked to caregivers and - the thing Meron was dying to do most - we held babies. Lots of them.

We also spent time in the special needs room - which is one of the hardest places I can imagine - but the kids lit up, smiled and had a fun time trying to figure out my beard!

We finished up the night by taking some in-country friends out to eat at one of our favorite burger joints in Addis!

We had a party of like 25 - and it was nice to just hang out and hear how everybody was doing!

With our energy disappearing on us after a long day - we hit the sack early because tomorrow... we are heading to Awassa!

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