Well, today was...awesome! That's the only word to describe it. We had been looking forward to it, but it exceeded all expectations. We had planned a 'fun day', but we couldn't have scripted how great it turned out. All 78 of the children sponsored by attendees of Catalyst Church attended the day. We had packs of goodies to hand out to each individual child. Each pack contained toys (primarily 'Huggles'), clothes, learning aids and a letter and/or photo's of their sponsor family. The looks of amazement and joy on the children's faces after receiving these gifts was humbling.
We were able to play heaps of games, cuddle heaps of cute kids and communicate God's love to them in a tangible way. It was...awesome!
We were also able to pay for a big feast for all the children and the Compassion staff - 90 people all up. I couldn't believe the amount of food on each child's plate...they loved it.
While all the team was playing with the kids, I was able to spend some time with Pastor Belachew, Senior Pastor of the Mulu Wongel (Full Gospel) Church at which the Compassion Child Development Project is based. It was a great time of mutual encouragement. They have plenty of needs and I can't wait to get back to Australia and share some of the plans the Church has if funds are made available.
Well, Em also wants to share some thoughts so I'll say Chow for now! Off to Bahir Dar at 4:30am tomorrow morning.