All of us travelers got to spend some time with our sponsored child in their own home, ask questions about their life, learn about their family, and just get a feel for what day to day life is really like for them. So cool and awesome but also super nerve racking, at least for me. I struggled all week with what I should say, what questions to ask, what to say in my prayer for them, etc. I didn’t want to disappoint them in any way or not measure up to what they hoped I would be, so my nerves continued to build.

My home visit ended up being the very last one of the trip and I cannot even put into words how amazing it was. When we walked in, Sumya’s mother had their home all set up for us. She had spots set up for us with coffee and popcorn to snack on. And she even had a gift for me! (It was the beautiful scarf I am wearing in the picture) Conversation was super easy and to my surprise her mother even spoke English fairly well so we were able to talk without the translators help for the most part. Sumya and her brother were giggling hiding under the covers as her Mother told us about her and her husband’s work, the kids, and their daily lives. She even pulled out the letters I had sent prior and said that she keeps them all.

She said some of the kindest words to me before I left and I will never forget how warm and welcoming she was. The nerves turned out to be completely unnecessary because that home visit ended up being one of my very favorite parts of the trip and will be special to me forever.

I can remember the feeling of fullness I had walking back to the bus afterwards and not being able to keep a smile off my face. I am SO excited to get back to Ethiopia someday and wrap my arms around that family again and tell them how much they mean to me.

My life has surely changed forever and God has worked in my heart in countless ways since the trip. I feel so honored to have been able to meet so many amazing people in Ethiopia. I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am for those ten days, the beautiful 151 kids in Aware, and everyone involved at the care point.

My heart feels so full thinking back and I can’t wait for more memories to be made someday!

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