When I said in the last post that we received undeserved gifts, I truly mean just that. We were benefactors of extravagant generosity. We were also tagging along with the team and so were about 1,000% humbled. Trying to write the entire experience over simplifies something that has layers of dynamics. I have recently felt voiceless as I investigate and pray through good practice on telling other's stories. For right now, the only story I feel equipped to tell is our own family's.
That aside, the parents and staff had been secretly planning two "meetings" for when the Lifesong vision team would arrive. Our first stop, we watched children and then government officials give presentations and express their thankfulness at quality schools made available. Then the rounds of gifting started.
When I heard that The Littles were going to go in front of all of the parents and officials to receive a gift, I prepped them, "No matter what it is, be thankful and smile!" For good measure I added, "If you do good here, I will give you chocolate!"
They didn't have to feign delight as they opened their gift and were given beautiful Oromo dresses and all the accompanying jewelry and were promptly dressed by women.
Next, the adults were called and given gifts.
Jon and I each were also given an outfit. Have you ever had someone help you get dressed while several hundred people watch? Yeah, first time for me too.
It was so special to see Gary and Peggy Ifft from Misgana Ministries be thanked for the tireless work they have done on behalf of these communities.
We were so encouraged by our time with Bob and Ann, longtime friends from our church.
Waiting to be fed a traditional dish. Crushed barley, butter and spices. We were instantly given water afterwards as it somehow sucks all the moisture out of your mouth immediately.
Being there was an indescribable blessing. Ceremony #2 coming tomorrow. :)