All is great!!! The people here at Project Mercy are so smiley and happy. They work so very hard every day, from cutting wood to carrying and stacking outside to again carrying large bundles inside to use inside for cooking the injera and bread. More women are watering flowers outside every morning and afternoon. More women are watering in the gardens all day along with weeding and harvesting. Just today, I had seen the head cook go to get fresh produce like avocados, swiss chard, sweet potatoes,chives,kale,etc. Looks like a new crop of broccoli, tomatoes, peas, beets, onions, cabbage are really going to be a bummer crop. The harvest for coffee and olives has already happened. We have so much been enjoying the great meals, lentil or bean soup, fresh salads, vegetables like cabbage, carrots, potatoes,etc, fresh baked bread, wat with injera, and especially the brewed strong Ethiopian coffee.
Team Two arrived and along with Team One enjoyed a great noon meal together. The room was filled with everyone exchange of communication with all the excitement of what has happened and what members expected to happen(a c-section with twins and dental work).The day started with team members leaving bringing the packed suitcases to the gathering center. After breakfast we set up for the TOM shoe distribution. Wanda and team members helped set up the stations for washing, rinsing and sanitizing feet of the children. The children would then stand on cardboard to dry before they would enter the room with their slips of papers which included their names, grade in school and previous shoe size. The shoe team then called out the new size for the TOM shoes and all were fitted. All the children left with happy smiles. Most children returned old shoes with holes in the toes and much worn soles. It was most exciting to see the children come to school the next day with the new shoes on and proudly wearing them. At this time we think that at least over 1000 shoes have been given out.
Again tonight we enjoyed the house children singing “Praise to Jesus” and “Allellia’s. This is their daily Christian Ministry.
So my Amheriac is still not great but I’m getting better. The best I can do is “Thank You” or Ameseginalew.
Yet, more fabric came for curtains for the hospital. Over 100 panels will be made this coming week. Hopefully we can complete before I leave. Thanks, also to Company Store for providing the fabric for making the drawstring bags that we are making for the school children for their upcoming award ceremony. Also the house children and hospital will be enjoying new sample “fun” colored pillowcases. I’m sure they will be appreciated by all.
Thanks for all your comments of the cold weather…certainly we are all enjoying the very warm, sunny weather here at Project Mercy.