- Leave for Rome on Saturday, July 12
- Go to Addis Ababa on Sunday, July 20
- Return home to Colorado on Sunday, July 27
(I think we "get" Amelia when we arrive in Addis on July 20!)
Some adopting families are working with a charity in Addis Ababa called Children's Heaven (http://www.childrensheaven.org/). I cannot ask or encourage you enough--please, please visit this website! The woman who heads up this ministry is named Hanna Fanta. She has agreed to meet us and take us to the BIG market in Addis Ababa. (What a treat, to be able to go there with someone who knows her way around!)Some Colorado families who have adopted from Ethiopia are organizing a benefit for Children's Heaven. So in addition to shopping for gifts and mementos at the market, we'll choose items that will be auctioned at the benefit this fall.
We will also be able to spend time at the home for girls that Children's Heaven operates while we are in Addis. There are forty-one orphaned girls, ages nine to seventeen, in Hanna's care. If you are able to send donations for these girls, here is the list of items they most need that I received from Hanna:
Used lap tops
English and Math Tutorial CDs/Books
Piano/Guitar Tutorial CDs/Books
Movies (dvd--educational / Christian / family-friendly)
English Songs (Christian preferred)
Posters (Christian preferred)
The orphanages we will visit are called Sele Enat and Hope for the Abandoned. The items most urgently needed there are:
rubber pants (worn with cloth diapers)
over-the-counter medicines of all kinds
Finally, here's a bit of fun:
We found some sassy brown-skinned dolls today. They were inexpensive, and hopefully Allison and Abby will meet some little girls who might like them.
There is so much to do before we leave in just 16 days! If you would like to send any of the items that are needed for the children we will meet, please let us know. We would be honored to carry them over.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.