Hugs, Kisses, and Ro Sham Bo

Hugs, Kisses, and Ro Sham Bo

As most of you probably know, our trip started off in a way that didn’t line up with our original plans. We got stuck in Seattle a couple extra days before getting on our flight to Dubai due to a problem with our visas. Although it was hard, it was also a wonderful gift. I was barely acquainted with a lot of the team when this trip started. And now that I see how busy our time in Addis is, I realize how wonderful it is that our team built close relationships during those few days in Seattle.

Now that we’re in Ethiopia, I can tell you that Addis is truly a place with a beautiful culture and beautiful people. Not just the wonderful staff and kids at Elevate Orphan, but everyone, is so kind and friendly and hospitable. The number of times people I didn’t know have come up to me and shook my hand and introduced themselves to me and then went about their day or played rock paper scissors with me through a window at a restaurant (which happened during dinner last night) is more then I would’ve ever guessed or imagined. They hug and kiss cheeks and show their love for each other in such a close and intimate way. And I love it.

There is a little girl at Elevate Orphan who embodies this love in such an amazing way. Her name is Danawit, she was adopted from the goverment orphanage during COVID, and she is a very cuddly little girl. She will give hugs and kisses and will rub your cheek and be held and it is such a beautiful thing to see.

This closeness that I have experienced during this trip and in this country has had a great impact on my heart and I want to spread that love unapologetically wherever I go.                                                                 

“Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9

– Love, Jane

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