by Melissa Joy Bush
"Whew! God gave me Africa at just the right time in my life! I was headed down a one-way me street and God turned me around (or East) and sent me to Africa!
I had an opportunity to travel to the home of Selamta in Ethiopia. From the moment we walked onto the property, the families opened their hearts, homes and hands. I was there to teach English summer camp to several students who were eager to speak conversational English. These students were on summer break, but chose to be a part of something special. They came to camp each day to learn skills/strategies that would propel them towards their goals in life. They were eager learners! I was the most eager of all of them. I realized quickly that I was the student - not the teacher. These children taught me more about the love of Christ by how they welcome others despite social, physical and economic backgrounds. They love unconditionally and refer to each and everyone as their brothers and sisters. Isn't that what we are? Brothers and sisters in Christ. They're living this message out in Africa.
If given the chance, I would have loaded each one of those sweet babies up and brought them back on a plane with me to the US. Is that God's best though? Why would I want to take these treasures away from such loving mama's who care, love and nurture them everyday? I couldn't do that to them. So... I did the next best thing. I chose to sponsor one. I did. One very cute boy named Surafel. I always wanted a boy. God answers prayers in the neatest ways!
We decided to do what the mama's of Selamta do everyday. We opened our heart, home and hands to Surafel. We accept him as one of ours and display pictures of him in our home. We opened our hands financially to help supply food, shelter and education for him. God took me to Africa, but Africa came home to us. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. God's love stretches across mountains, oceans and valleys.
Join with me in an effort to create a lending library and provide funds for English language & literacy resources for these emerging English readers and speakers of Selamta. Please open your heart, home and hands today!"
Together we can fund Selamta's Community Center and make sure our Selamta families have ALL the enrichment they need for Bright Futures.