Saturday is the day that Carole and Sandy feed, teach, play and love on the children that are sponsored through GGI.  It is only a short walk up the road from their home and on the same compound as the Full Gospel Church.  They have a few helpers that do the cooking and prep work.  We arrived this morning at about 8am.  We were greeted by some of the boys before we even got out of the gate to the house.  So we all paraded up the road to the compound where we were greeted by more smiling faces and stretched out hands.  Everyone shakes hands here, even the children.  They will also add a little shoulder bump to the handshake – they kind of pull you in and you bumb shoulders.  It’s the coolest greeting!  You may also get a kiss on the cheek or even many kisses! 


After a little playing, the kids line up and wash their hands.  Now once you have your hands washed you can’t shake hands anymore.  Instead you do kind of an arm shake or a no hands shoulder bump.  They are very conciencous of clean hands here.  They start with a cup of sweet hot tea (VERY sweet!) and a delicious egg sandwich that is made with lots of onions, garlic, peppers and oil. It’s scrambled and stuffed into a bagette style roll.  Then they wash up again – which is a quick rinse of the hands and then the older kids go with Carole to a Bible study / English lesson. 

Carole uses one of the older boys as an interpreter.  She says that even though the language barrier can be difficult that as long as she is teaching from the Word, the Word will not return void.  Guy said that many of the kids were really bright and really seemed to understand more than he imagined they would. 

The littler kids just hang out in the compound and play.  They are so friendly and happy and just want to be paid attention to.  It is so easy.  Just hug them, play with them, love them.  They would struggle to fit on your lap or hold your hand.  And then they want to touch you especially your hair.

Then the older kids return and everyone gets ready for lunch.  Wat and injera.  That really seems to be all they eat here.  We tried it just to get an idea what it was like.  Today it was made from lentils and there was a side of cabbage and carrots.  I thought it was very good.  The injera is like a soggy, grey sponge.  It was kind of weird, but it really helped sop up the wat which is the idea.

After lunch Busse, one of the older helpers, will take some of the kids again for an oromo language bible study.  And the little kids get to play some more.  Four hours of full on playing will wear you out!  We are happy that we get to go again before we leave.