I woke up this morning feeling refreshed. It rained pretty hard last night, so the animals weren't out and there were no "braw-braw-braw" noises right outside the screens. I finally got up the nerve to wash my hair in the freezing cold, brown water - it must come straight from the river.
After breakfast with the team, we headed back to Brothers and Sisters for the morning.
We played with the kiddos and enjoyed another coffee ceremony. Several women from the community, including some more birth mothers whose children were adopted through our agency, came and spent the morning with us. It was great to visit with them.
Kiersten, Ochar, and Chris:
The little boy on the right had an old bicycle wheel for a toy. He rolled the hoop along the ground with a stick.
Some of the congregation:
This woman was wearing the good old American flag on her wrist! So nice to see in the middle of Gambella, Ethiopia, Eastern Africa.
This boy showed us how to make a trap for birds using string and corn:
Yilma and Geb held hands as they walked, in the traditional Ethiopian friendship style.....
.....so Brian and Mathewos did the same. Poor Mathewos wasn't too sure about the whole thing, but by now was getting used to the weird Americans!
Ginny, Mathewos, Brian, Chris, Ochar, me, and a member from the church:
AGCI farming initiative members:
The children here are so friendly, and loved hanging out with us even though they couldn't understand anything we said.
This man was very friendly and knew English very well. It was a pleasure to meet him.
I definitely learned how to be thankful for the clean, clear water that we Americans are used to. Here is an example of the water we showered in while in Gambella. Our shower drain was clogged, so the brown, chunky water collected in the shower basin and ran over onto the floor:
When it drained away, all of this dirt was left in the bottom of the basin: