I felt much better today...still a little weak, but I slept well during the night. We ate breakfast and then got ready to go back to Kechene Orphanage for the day. While we were waiting for Wass to pick us up, we were visiting in the living room when Chris proclaimed, " Hey Erica! I think we know that guy!" I looked out toward the check-in desk, and there stood Allen...a friend of ours from the Midwest that used to live in Ethiopia. He had just arrived from the states for a week-long visit, and just happened to choose the same guest house that we were staying at. Out of all the places to stay in a city of 5 million people...such a small world!
When we got to Kechene, we talked to the director for awhile and gave her some things for the girls' graduation ceremony. Some of the girls that live here are at the top of their class, and she wanted to have a special party for them. Chris and some of the guys agreed to go shopping after lunch for some books for the director to give the girls as gifts. They would also buy other supplies that the orphanage needed, such as new tin for some of the roofs. They hoped to be able to purchase some goats to donate as well.
As all the girls filed through the line to get their lunch and sit down to eat, we gave each of them a dum-dum sucker and a friendship bracelet. Almost every girl offered their plate of food to us, too...they were willing to share what little they had. We told them that they should eat it, as we would get lunch later. Hannah and Mekdes, my little friends from earlier in the week, found me right away and stayed with me. They asked if I was coming back tomorrow, and started crying when I said no. Oh my heart! :( I had Yohannes tell them that I loved them and would pray for them every day. Other girls wondered why I had to go back to America, so I told them that all the rest of my babies were there. They said I should just go get them and bring them all back to stay.