With our Ethiopian adoption underway, I’ve begun researching and reading about this ancient nation–its Christianity, its heritage, its history, its people, its politics, etc. I want to know whence our children will come and a bit of their background. In so doing, I’ve come across recent blog posts by Michael Halcomb and Xavier Pacheco on the Ethiopian city of Korah. As the title here indicates, Korah is a city of outcasts–lepers, prostitutes, orphans, HIV/AIDS sufferers, and others–75,000 people who live on the trash discarded by the nearly 2.7 million other residents of Addis Ababa.
In other words, Korah is seventy-five thousand people who have, themselves, literally been thrown away by society.
I encourage you to visit the Help Korah blog to prayerfully read and think how we, as the body of Christ, might come together, pool our resources, and address this horrific situation and others like it elsewhere in the world. I am still mulling this over and trying to fully grasp the reality of the situation these many people find themselves in everyday–I will definitely be writing more on this later.
Let me leave you with two videos from Michael and Xavier.
- Watch them
- See the poverty like you’ve never imagined
- See the smiles on these people’s faces
- See the hope offered by those who have realized the need
- Let your heart be broken
- Forward them to others
- Friends and family
- Brother and sisters in Christ
- Let’s make a difference