During the summer of 2012, members of the Women of Faith team visited Ethiopia to see first-hand how the Women of Faith community is impacting lives there. Over the next several weeks, we’ll share entries from our video diary of that trip.
Back to School
by Sheila Walsh
Back-to-school for my almost 16 year old son, Christian is a fairly standard procedure. His school requires each student to wear a specific uniform so for Christian that means new khaki shorts, navy blue shirts and socks that reach mid-calf. His feet grow at such an astounding rate that we usually have to go up a few sizes each year. For Christian it is a boring necessity…at least it was until our trip to Ethiopia. That experience changed him.
So many of the things he has taken for granted like a new backpack or the latest tennis shoes have become moments to pause and remember. “Do you remember how many of the kids had no shoes at all?” he asked as we waited for the sales assistant to return with his size.
“I do,” I said. “I was actually just saying a prayer for them right now.”
We paused, silent but in our own hearts lifting up those whose faces we have touched, smiles we have seen, hopes for their future we believe in.
Even a mall can become Holy Ground