We had traveled through 9 different airports, 3 different time zones, and contemplated a thousands thoughts that had been rushing through our heads as we stepped across the threshold of the BNA Terminal on Monday. We made it back. We dragged our feet to get our luggage and headed home. It’s weird looking out the window of your car and seeing people going about their lives as if nothing has changed.
As if you hadn’t just met three amazing woman who work harder than any person you’ve ever met in your entire life. All while making half the pay, just so they can live among the dirt and filth of the slums. As if we hadn’t seen the loneliness and hardships of life begging to break through the look in their eyes, past the hopeful smile that was plastered onto their beautiful faces. As if we hadn’t been humbled to the point of tears as we realized that these broken hearts still had joyful souls. As if we didn’t go visit kids who have seen more heartache and more pain then any of us could comprehend. As if them clinging to our sides with such desperation to be near us, to be loved by us never occurred. As if we didn’t laugh and find pure joy in their smiles and giggles as we played games, made crafts, and talked to them about the birth of Jesus Christ.
The world kept moving; despite the fact our hearts had been changed forever. Despite the fact that the people of Ethiopia, the stories told, the hands held, the moments that passed, the breaths taken, the words spoken left an unfaltering footprint on our souls. It’s hard to sum up a life changing experience in one blog post, but we as a team hope that in 2015 you will see the growth we experienced in our company. It’s going to be a good year y’all and it all started with Ethiopia. As always stay tuned ;)