On Sunday we hosted this enormous gathering of local families who are adopting from Ethiopia. It was an amazing event with 90+ RSVPs. Our courtyard was full of families - many Ethiopian Children and the pastor from the local Ethiopian Evangelical Church. We ad Ethiopian Food and we made some American fare for the kids- I should have taken a picture of the food at the end of the day- the Ethiopian food was wiped clean and there was a TON of the Ziti and Mac and cheese left over! :)
We figure by next summer the picnic will have to be at a local park or something it will be so huge. Mark said it will be like the AIDS Quilt- back in the fall of 1992 we were volunteers for the
Just think if we made a quilt piece for all of the people in the world who die each day of HIV/AIDS- an estimated 9,000 people die each day- what that would mean is every 4 days we would have a quilt the size of the one displayed in Washington D.C. in 1996!
In 1992, the year Mark and I worked at the quilt in D.C., the year we were married, there was a reported 23,000 deaths due to HIV/AIDS in the US alone- that was about 64 people a day...but at that time we had no idea what was happening in respect to this disease half way around the world. No idea. And in the next few years, the number of orphans in Africa threatens to reach 20 million. A number so big- it’s hard to even begin to wrap your head around it. But you can wrap your arms very easily around a single child. And depending on how many arms you have in your family....