korah. the first time I heard of this place was via the blog world. I heard and saw via video, Sammy tell his story. His story of living on the trash dump of Korah until he was 13 years old. I followed along blogs and videos and images of this place for the past year. But there was no way that I could have been prepared for what God was going to do in my heart when my feet hit the streets.
You see, Korah is a community in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia full of outcasts. It was started as a leper community 75 years ago. Now there are over 3 generations of people living there. “The name Korah came from the idea that the people in the community were cursed” Kari Gibson, aka Mama KiKi, just posted a great blog post about the history of Korah & Sammy. I highly suggest you read it: http://mycrazyadoption.org/a-boy-who-grew-up-in-korah
The hospital, Alert, that started this whole community is still there today. On our first day at Korah we got the opportunity to visit it. Here is one of the lepers making a beautiful rug. It’s amazing what they can do without their fingers. Truly amazing.
back to my trip to Korah. the first day that we stepped on these muddy streets, I felt at home.
I am totally aware that this is a supernatural moment in my life, that is so incredibly hard to put into words. How could a place full of misfit people that most saw as “cursed” be my new friends? But it was. I didn’t love them because “I should” or because “we were on a mission trip” or “because everyone else seems to” but I loved them truly and wholly with the love that Jesus gave me to love them. This has been my prayer for some time now, and to see it actually happen, in the flesh, on real children and to see it in a tangible way – it was unbelievable. It had absolutely nothing to do with me. I get no benefit from loving these precious children. I think so many times at home we do things for very selfish reasons. Even if it’s subconscious. We invite someone over to dinner, and if we are honest hope that they return the favor. But it says in the word….
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Great Banquet
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