General CBF


This is the second in a series of posts from Student.Go interns serving alongside field personnel and partners in being the presence of Christ to communities across the globe over the summer months. This post is from Elizabeth Stewart, a student at Virginia Tech, who is serving at Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Many years of Passport camp helped me to understand that water, and especially clean water, is precious. But I never really considered the impact that rain can have on people all over the world.

I’m not sure that this is even making the news in the U.S. yet, but right now the Horn of Africa is experiencing a pretty serious drought that is affecting the lives of millions of people. Thousands of malnourished refugees are crossing the border into Ethiopia from Somalia every day due to food shortages. I haven’t met any of these people, and all of the camps are several hundred miles away from Addis, but it really puts things in to perspective when you are only a car ride away from this kind of devastation instead of on the other side of the world.

When I woke up this morning it was pouring down rain, and honestly I was a little annoyed. That meant it was going to be cold, and my feet were going to get wet when I walked to work. But then I remembered that there were people, in Ethiopia, who would give almost anything for this kind of rain. I was reminded that rain is a blessing, and something I should be thankful for, because it really does have a huge impact on our lives.

Without rain, crops can’t grow and then there is not enough food. Unfortunately, the people of this country are very familiar with that reality. I thank God that I live in a place where my life is not controlled by whether or not the rain comes. And I pray for the people of Africa who are not so fortunate.

I have learned a lot this summer, but the lesson I am taught over and over is to be thankful for all of the things I have been blessed with. This experience has reminded me that I have a lot to be grateful for, even if my feet do get a little wet.

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