Day Three – Reflections on arriving at Soddo, getting ready to jump in (by Lisa Stoll)


It’s a word medical staff use when discussing the patient in front of them.

There’s about 9 Million people in Ethiopia, and on the 6 hour drive from Addis Ababa to Soddo Christian Hospital, it feels to me like we must have seen at least 8 million walking on either side of the street as we passed by, surrounded by tin roofs, roaming donkeys, and dust.  Lots and lots of dust.

I’m not gonna lie.  The need here, although we’ve heard about it through tv commercials and the mouths of our parents reminding us to clean our plates, it’s overwhelming.  Walking through the sea of patients and their families as we toured the hospital for the first time yesterday, watching all the eyes focused on each one of us, wondering why we were here, it was hard to not feel, well, helpless.  Small. Like 1 in a sea of millions.

On our way back to the guest house, I could feel that one word echoing in my heart – presenting – reminding me that I have a choice.

I have a choice during the 9 days that the Lord has planted us here to either focus on the fact that I am 1 in the sea of a million with huge, HUGE needs that I can’t possibly do anything about.  Or, I can choose to remember that I am 1, in the sea of a million, with the Spirit of the LIVING GOD inside of me, longing to use my hands and my feet to reach out and bring healing, hope, and freedom to the people in front of me.

The people that have ‘presented’ themselves.

We came to Soddo Christian Hospital knowing that Ethiopia has about 9 million people.  But at this 120 bed hospital today, we’re coming face to face with some that chose to present themselves.  And for THOSE people, HE IS ENOUGH.  For those people, because we have Him, WE have enough.

So today, we jump in.  Today, we walk out these doors together and watch the Lord do what He does.  In us and through us.  It’s gonna take our breath away at every turn.  I can’t wait.