Shining A Light on the Dark Continent

She’s a Real Girl


Meeting Medina brings the home reality of how our daughters helped

Dave chats with Medina and her mother through an interpreter at the Compassion International project office.
Dave chats with Medina and her mother through an interpreter at the Compassion International project office.

Surreal is the word that comes to mind when Dave thinks about meeting Medina. “I know many of the sponsored children view their sponsors as a sort of Santa Claus. Well, for this sponsor, Medina became real when I met her and her family.

For years our daughters helped support Medina as their tithe of love to God. But like many people, when we make a donation, we trust that donation goes some place and makes a positive difference in someone’s life. But we don’t always get to see that difference.

“Seeing the Compassion project in Addis Alem and meeting Medina and her family and going to her house, showed me the fruits of my two daughters’ labor.” Dave said.

The two started getting to know each other through an interpreter while still at the Compassion project office. “I told Medina our girls were 15 when they decided to sponsor her and now she is 15. She can help someone else,” Dave said.

On the porch in front of Medina's house with her family.
On the porch in front of Medina’s house with her family.

Going into Medina’s house filled Dave with overwhelming pride for our daughters. “This was the first house I visited in rural Ethiopia that actually had a floor instead of dirt. They also had a couch and some chairs and a front porch,” he said.

The house and its furnishings “smelled like my grandmother’s house” bringing back some pleasant memories for Dave.

Medina had lots of questions for Dave about the girls and our lifestyle in the United States. Dave showed her pictures of each of the girls’ weddings. She wanted to know all about our daughters – where they went to school, what they did for a living, where they lived.

Dave shows Medina pictures from our daughters' weddings.
Dave shows Medina pictures from our daughters’ weddings.

She also talked about school. In Ethiopia, once a student reaches 10th grade their academics determine if they will continue on to the next grade level or whether they will learn a trade. Medina hoped to continue on in school and then go to college.

“I was filled with pride for my daughters. I still get emotional thinking about it. I saw the difference my daughters’ monthly contribution made to the quality of life for Medina and her family,” Dave said.

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