Showing love to poor and orphans in Addis Ababa with food

tumblr_m1mnxzA1tR1r754u5o1_500_thumbAbby and I felt led to buy food and give it to the poor and orphans in the neighborhood where we’re staying in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We hoped something simple as fresh baked bread, apples and bottled water would bring some relief from morning hunger.

We had no plan beyond walking up the street and giving food out to those we felt needed it or asked us. We simply wanted to show love.

We came to a street corner where there were many poor people. As we gave out food, we were quickly surrounded and there were more hands than we had food to give. We ran out quickly.

But when we said we didn’t have any more instead of being upset those who received none still thanked us and were smiling. They seemed grateful and joyful. I can’t describe it.

Abby and I watched people who got food then share and divide it with others who got none. As they broke bread and shared water it reminded me of church communion. It was beautiful. Even in poverty the poor are generous.

Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll is the CEO and founder of markempa, helping companies to convert more customers with empathy-based marketing. He is the author of the bestseller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale, and the B2B Lead Blog which is read by thousands each week. He is the father of 3 and orphan and vulnerable child advocate.

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