“Drink my coffee”

We recently had the chance to visit Esayas, who had surgery at CURE Ethiopia, and his family. It was an incredible day.

Esayas' family

Esayas’ family

After losing both of his parents, there was no one to help Bater, Esayas’ father, continue his education, so he began to work. He now farms and has nine children. His family lives in a remote village in southwest Ethiopia. Supporting their large family was proving to be difficult so three of the girls and the oldest son were sent to live with family members far away. Berecha, the oldest boy, comes home on weekends to help his father farm and provide for their family.

Bater farms sugar cane and prepared some to share during our visit

Bater farms sugar cane and prepared some to share during our visit

Esayas, the youngest of Bater’s five boys, was born with a small tumor on his foot. This tumor grew and soon he had tumors on both feet. Around the age of one, when any other child would attempt to walk, Esayas couldn’t lift the weight of his extremely enlarged feet.

Esayas' feet before surgery

Esayas’ feet before surgery

Esayas after surgery at CURE Ethiopia

Esayas after surgery at CURE Ethiopia

CBR, a local organization that helps children get connected to places of healing, told the family about CURE Ethiopia. After a successful surgery, Esayas began walking when he was about a year and a half old. Today, because of the grace of God, I saw him happily stomping through his home as a child his age should.

Bater holds Esayas and looks down at his healed feet

Bater holds Esayas and looks down at his healed feet

The warm smile as Bater says “drink my coffee” with the little English he knows puts a larger smile on everyone’s face in the small hut. I witnessed Jesus’ love today while I spent time, laughed, and caught up with Esayas and his family. What a blessing it is to walk!

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Photo of the Mieraf Gebresellasie

About the Author:

Mieraf served as a Storyteller at CURE Ethiopia from 2015 to 2018. She was born in a refugee camp in Northern Sudan and grew up in the U.S. Having taken a few trips to Ethiopia, she recognized her calling to return to the land in which she belonged, to serve. Photography is her passion and she loves to show the voices of children through the images she captures. Mieraf enjoys hiking, learning with children, and exploring the uniqueness that is humanity. She loves listening, watching, hearing stories through people while traveling unbeaten paths, shopping at local markets, learning Amharic, and serving cake she’s baked to strangers wherever a cake is needed.

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