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A Very Good Call

Posted by Josie | March 26th, 2007 | Filed under Personal Reflection, Positive Change, Who We Are

Josie blog picture.JPG“Thanks for calling Nau, this is Josie” was how I started the conversation with a customer late one Friday afternoon, as usual. But after less than a minute of conversation, the Nau-related topic that prompted her call ended, and the real conversation with Heather began.

She has three children, two of which were adopted from Ethiopia. She described the strong Ethiopian community that exists in the city where she lives, the steps she’s taken to teach her kids the National Ethiopian language, and about the process of adopting her children. Correcting my naive perception of adopting children from Africa, she said the government is extremely supportive of the adoption process, because Ethiopia currently has thousands of children living in orphanages. Through her experience using Children’s Home Society and Family Services (childrenshomeadopt.org) the paperwork was moved quickly through the adoption process and it took only about five months to bring home each of her children.

Heather and her husband recently went to Ethiopia to meet her sons’ birth family. This affectionate, tearful group consisting of over 40 extended family members welcomed them with hugs and kisses. Being in a place where the average household lives on the equivalent of $100 per year, she said, changed her life. Dedicated to understanding what this is like, she tried to live on the same budget and didn’t even make it one week. We discussed what would happen if every person in America, or the world for that matter, had the opportunity to visit villages in Africa to see first hand how families survive with so little.

When I hung up the phone, I was left with an appreciation for the connection I made with a stranger that I could not have predicted when I woke up that morning. When I wake up tomorrow, I hope I’m listening if I cross paths with another stranger who has something to tell me.

2 Responses to “A Very Good Call”

  • March 26, 2007 at 11:29 pm | Aster says

    I was directed to this page via the Ethiopian Portal website:

    http://www.EthioPortal.com

    May God Bless Ethiopian and those adopting its children!

  • April 15, 2007 at 11:31 am | Jeff L says

    Josie,

    Good call on the insight. I wanted to extend that this company Nau, was expressed to me by some dear friends who care about the earth, it’s people and how we go about our daily lives. I have just recently stopped by the sight and well, long short of it, I used to be very consumed in my own matter of things. Saturated with the plasticity of my career, my home, my family, my car. Something snapped and changed all that. I’ll credit a power greater than myself, things have changed. Two months ago I was promoted to a position that has me coordinate all logistics for a ship with US food aid to Africa. My work changed from work for me, me, me to work for the world and though not my intention to sound self rightous, I am happier than ever to finally be part of something greater than myself.

    I have written on a post-it note on my desk “Missio Dei” (Mission of God) Beliver, non believer, just being a good human being is really what is core to us all. That note reminds me daily that it’s not about me anymore. It’s our world, our environment and how we effect others to the positive is necessary for us to be a true global village. Many critics say one person can’t make a difference in the world. You shared your thoughts from speaking to Heather on the phone and after reading, guess what, now’s there’s three of us.

    Good day and God Speed!

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