This may be a long post, but it’s a beautiful one and it has me almost giddy to share!
I know my last post may have left a negative feeling toward international adoption…please see part 2 for details: http://satisfyingourwanderlust.com/the-hard-road-to-changing-hearts
International adoption is a beautiful thing. And I’ve had the pleasure of watching this beauty unfold in the lives of many of the friends I’ve made through this emotional journey, however, their ending is much different than ours.
Even though our journey did not end as we would have hoped, God has paved a new path that is just as beautiful!
As we have waded through these last ten months, we have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know several people that are doing amazing work in Ethiopia. They are literally “the hands and feet” of Jesus! I’m excited to share about them, their organizations, and how my family is able to be a small part in it all.
Many months before God derailed our adoption plan, social media led me to follow several organizations that were working in Ethiopia, particularly with family preservation and child and family sponsorships.
I cannot wait to introduce you to them!
In June, my family had the opportunity to meet several families that have had, and were currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. Surprisingly enough, one of the ladies we met had started an organization that I followed and it sat heavy on my heart. It was like a mini-celebrity encounter…at least it was for me :). This organization is A Heart for Korah! And let me tell you, if you don’t know anything about the city of Korah, you really should look into it. It’s heartbreaking and will make you think twice about your first world struggles…it did for me.
A Heart for Korah logo. Photo credit: Tisha
What Tisha and her family have started with this organization will make you smile. They bring food, shelter, medicine, hope, love and most importantly the word of God to these people through family sponsorship! We currently sponsor a wonderful family that will hopefully be able to rest a little easier at night through this program.
Our monthly sponsored family…Meseret and her family!
While we were in Indy meeting these great families, that I’m happy to now call friends, God was apparently working in one of the couples’ hearts. Brandy and her family were preparing to bring home a precious little girl from Ethiopia, as well as helping to advocate for several “street boys” they met during their travels. They, with the help of an amazing man in Ethiopia, started Life Thru EDU, which is an organization that helps these boys receive formal education through sponsorship.
Life Thru EDU logo…photo credit: FB page
We have the privilege of sponsoring a young boy named Mohamet, who has a smile that is absolutely contagious!
Our sponsored “street” boy…Mohamet!
Back in July, our church brought the Ugandan Kids Choir through Childcare Worldwide to perform during our Sunday service…it was awesome and so are these kids. My parents were able to host three of the girls and the groups’ teacher Agnes! We were able to spend some time with them and they are precious and polite, innocent and beautiful, energetic and so full of life.
The girls enjoying a little bubble time
Performing during our Sunday service!
The girls loved holding and playing with Amelia!
My parents with the guests they hosted and Griffin. Agnes, Lukia, Diane and Brender
We loved meeting these girls and watching their group perform and praise the Lord. So, we now sponsor a young girl from Uganda. Our sponsorship supports her education. And we all know, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
Our monthly sponsored young girl from Uganda…Sheldon!
Recently a group of 4 ladies that I happen to follow via social media, got together and flew to Ethiopia to advocate on behalf of a community called Gunchire through the work of an organization called Help One Now. This organization works worldwide at the community level to seek sponsorship for children and families that may fall victim to the poverty orphan crisis. These four ladies happen to be very well-known in the adoption world and you may have heard of them, Jen Hatmaker, Jillian Lauren, Kristen Howerton and Korie Robertson.
Photo credit: Help One Now logo for Ethiopia
The stories and pictures they shared while visiting this community were amazingly inspirational and moving. So moving that we felt the need to add to our family of sponsorships. Meet Abreham, our sponsored boy from Gunchire. I fell in love with his picture and his name!
Our monthly sponsored teen boy through Help One Now, Abreham!
Although bringing our little Abrahim home was not in God’s plan for us, he sure has opened our hearts to be able to help these awesome kids and families. As well as advocate for other avenues besides adoption, which is orphan prevention and family preservation.
If you feel your heart strings being pulled toward this type of charity after reading this, then please feel free to check out these wonderful organization as well as many others out there working for the same thing…a changed world!
Here are the links to the organizations that we sponsor if you’re interested in learning more!
A Heart for Korah: http://www.aheartforkorah.com
Life Thru EDU: https://www.facebook.com/educationforallethiopia
Childcare Worldwide: http://www.childcareworldwide.org
Help One Now: https://www.helponenow.org
Thanks for joining along in this 3 part adoption series
See Part 1 here: http://satisfyingourwanderlust.com/everyone-has-a-storypart-1/