Hopeful to head back and love the children of Ethiopia!
4 years ago our lives were forever changed when we brought our son home from Ethiopia. We absolutly fell in love with the country of Ethiopia and it's people. 2 years later we brought home our daughter, they are now 5 and 2.
We knew once we left there we were "not done". Not necessarily adopting, but working. A dear friend of ours has started an organization Awake & Alive. They have started a school in Kechene, Ethiopia for the most vulnerable children of that village. Together, we have raised enough money to enroll 31 children into the school in Kechene. And now we have sponsors for ALL 31 of those children. We are sponsoring a young boy named Fitsum. My sister and her family have a young boy named Dereje they are sponsoring and my brother and his family are sponsoring a young girl named Rahel. It is in my heart to go back. To go back and love on these children as if they were our own. To give them photos of their sponsor family. And on this trip I too hope to visit the village of Hosanna where Ezra was found. To meet the woman that found her, to thank her to give her our love and appreciation.
I am NOT one to ask for handouts. I have a very hard time asking for help. I like to think I can handle whatever God is asking of me. However, I knew once we were being called to adopt after our struggles to start a family, that we were going through those struggles for a reason. As if "just" building our family through adoption wasn't enough, we were take to Africa for more than that. We are meant to BE IN THEIR LIVES in Africa for a reason.
I am willing to work and do whatever I can to take myself back to Ethiopia for this mission trip. I am also willing to ask for any donations that would help in this mission. If you're feeling led to give, you can do so at this site right here. All donations will go directly to Awake & Alive towards the cost of this trip in June. My goal is to raise atleast half of if not all of my trip costs totaling around $3000. If nothing else, I ask to be kept in your prayers. I am not 100% at ease of leaving the kids for 10 days, but we have had more than enough offers to help Ryan while I am gone that I feel good. I am most thankful for your love and support.