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Welcome to our New Website!

Welcome to our new website.  Our dream is that this website can help us to share the vision that God has put in our hearts to see hope embraced in this corner of Addis Ababa among some of the poorest of the poor.   We do not step out on this journey alone, but rather in coming alongside many who are already working here in addition to the poor themselves and the many partners that we have in various parts of the world.

On the Southwest side of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a section of the city that started as a leper colony outside the city limits, eventually became the site of the city garbage dump, and now has grown to a community of 120,000 residents.   It is a place that is considered by many to be cursed, forsaken and undesirable.   It is a place that has a disproportionate number of orphans, street children, disease, unemployment, social problems and widows.  This is a place where many of the poorest of the poor call home.  It is a place where it is easy for hopelessness and despair to take hold.  Yet, God remembers these people.  Our prayer is that God will use our small efforts to partner with those who call Korah home to help them Embrace the Hope that Jesus offers for the whole of life…and we fully expect that He will change our lives through them at the same time.

Please take some time to look around our website and find some ways that you can get involved in making a difference in the lives of children and families in this corner of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  And, while you are here please take some time to comment, dream with us and join us in prayer for the people of Korah.  We will use this as a tool to keep you in the loop as well as to make regular posts about everything from orphan care to stories around Korah to spiritual formation.  We hope this can serve as a bridge to you no matter where you are living to better understand, pray for , and support those living in very difficult circumstances here.   Please take some time to join the RSS feed, sign up for our newsletter, sign up to receive prayer requests, join our Facebook page or drop us an email.  We look forward to hearing from you and staying in touch.

We’d especially like to hear from you if you are a family adopting from Ethiopia.   We feel that God used our adoption of our Ethiopian daughter in a very powerful way to put Ethiopia in our hearts and minds.  We’d love to talk with you and connect with you on one of your trips to Ethiopia to adopt your child.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.  We look forward to being in touch!

Learning Trust the Hard Way

Being out of control is something that I always find challenging.   I want to be in control.  I want to know what is going to happen.  Deep down I crave the predictable.   Give it to me straight up, let me know my options, let me know the rules and then I’ll come up with a game plan complete with vision statement and priorities for how to make this thing work.   Truthfully, there is going to come a point in time where either Africa beats this “need to be in control” out of me or it will kill me.  God has been using these challenges round the corners off of my hard edges…at least I hope that’s what’s happening.

There are so many examples I could list just from the last week where the unpredictable grabbed me in such a way that I was left floundering for a bit.  One was last week when my camera was stolen right out of my hand while I was taking a picture in broad daylight.  Didn’t see that one coming. Read More