Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ethiopia Trip in November!

I mentioned in an earlier post that there are several adoptive families going back to Ethiopia in November on a "visions" trip with an outstanding Christian organization called Children's Hopechest.

We will be visiting about 4 orphanages that need our help - to find sponsors for each of the children and to work with them on a long-term plan (3 year, 5 year, 7 year+) to develop the greatest needs in the community (greatest needs could include a well for clean water, a kitchen and storage facility for food preparation, and eventually teaching small-business skills so that these children become self-sufficient young adults, etc.).

Sponsorship connects one child there, to one family here, to cover basic needs of food, clothing, education, and medical care. But we will be taking it beyond the basics by connecting those sponsors together into an online community - a community here that builds a relationship with a community of orphans and caregivers in Ethiopia. Eventually we will endeavor with them to expand beyond sponsorship to develop the community, and to have a small group of sponsors actually visit the kids on a regular basis - to cement relationships, to create hope and to demonstrate the love of God for each of these precious children.

For a glimpse of the last Ethiopia "Visions" trip, check out this amazing video ...

If you would like to be involved, I'd love to hear from you. Email me at kjwistrom@yahoo.com or find me on facebook and let me know.

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