Monday, November 1, 2010

Fantastic News from Ethiopia!!

Fantastic news today from Ethiopia!!! 

We have been working with "Kind Hearts" care-point in Ethiopia for about 9 months now.  Last year, when I was in Ethiopia, the care-point was only able to feed the children 1 cup of rice, 1 time each week.  The care-point was so low on funding, they were considering closing their doors for good. 

So much has changed since then!  All 68 kids were matched with a sponsor family, who committed to a monthly sponsorship of $34 to provide nutritious meals every day, clean water, medical care, clothing, education and Christian discipleship.

This care-point and the kids have been transformed by the love and provision of sponsor families here in the United States.  In less than 2 weeks, I will be leading a team of 18 people to Ethiopia to work with the care-points and the kids.  Most of the travel team members are sponsors and they will meet their sponsor child face-to-face for the first time.

For nearly 9 months now, ALL of the children at Kind Hearts have been sponsored, the feeding program is fully established, school is open and in full swing, and capital projects to improve the care-point are in development.  I have been working with Hopechest to open the doors at Kind Hearts to more kids, so that more children have the opportunity to experience the love and provision of a sponsor family!!

We just received word that over 30 children have just enrolled at the care-point and are in need of a sponsor family!  Over 30 more children who are orphans or living in desperate poverty, that will now have the incredible opportunity to attend the care-point!!

It is a wonderful coincidence that our team will be in Ethiopia in less than 2 weeks.  We will meet these kids and spend time with them before I even have the profile information from Children's Hopechest.  (Profiles include a photo and biographical information about each child.  The Hopechest staff in Ethiopia is working on the profiles right now!)

If you are interested in sponsoring a child at Kind Hearts care-point in Ethiopia, please email me right away at kjwistrom@yahoo.com.  I will be spending time with each of the kids - and will be able to match you with a child shortly after I return from Ethiopia.

Feel free to stop by my blog often in the days ahead.  Our travel team will be in Ethiopia November 13 - 22 and I'll update as often as possible.






2 comments:

The Adventures of Caleb, Becca and Sakari David... said...

So incredibly awesome. Awesome. Will be following your trip so closely!

i'm abby said...

ahh- so cool to see this- i was just there last month, and the little girl "B" on the right (last photo) had my hand the whole time- so beautiful! can't wait to hear about your trip!