I lead a team of volunteers to Ethiopia annually in November - if you are interested in joining next year's team, email me at email@example.com or be sure to follow this blog for a first-hand glimpse of our time in Ethiopia. The kids at Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory know we are coming, and they are looking forward to our visit with great anticipation!
One of the highlights of our trip, is when we personally get to deliver a care-package to each child from their sponsor family. I cannot fully describe the emotions that play across each child's face when they receive a tangible gift from the family they have received letters from, who they know is praying for them, and who is providing for them so they are able to attend the care-point! It's one of the most joyful, emotional and humbling experiences - second only to watching a sponsor family actually meet their sponsor child face to face!
Meet the members of our 2011 Ethiopia volunteer team:
Juree from CO ~ "This will be my first time in " , let alone in . I have been wanting to visit Ethiopia ever since I began sponsoring a child four years ago from Ethiopia. However, now that I work for Children’s HopeChest, the time has now come. I am traveling to Ethiopia for many reasons, however the three most important reasons for my travel are: to meet the field staff that I work with on a daily basis, to see the transformation/effect that HopeChest has on the partnering locations and communities that our ministry is tied to, and to meet the children who are at the center of our work –the reason for doing what we do.
"The Lord has pressed it upon my heart for a long number of years to travel to and I am finally being obedient to that! I know He has great things to teach me and those around me upon my return and my prayer is to bring a flame back with me to set on fire the hearts of the people around me for those living in poverty."
Micah: " I would like to go back to Ethiopia (adopted in 2010) to play with the kids who are there. "
"Elli: "I love to love on kids and when I go to , I feel like I'm really doing that. After I get back from being in ET, I feel mission minded."
Mike:"We have 5 kids adopted from Ethiopia. As a family, we want to be continually serving children and the children of Ethiopia are heavy on our hearts. We are excited for Micah to return to Ethiopia and serve and share the love of Jesus with the kids there."
Kael: "This is a good opportunity to live what we believe."
Janika: " I would like to go to Ethiopia to help out, by building things and playing with kids."
Ethiopia because I believe God has moved me to do so. For a few years, I know God has been working on my heart pushing me towards something. I'm not sure I can even articulate fully why I'm going, but I know I'm supposed to. And I must be obedient. I know I need to see the faces of the oppressed up close and personal, and I know God has a plan far bigger than I can comprehend. "
Shanyce from AR ~ "I am going tobecause I strongly feel that God is calling me to be His servant by providing for these children at the orpanages. I have always had a heart for kids and I firmly believe that before you can minister to someone, you have to meet his or her physical needs in order for them to listen to the great message of Christ! So this trip is a way for me to put that into action, to provide for these kids and to show them that someone loves them, is praying for them, and is caring for their needs."