Sunday, January 22, 2012

Most Importantly - They Have Hope!!

Just before we travelled to Ethiopia in November to work with the kids and staff at our Children's HopeChest CarePoint - Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory - we got exciting news that about 80 new children had just enrolled!!!  About 40 at Kind Hearts and 40 at Trees of Glory!!!

ALL of the new children have been matched with a sponsor family except for 1 little girl at Kind Hearts and 11 children at Trees of Glory.  We also have a travel team that will be visiting both CarePoints in March and they have volunteered to deliver a care-package to each child from their sponsor family during that trip!!!

It would be wonderful if ALL of the kids got a package from their sponsor family - and we only have 12 children that have not been matched with a family.

Sponsorship is $34 per month, and provides nutritious food, clean water, clothing, medical care, education and Christian discipleship for one child.  You can write letters to your child throughout the year - and I travel to Ethiopia each November with a team of volunteers to work with the kids.  Throughout the year, we occassionally have volunteers teams who are willing to deliver packages.

If you have been thinking about sponsoring a child, please contact me at kjwistrom@yahoo.com to be matched with one of these precious kids!!! 

Two years ago, we started working with 68 destitute and malnourished children at Kind Hearts, and today we are serving nearly 300 kids between Kind Hearts and Trees of Glory CarePoints. 

There is no question that sponsorship has changed these kids' lives - not only are they getting the food, clean water and medical care they need to grow up healthy and strong, they are getting an education that they normally would not have the opportunity for (orphans and children from destitute families cannot afford an education and so the vicious cycle of poverty continues).  And perhaps most importantly - they have HOPE for their future as they see the love of their sponsor family and the love of their heavenly Father in action.

Eyerus is 10 years old and just enrolled at Kind Hearts CarePoint. 
Eyerus is now sponsored by the Meiresonne family.


 Mebrat is 8 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory. 
Mebrat is now sponsored by the Sale family!!



Belaynesh is 11 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Belaynesh is now sponsored by the Rodelius family!
 

Tadelech is 7 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Tadelech is now sponsored by the Ahlf family.
  

Fantaye is 9 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Fantaye is now sponsored by the Griffith family!
  

Hana is 8 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Hana is now sponsored by the Treat family!
  

Konjit is 8 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Konjit is now sponsored by the Harbaugh family!
  

Mekdes is 8 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Mekdes is now sponsored by the Miller family!
  

Tesfaye is 12 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Tesfaye is now sponsored by the Dieter family!
  

Dirbe is 10 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Dirbe is now sponsored by the Lodermeier family!
  

Zerihun is 9 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Zerihun is now sponsored by the Wondra family!
  

Mickiyas is 11 years old and just enrolled at Trees of Glory.
Mickiyas is now sponsored by the Holt family!


If you are interested in sponsoring one of these kids, please email me right away with the name of the child you would like to sponsor.  I will then send you their information and instructions on how to register as their sponsor.  You can also send a care-package to them with the volunteer team that will be in Ethiopia in March!  Please email me at kjwistrom@yahoo.com


And if you wonder if sponsorship can really make a difference for a child, here is just one example of a child whose life has changed dramatically through sponsorship!!

 Nearly 2 years ago, Mentesenot started attending Trees of Glory. 
Both of his parents had passed away and his aunt could barely provide for him. 
The CarePoint director, Simret, lovingly took him under her wing
and not only provided for him but nurtured his grieving heart. 
When I first met Mentesenot, he was not talking and would not interact with anyone. 
He was a sad, lonely, malnourished, broken-hearted little boy.

This is Mentesenote today - I took this photo in November - as he received
a care-package from his sponsor family, the Primeauxs.  He was wiggling with
excitement as he awaited his turn to receive his package and he chatted happily
with his friends.  He has a quick, confident smile and a sweet, hearty belly laugh!


1 comment:

Christin said...

I am enjoying your blog very much! We are like hearted people! We are cofounders of an orphan ministry team at our church and we are just in the beginning stages of joining with Hope Chest in Ethiopia. We are planning on traveling for our vision trip in May..we are so excited. Your pictures and stories are very touching. It makes me excited about what is to come with our ministry! Thanks for sharing
Christin Lites
DTE 8/12/11
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