We’re very happy to introduce our Executive Director and his wife, Jason and Andrea Barta.
Jason and Andrea have been married for 24 years and have four great kids, two adopted from Ethiopia through our ministry. They had a God-given dream of adopting and when their first son, Samuel, was a toddler they began the process of a domestic adoption. But when Andrea became pregnant the adoption was put on hold and they wondered… had they heard God correctly?
The year after son #2, Gabriel, was born Jason traveled to Ethiopia for the first time on a church mission trip. But God had more than a mission trip in mind. The team visited our orphanage where Jason met and fell in love with a little boy named Olit. Less than a year later, Olit became a Barta. In 2014 they welcomed Rosalee Ribka-Jo home, also adopted from our orphanage in Ethiopia, and she took her place as cherished baby sister!
In Andrea’s words… “During our time spent in Ethiopia with the mission trip and with the adoptions, we fell in love with the country, the culture and the people in it. We also fell in love with Becky and Joy and the dedication they showed to the ministry. Their hearts to follow God’s will was so evident and refreshing as we worked with them over the years. When God presented the opportunity to begin NewLife Ethiopia we were honored and humbled that Joy and Becky would ask us to be part of this journey. After much prayer we knew it was God’s will and desire for us to partner with them and launch the ministry – NewLife Ethiopia. We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives and to serve the people of Ethiopia as God has asked us to do!”
Jason owns Bottom Line Training Services in Puyallup, WA and his education,business experience and practical wisdom are a huge asset to the ministry. Andrea is busy at home with their four children and is eager to become involved in all aspects of NewLife Ethiopia. She and Jason are a close-knit team with a great deal of enthusiasm and vision!
In the months ahead we look forward to posts from both Jason and Andrea. They are an incredible blessing to NewLife. Stay tuned for updates on the rest of our NLE team! And if you haven’t yet looked around on the website, be sure to check out all we’re doing.