Remembering Birth Families

Remembering Birth Families

by Joy Casey  Driving five hours from the capital city, we arrived in the city where we are bringing all 40 of our missionaries and their wives for a much-deserved retreat. I am traveling with Dinah Monahan, her companion, Mars Pera, and our Country Manager and his...
Easter Dinner and Adoption Touchpoints

Easter Dinner and Adoption Touchpoints

by Joy Casey  I am back in the capital city of Addis Ababa.  My work in the countryside is done and now I switch gears to a cosmopolitan atmosphere with all the trappings that go with a city of 5.5 million residents.  Bad roads defined the first week of travel,...
Without Options

Without Options

by Becky Burns A pregnant, unmarried young woman in Ethiopia is in an extremely difficult spot.  She is virtually unemployable and no man wants to marry a woman with a child not his own. Living with her parents while trying to raise the child can mean shame and...
Staying In Touch

Staying In Touch

by Joy Casey, written while in Ethiopia When I travel to Ethiopia, we ask adoptive moms to send letters and pictures for me to give to their child’s birth family. Having walked through a relinquished adoption with these dear ladies and then seeing them year after...
Rescued!

Rescued!

by Joy Casey I feel put on the spot when a fellow believer asks me, “Where have you seen God at work today?”  I hem and haw and try to think of something profound.  The truth, however, is that I generally charge through my day with little awareness of the nuggets God...
Abandon a Baby? Why??

Abandon a Baby? Why??

by Joy Casey A note popped up in my inbox today telling me that a baby has been added to our Joyful Place orphanage.  I opened the email and read the details of this baby girl’s hard beginning.  I noticed her weight is low and she is noticeably weak. Attached to the...