All Spiffed Up

All Spiffed Up

Over the summer, classrooms were repaired and painted. The lunchroom was enlarged and now all 60 kindergarten children can eat at the same time. New uniforms were purchased. School supplies provided. Sounds pretty typical for the beginning of an academic school year,...
Once upon a time…

Once upon a time…

by Becky Burns Every story begins somewhere but for the abandoned babies at our Joyful Place orphanage, we simply don’t know the details of how their stories began.  The orphanage staff have to estimate how old each one is based on developmental and physical signs. ...
Precious New Babes

Precious New Babes

In the last two months we have received several new babies at the Joyful Place orphanage in Shashemene.  All were found abandoned – near a fence, outside of a health clinic, by a mosque or in a church yard. Most every one needed immediate treatment at the hospital for...
Hats Off to Kids

Hats Off to Kids

Don’t you just love it when kids get involved?  Their enthusiasm and can-do attitude infects their parents, their church, their community. Calvin, adopted from Ethiopia, heard about the need for formula in House of Joy orphanage, especially preemie formula that is...
Rejoice With Us!

Rejoice With Us!

Two-year-old Yerosan has spent all but the first four months of his life at our Mana Gammachuu (Joyful Place) orphanage.  He was found lying on the ground near a school wrapped in nothing but in a towel and was brought by the local MoWA (Ministry of Women’s Affairs)...
Short But Sweet

Short But Sweet

Girma and Alemitu are a happily married couple who have a dairy farm and small shopping center in Shashemene.  What they didn’t have was a child.  They love the Lord and prayed for a son or daughter to love and raise.  After talking with Eyerusalem, the nurse at our...