God’s Fingerprints

God’s Fingerprints

by Joy Casey There is just nothing like a newborn baby.  So helpless, so soft, so … new.  When I was at the orphanage a couple of months ago, I was drawn to an exquisite baby girl named Biftu.  She had just come to us after an off-duty policewoman found her on a...
Our Father’s Heart

Our Father’s Heart

Kubsa’s story began with trauma and separation, but he is now enveloped in the loving care of a mom, dad and three big sisters.  His new name is Samuel.  He has a miracle story of how God saw him left outside a church, how he was rescued and placed in safe place, and...
A Future and a Hope

A Future and a Hope

by Joy Casey When a child enters our orphanage the staff sends us a report telling about the child – where he or she was found and by whom, the condition of the child and all vital statistics.  This report is accompanied with a picture or two.  Then we get updates and...
A Joyful Place! – Day Six

A Joyful Place! – Day Six

by Joy Casey Our orphanage director and nurse arranged a meeting with the Mayor of Shashemene, Awoke Yirdaw, so at 9 a.m. we stepped into his beautiful, spacious office.   He is a Christian brother and graciously listened to each of us explaining the purpose of our...
Children Are a Heritage From the Lord

Children Are a Heritage From the Lord

by Joy Casey  It’s late and I am tired.  The flight from the U.S. had a few hiccups this time around leaving me with four hours of sleep before driving to our orphanage today.  I just took a cool shower.  It was cool partly because I am hot and sticky and need to cool...
Unto Us A Child Is Given

Unto Us A Child Is Given

by Joy Casey  When I ponder the responsibility God has given us to meet every need of abandoned babies placed in our Joyful Place orphanage, I am sobered.  With grave economic instability in Ethiopia and people tightening their belts here at home, a wee bit of anxiety...