FAMILY – God’s Plan for Children

FAMILY – God’s Plan for Children

by Joy Casey One of my favorite things to do when I am in Ethiopia is visit families who have adopted children from our orphanage.  We have been plugging away at educating and inspiring the Ethiopian Christian community about God’s heart for adoption and the plight of...
Celebration Day!

Celebration Day!

by Joy Casey  My time at our Joyful Place orphanage was too brief, but I was comforted knowing I will be back in 10 days or so.  The care center seemed rather empty with only 13 little ones. The previous week three were adopted – two to one family — and the day...
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...