A New Baby and Frontline Warriors

A New Baby and Frontline Warriors

by Joy Casey  This has been a wonderful, full day.  I spent most of the morning in the orphanage organizing the storeroom and having old and broken items hauled away.  It was ‘spring cleaning’ and felt good!  We have one special needs little boy that will be...
Commitment and Blessing

Commitment and Blessing

by Jason Barta I was excited and tired when I awoke this morning…but first I need to explain about the afternoon the day before.  Joy, Dan, and Steven started their journey back toward Addis Ababa in the late afternoon and I was missing their company.  Miki, Zerihun,...
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...
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...