Kindergarten Education – A Family Affair

Kindergarten Education – A Family Affair

For fourteen years NewLife has offered early childhood education to sixty 5 and 6-year-olds from desperately poor families in a Mus!im village.  Pouring into the lives of these children over the years has given our case workers a warm welcome into the homes of...
Turning Grumpy Into Happy (or at least non-antagonistic)

Turning Grumpy Into Happy (or at least non-antagonistic)

It makes sense that when you do something nice for your grumpy neighbor’s child, the neighbor becomes less grumpy. You might even get a smile or a friendly hello. We have found a similar response is garnered in villages hostile to the Gospel when Christ-followers do...
Babies – Coming and Going

Babies – Coming and Going

The doors to our Joyful Place orphanage have been swinging in and out lately.  They swing in when an abandoned baby is brought to our door by the police or other government official, and they swing out when a child is legally adopted and goes home with his or her new...
Valuing the One

Valuing the One

by Joy Casey  I hope everyone working in another country has co-workers as superb as those NewLife Ethiopia has.  Abebe has worked alongside me since I ventured to Ethiopia sixteen years ago.  He has been a colleague and mentor patiently broadening my understanding of...
Sweet and Savory

Sweet and Savory

by Joy Casey Mana Gammachuu is translated ‘Joyful Place’ … and that it is.  For most anyway.  Ethiopian or American, kids generally share the same cognitive milestones, and some 5-6-7-year-olds are more ready for school than others. We have 60 children in our...
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,...