In 2007 our adventure in Ethiopia was launched with a diligent effort to improve the living conditions of 23 orphans in an extremely poor orphanage in the town of Nazaret. That experience prepared us for our next step – opening a care center that uniquely addressed the needs of the fatherless and the elderly. While international adoption was allowed in Ethiopia, NLE placed 138 children into forever families in the U.S.
Today, working hand-in-hand with Ethiopian and American churches, we tenderly care for abandoned children brought to us by the government until they can be legally adopted into a strong Ethiopian Christian family.
In addition to orphan care/in-country adoption, NewLife Ethiopia works in some of the most difficult areas of Ethiopia sharing the liberating Good News of Jesus Christ with unreached people. NLE encourages indigenous churches and provides training for leaders and new converts.
Meeting practical needs of village people through community development is a huge encouragement to people living in impoverished, rural towns. Early childhood education and literacy programs, building houses, providing animals and oxen for sustainable income as well as food distribution in times of drought are a few of the ways NewLife missionaries are integrated into village life.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Offering new life in Christ through evangelism to unreached people and family permanency through adoption for abandoned children in Ethiopia.
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
NewLife Ethiopia associates its outlook with that of the Lausanne Covenant, not just in theology but also in framing our understanding of the nature and scope of the Great Commission.
OUR CORE VALUES
We strive to be honest and consistent in words and actions.
2 Corinthians 8:21 ~ For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
We believe each person is made in God’s image, which directs our outreach to abandoned children and to unreached people in the communities in which we serve.
Psalm 82:3-4 ~ Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
We believe that God intends children to be in families. This is God’s plan for those He created so that Godly values are passed from generation to generation.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ~ You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
We are responsible with the resources our donors give us, recognizing they are God’s gift and provision and not our own.
Matthew 25:21 ~ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’
We are called to take the Good News into all the world in Christ’s authority.
Matthew 28:16-20 ~ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.