This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).

5.15.2011

Grace Center, Ethiopia




When we travelled to Ethiopia in 2008 to bring little "B" home, we spent much of our time with six other families from all over the U.S. who were adopting their children through the same agency we did, All God's Children, International. We stayed in the same hotel, ate together, shopped together, and met our children for the very first time together.


One of the couples that had a lasting impact on S and me was Tim and Cheryl Giese. They were adopting a beautiful little 2 1/2 year old girl named Rediet. We both thought at that time that we would eventually adopt an older child like Rediet, so we watched closely to learn from this couple (and two others) what this experience might be like.


I wish you could have been there and seen Tim and Cheryl interact with little Rediet. It was especially moving to see Tim- this tall and broad guy- stoop down and speak so tenderly with Rediet. The way that he treated her with such gentleness, tried to speak to her in Amharic, and soothed her when she was scared is an image from that trip that is forever etched in my mind. It was truly beautiful.


That is partly why we were so thrilled to hear, a little over a year later, that the Giese family (Tim, Cheryl, Rediet and their older daughter Ava) would be moving to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia to come alongside the work and ministry of
Grace Center. Then when we learned more about what Grace Center does and the ministry it offers to women like "Meseret" (see previous post) and children just like our sweet "B"... well, we knew that this was something we wanted to be a part of. We have been incredibly blessed since then to hear each update of what God is doing in Bahir Dar and to feel like, even in a small way, by supporting this work we are somehow giving back to the country that has given us so much.


Below is a little glimpse of what goes on at Grace Center, but I hope that you will click here and learn more!


Mission of Grace Center


Grace Center’s mission is to provide responsible care for families and children by equipping and supporting mothers in their care role, giving children every possible advantage available to grow in a stable, Christ-centered environment, empowering them to be the leaders of tomorrow through education and training.

Grace Center serves over 850 women & children.

The Grace Center for Children & Families offers…

» Day Care
» After school care
» Temporary Care Center
» Transitional/Orphanage Care Center
» Hope Medical Clinic
» Business Co-Op
» Sponsorship Program
Grace Center has over 100 employees, most are single moms who have a strong desire to work for their families. In an area where there are very few job opportunities, these women are able to work at Grace Center to provide for the needs of their family. Many of their children are sponsored to continue their education…as their children are going to school, many of these women then have the opportunity to continue their own education.

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