Since sending out my support letter and sharing the wonderful news that I will be going to Ethiopia in April, some people have asked me to give more information on Blessing the Children International and the work that they are doing there.
Ethiopia has no child welfare programs. With no governmental infrastructure established to care for orphaned and abandoned children, the local church is attempting to help the children. However, with congregations comprised of people living on less than a dollar a day, they do not have resources to make a significant impact. In cooperation with local churches, Blessing the Children International created the Adana Children Center to help orphaned and impoverished children, and the community at large.
‘Adana’ in Amharic means ‘Rescue’ and BCI’s objective is to rescue children trapped in poverty in Ethiopia. The center is a multi-faceted ministry, addressing poverty stricken
orphans and communities through multiple initiatives. Primarily, this project benefits orphaned, abandoned and abused children, while offering programs and services to the
community. The Adana Children Center is a hub of activity in the community. During school hours, most of the compound is dedicated to the primary education of children. While there is limited space during the day for adult education and vocational training, in the afternoons and evenings the entire compound is available for community service programs, focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of both children and adults in the community.
Blessing the Children welcomes 10 mission trips per year, leading teams to work in the sponsorship program and the local churches in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia. Every team is involved in working in the homes of the widows and impoverished families to make improvements in their living conditions, while also teaching English Classes and holding special activities and outreaches.
The BCI Academy in the Adana Children Center, currently offers nearly 500 children an exceptional education in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The Adana Children Center has housing and kitchen facilities. The orphanage is not intended to be a permanent residency for children, since a family within their community is a healthier choice to raise a child, where they will receive the individual attention they need.
Working in the community, along side the local churches, Blessing the Children frequently encounters orphaned, homeless and abandoned children. To provide hope for these children, we have established a child sponsorship program where people from America, Canada, Australia and Europe, are providing for the needs of individual
children in Ethiopia. These children are placed with loving families in their community who care for the child as one of their own.
Currently the BCI academy is undergoing some renovations to build a fully licensed high school for the growing numbers of children being enrolled. There are things that need to be replaced due to these growing numbers (i.e the stove, the school bus).
I hope this post brings some clarity to the work being done by Blessing the Children International. If you would like to read up some more about who they are and where I will be going, I encourage you to take a look at their website
I ask you to please prayerfully consider donating towards this mission trip, and if you feel led to, all information is on my mission trip page
. If you have any more questions, I would be happy to answer them. You can contact me here
My excitement is really growing for this journey ahead and I am so expectant to see and share all that the Father is doing!