This year ♥ I have been so incredibly blessed to have a dream that I have prayed and hoped for for many years come true.
With the Father’s prompting and opening of doors, I wonderfully find myself serving on the mission field in Ethiopia alongside an organisation called Blessing the Children International.
Blessing the Children International, a Christian non-profit, was founded in 2001 for the purpose of helping children. As the BCI ministry has grown their mission has been to help orphans, abandoned children, widows and those in distress. Not only do they minister to the physical needs by providing schooling, feeding schemes and housing but they also pour into the spiritual lives of children with the Word of God to lead them not only to salvation but also into a life of servitude and spiritual growth, and I am deeply honoured to be given the opportunity to serve alongside them.
I thought that I would include some facts about Ethiopia and why I have such a heart for her people.
- Ethiopia counts one of the largest populations of orphans in the world with an estimated 5 million children as orphans.
- Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, and due to war, famine and epidemics it is also one of the poorest.
- Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school, and of those that do, 88% will not go on to high school.
So, yes, Ethiopia is a country of great need, but I also see a resilient people who have endured through many hardships. I see a land and people deeply loved by God.
During my time here, I will be helping where help is most needed. Currently, the projects I am involved in include:
- Teaching English at the BCI Academy and after school tutoring.
- Visiting the families in the area and spending time building relationships.
- With my veterinary nursing background, I’ll be providing basic care classes for the men in the community and their working horses.
- Sanitation classes
- Menstruation classes to the young girls in the school and community. This one is very close to my heart. In many, if not all, African countries menstruation is still considered taboo and I look forward to spending time with the girls and discussing this topic.
Although, I am so excited about being involved in all this and understand the need and importance of it, my heart and my desire above all else is to give of my time and myself and allow the Father to work in my own life as well as those around me. I want to speak truth in the hard places and speak life into the lives of those around me. It is my desire to ensure that these sweet children of Ethiopia know how dearly and deeply loved they are. Yes, by people, but more importantly by God. When we come to the realisation of just how chosen and cherished we are by the Creator of the heavens and the earth, well, life abounds in endless possibilities.
Currently, the funds ($2610) have been raised for the first three months of my trip (April-July 2017), but as is with all mission work, funding and sponsorship is always needed. As I continue to truth in Him as I live by faith, I do hope to extend my time in Debre Zeyit and so I ask if you’d prayerfully consider donating to make this possible. On top of the general cost, there are projects that I am involved in that need financing to make it all possible. It ranges from needing to provide the supplies for the classes I am involved with (Sanitation, menstruation etc) to having to cover the cost of transportation for the children in the town to be able to make these trips to the school so that they can attend the classes. As is the nature with all mission work, I do not receive a salary and it is wholly voluntary and so I ask if you would please come alongside me and BCI in making this all possible.
A once off donation or a monthly donation would really go a long way and if you are so lead, there are two payment options available to you at the end of this letter, namely PayPal (own PayPal account not necessary) or directly into my South African bank account.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope you come back soon!!
- To donate into my South African bank account click here.
- I have included the link to the BCI blog, so that you can get a better idea of the good work that is being done.
- I have written a post giving some more information on the Adana Children Center and the work being done through Blessing the Children International.