Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I hope this helps!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Through this program they receive counseling, prayer support, hygiene and daily care instruction, daily meals, and a hair styling school.
Because of your financial and prayer support these women are able to discover their God created identity and begin to see what their worth in Jesus is. Just $50 a month supports the needs of one of the women in our program.
There is one thing that sticks with me the most about this group of women. Even though there have probably been times in their lives that they haven't felt all that beautiful, maybe even felt worthless or shameful, they are now choosing to learn to be able to make other women beautiful!!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Andy, Hannah, and Elijah Brown - Zebra from Ethiopia
Tim and Jina McCormick - Coffee from Gobena
Lauren Lebsack - Scarf from Ethiopia
Kristy Paulson - not-for-sale-yet Eyes That See t-shirt
Congratulations to our winners!!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Thank you to all of you for your wonderful support and encouragement to Eyes That See.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
1 lb of Fair Trade organic Gobena Ethiopian Coffee from our friends at Gobena. Please check them out to see the good things they are up to!
There's still time to get in on this gift - Thursday (Thanksgiving) is the last day to enter!!!
Thanks to the many of you that have already sent us your information. We are so glad to have you be a part of Eyes That See.
We are at the point now where the kebele (sub city in Addis) is pleading with our staff to take more students in sponsorship. The need is so great, and we are feeling led to take this step of faith. The difficult part, of course, is that this costs more money. It would cost about another $1,000 a month to bring in more children to this project.
At the same time, we are feeling that in the next few months it is time to open our second project within Addis. We will spend time describing this in the next week on this blog and in a newsletter. What we are asking is that you would join us in prayer for these projects. Pray that God gives us courage to believe the funds will be available to care for His people. Some of you will be led to give towards these projects. Some may be called to support monthly, while others will be led to give a one time gift either now or before the year's end. If that is you, please take courage and believe that He is faithful. We are praying that God will provide richly in these last six weeks of the calendar year so that the needs of His students and women are met. If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for everything friends. We are honored to journey this together.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Last September I went to Ethiopia. Many of you sent money along for our first project. When I got there, rooms had already been worked on and were looking pretty great. At the same time, I remember standing there thinking, 'I must be crazy. Why do you have us doing this God? What will really come of it?" I was standing looking at rooms like this trying to imagine ministry happening.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As an incentive we are giving away 4 prizes to 4 randomly drawn names from our data base!!
One of the prizes will be the first-ever-not-even-for-sale-yet Eyes That See T-shirt!!!
Entry deadline is Thanksgiving Day!! Drawing will be on Black Friday.
Thank you for your support and interest.
Please send info to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can imagine what this means for these ten women. They are given a new beginning. They have children, no husbands, and what looked like a hopeless future just got brighter. They are learning to care for themselves. They are able to learn a trade. At the same time, they are given the support of nine other women walking through similar situations. Most of these women are orthodox, and are now hearing the Gospel for maybe the first time. Please be praying for these ten women. Pray for God's mercy on their life, His protection over their families and His favor on their new direction.
Friday, November 12, 2010
|Meskerem enjoying the first day of Project 1|
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It's an event that is hosted at our church, Southeast. This is how they describe it.....
Each year the GMHC connects health care professionals and students with one another and other mission workers,agencies, non-profit organization leaders, and ministers. Through main sessions and breakouts, the conference provides information and training.
GMHC is the largest gathering of its kind. The conference is designed to encourage all believers with special worship and prayer times intended to strengthen connections to God.
We are so excited to have the chance to experience this event. Maybe next year Eyes That See can be a part of it. Please pray for God's favor during this conference.
Thank you for your support!
|Rekik is benefiting from the tutoring at Project 1|
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
|Natnael trying not to smile|
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
|Hermela posing for a photo|
|Helen enjoying Project 1|
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
|Emebet posing for photo after school.|
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
For just a moment, I want to tell you about the mail I received yesterday. There is a sweet girl in Altoona, Wisconsin who has a desire to see the people of Ethiopia. At her grandmother's thrift sale Reagan had a lemonade and cookie stand. She worked all day telling the customers about the people in Ethiopia that she was working so hard to support. Some people responded generously. Others walked away, but for everyone who went to that thrift sale, they were given the opportunity to see God's Kingdom at work in real ways. Reagan sent the money she raised along with a sweet note that will go to the students at Project 1.
Thanks for inspiring me, Reagan. We really love you and your family!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
|Addisalam smiling for his friends.|
Monday, November 1, 2010
I've wanted to share Tigist's story with you for a long time and I had every plan on doing it until now. When I sat down to write her story I just couldn't do it. It just didn't feel right. Maybe someday I will be able to, but now is not the time. I felt like having you see Tigist as who she is... a child of God and not seeing her as her past. So many times a person's past becomes their identity. We see this often with our work in Ethiopia. A poor choice or an unavoidable circumstance becomes the label these individuals live with forever. Slowly over time sometimes they believe this is all they can be.
I'm personally quite passionate about not allowing one's past to define them because I, like many others, have parts of my history that aren't that pretty to think about. If I would have allowed those yucky parts to define me I would be no where near the person I am today. I would feel worthless, unlovable, and not useful in God's kingdom. But thankfully, because of Jesus and His amazing love, He has redeemed my story.
Through Eyes That See, redeeming one's past and putting a new mark of God's child on them is exactly what we are praying to do. Our hearts are desperate for you to have Eyes That See your neighbor, the family across town, or the young mother in Ethiopia as exactly who they are - children of God.
So it isn't her whole story but for now here's a little bit about Tigist:
Name: Tigist Girma
Position: Cook and Cleaning
Family Origin: Oromo
Experience/Education: Completed Grade 10, Nanny, and teaching children
Dream for Ethiopia: She is praying for the country to be restored
Favorite Food: Injera
Favorite Color: White
Prayer Request: That her life as well as her son's life be restored!
|Abraham on our first day.|