Sunday, May 20, 2012

Love Is...Ethiopia. New ministry and a new website/blog

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Our ministry is called Love Is Ethiopia.  The vision for the ministry is to create a daycare center for children of single mothers in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at no cost to them.

The daycare will focus on vulnerable children, age 0-4 years. It will be created to care holistically by physically, spiritually, emotionally, and developmentally caring for these children in the name of and through the example set by Jesus. While their mothers are able to seek out work and find jobs, children will be provided nutritious meals and clothed. The wonderful thing is that these children will be back in their mother's arms at the end of the day. We feel that this will be a way to keep families together and keep children from becoming orphans. Mom is able to have work and move toward self-sustainability, while the children have a safe place to learn and grow.

The dignity of these mothers is currently being diminished as they beg on the streets with their young children in tow or take them to jobs where it is unsafe for a child to be. As a result of this opportunity, we believe the mother's dignity will be restored and her malnourished and withdrawn children will come to life.
To care for the mothers, our ministry will provide spiritually, physical, and emotional support to her as well. We will help seek out jobs, offer job/skill training, provide micro loans or micro grants to kickstart small business to provide for their family.

    • We will be resourcing the families of vulnerable children spiritually, emotionally, educationally, relationally and physically to encourage them in becoming self-sustaining families.
    • We will provide food supplements for each family as well as healthcare to each child and mother.
    • For our followers in the states, we will be offering family sponsorships to help us cover the costs in caring and providing for these families.
    • Partnering with local churches.
    • Providing jobs for Ethiopians at the daycare center.
    • Special assistance for those who are HIV+ or have special medical or nutritional requirements.
    Please click on the to learn more about this exciting ministry that God has so clearly called us to.  
    Love Is...Ethiopia

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