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July 8, 2013

“It takes so little to help” // Lifesong Ethiopia

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on the blog or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support! Please enjoy this update from the hearts of Casey & Mary Beth Picker, Lifesong Ethiopia Advocates, who are visiting in-country this summer… We went to the Adami Tulu school to help organize the grain distribution for the poorer school families.  Before we came, Peggy, Seble, and Temesgen had determined which families were most in need of help during the upcoming school break.  Since the students receive two meals during the school day, many of them can really suffer when there is no school and no school meals.  Enough wheat, corn, and aterkek (a kind of lentil) were purchased for 132 families in Adami Tulu.  We spent most of the day … Continue reading

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May 15, 2013

Your Sponsorship Matters. 50 kids by May 31st!

  Your sponsorship matters. Without advocates like you, Mesaye would not be able to go to school. Mesaye came to live with her grandmother, Yenenesh, when her mother died six months after she was born. Yenenesh knows that it is because of sponsors, her granddaughter is able to attend school at the Lifesong school in Ziway, Ethiopia. We are asking you to sponsor one of 50 children by May 31st! For only $19/month your sponsorship provides quality education, 2 nutritious meals each school day and Christian discipleship for one child in Ethiopia. 100% of the donation received by Lifesong goes to the sponsorship of your child. Your sponsorship matters, go to  Sponsor a child today

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May 8, 2013

Why Sponsorship? A Mother’s Perspective…

I’m excited to have guest blogger, adoptive-mama & Ethiopia Advocate, Mary Beth Picker, share in a special Mother’s Day post. Her family is actively involved in the Lifesong Ethiopia Child Sponsorship Program and plan to travel to Lifesong Ethiopia this summer for several months.  Enjoy… The first time I traveled to Ethiopia, I wasn’t traveling as a tourist or a missionary or a philanthropist, I was traveling as a mother.   So when the heights of Addis Ababa broke through the clouds and I peered through the airplane window to get my first view of Africa, I wasn’t thinking of a land or a people.  I was thinking about my son.  He was there . . . somewhere.  A little six-month-old baby who was legally my child and who needed me desperately.  I was there to become “Momma” to him.   But when I left Ethiopia after my first trip in 2009, … Continue reading

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May 1, 2013

Sponsorship: What Does it Mean to the Waggoner Family?

We’re excited to have guest blogger & Ethiopia Advocate, Terry Waggoner, share why he and his family participate in the Lifesong Ethiopia Child Sponsorship Program. Enjoy… Sponsorship: What does it mean to the Waggoner Family? It’s priceless!  Our sponsorship journey started with our youngest daughter picking out the first two kids that we decided to sponsor through my business. My 3 1/2 year-old daughter was Ethiopian born and is the youngest of 6 children. We opened up the link to the Lifesong Ziway/Adami Tulu Project and started looking at the children. My daughter, Anna Tihun Waggoner, pointed to a young girl and said, “Her!”. We looked at her name and to our surprise her name was Tihun. My wife and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and said lets pick one more child. The next child she picked was a boy. We looked at his name … Continue reading

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April 24, 2013

One Less Orphan… // Lifesong Ethiopia

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on the blog or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support! Update from Lifesong Ethiopia… Meet Beza, 7th grade student at Lifesong Ethiopia who needs a sponsor. Tragically, when Beza was only a 5th grader, she was raped and became pregnant.  Because of Lifesong she was able to receive medical care and safely deliver her son. She currently lives with her mother and brother.  On less than $1 a day making injera, the Ethiopian bread staple, she [Alemeneshe, Beza’s mom] works to provide fresh milk for the baby. They keep the milk in a thermos because they are too poor to own a refrigerator.   Thankfully, Beza is now attending the Lifesong Ethiopia School and realizes that her future has … Continue reading

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April 15, 2013

Help ONE child become ONE LESS statistic!

What would the world look like if each of us made it our responsibility to see one less orphan without an education…one less orphan without a growling hunger… or one less orphan without a bleak future of poverty?  In the next 45 days, our goal is to find a sponsor for every single child who has yet to be sponsored at our school in Lifesong Ethiopia. (Gulp! That’s a tall order! See below how YOU can help.) We are asking for an investment of just $19/month that will result in a future leader for the renewal of Africa from the inside out. Invest in a life of a child. Invest in self-sufficiency. Invest in bringing hope to one more orphan. Together we can get EVERY child sponsored! Will you help us? How can YOU help each child find a sponsor: PRAY: Join us in praying for the 587 children who are unsponsored in Ethiopia. Pray for the thousands … Continue reading

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September 7, 2012

Family Friday: “Adoption is hard…and worth it”

We find ourselves at yet another Family Friday! Please join me in praise with Greg & Charisa and their growing family and as they share the pure FAITHFULNESS God has shown them in their journey…   This adoption was an adoption of faith almost from day one!  We signed on with our agency in February and were excited to again add to our family through the miracle of adoption. Greg found out that his position was being cut and he would lose his job, along with the $5000 adoption credit his company would give. Yikes! There were so many questions at that time—where would he find a job? Would we have to move? What about the adoption? Did we hear God wrong?  We chose to have faith and believe God had something in store for us and He did! Greg was offered our job with our local food bank which … Continue reading

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