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Mark Wolbert checks in with our first update from Ethiopia...
Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia got to rejoice with several of our local families as they celebrated the readoption of their kids from Ethiopia last week! Joy Casey, our ministry director, was able to be at the court and share in the final step in their adoption journeys.
Tomorrow, March 6th, Joy leaves for a two week trip to Ethiopia. There she will be visiting each of YWAM's orphanages, meeting with our in-country staff, visiting with our children - both in our orphanages and in the community, escorting a group of potential supporters to introduce our outreach to widows and orphans, and making many decisions about our work in Ethiopia. Would you consider praying for her? She has asked for prayer in these areas:
Mark is also leaving on the 6th, though he will be in Ethiopia until late April! He'll also be escorting the team of visitors, making preparations for a team of missionaries from Virginia Beach, VA who will come at the beginning of April, leading that team in their work in Addis Ababa and Adama, and in between taking a week-long intensive language course to learn Amharic. Please pray for:
We can also remember to pray for their families at home! I hope to give regular updates on the blog as I get news from them in Ethiopia. Power outages and sketchy internet connections are always a reality there so we'll be grateful for every email and update! (You can subscribe to the blog to get our latest posts via email - just scroll down and look in the left column.)
Lord, we ask you to open doors before them so that gates will not be shut. You have promised "I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron." Isaiah 45:1-2
Adoption Ministry has several ways your church can become involved in supporting one of our Widows & Orphans Homes...
If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
100% of the fees we receive for adoptions go directly back into our humanitarian work in Ethiopia. The general overhead of Adoption Ministry of YWAM is covered through donations of churches and individuals who love what we do.
Click on the titles of the links below to read some excellent posts about adopting, parenting and trusting God.
Do Hard Things
Creating great expectations for our kids.
I Would Love To Adopt But My Husband Isn't On Board
Watch a video by one of 'those' husbands!
Getting prepared for the realities of adoption.
"Waiting for Him to provide. Waiting for Him to lovingly remind us, in the smallest yet most beautiful of Grand Gestures, that our broken pieces, no matter how jagged the edges, are held tightly in His oh-so-capable hands. He has given us this journey, with its brokenness and its unlovely.
He has not forgotten."