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Please enjoy this update on Lifesong Ethiopia from Gary Ifft,
Our new two-story 14-room building at Ziway
Morning flag pole ceremony at Ziway
Kids eating lunch at Adami Tulu
Please keep our precious children at Lifesong Ethiopia in your prayers as they spend their time at school.
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**New Opportunity** We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on this 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 on the upcoming school year in Lifesong Ethiopia from Gary Ifft,
Adami Tulu School
Please continue to pray for Lifesong Ethiopia and the students as they start a new school year!
The rusty old door in the fence was opened by the little girl with huge brown eyes. Maybe it was her warm coat that she wore on this hot day that hid any fears that she might have had. Did she know that her life was about to change forever?
Elshaday is a small six year old girl in the Upper Kindergarten class at the Lifesong School in Ziway, Ethiopia. She has lived with her elderly grandparents ever since she became an orphan at two years old. Her favorite subject is English and she spends much of her free time jump roping.
Her elderly Grandpa’s love for her was evident, but his poor health kept him in a bed or chair. The meager wage her Grandma makes washing clothes by hand and spinning cotton has the family still depending on charity to survive.
The Grandpa begged us to find a home for his granddaughter. He was old, unemployed and felt helpless to care for dear Elshaday. Academically, Elshaday was at the bottom of her class and the Grandpa told us he couldn't teach her things he didn't know himself. He desired his granddaughter to get a good start in life, but he knew he could never provide food, education or health.
Love made a hard decision.
Elshaday has now moved into a forever family with a new Mom and Dad to love, protect and provide for her. She is now living at Samuel’s Home, a vision project by Misgana Ministries, with nine new siblings. Samuel's Home is designed for vulnerable children, like Elshaday, who no longer have family that can care for them. She now has a permanent, Christ-following family and hope springing into her future.
Elshaday...One Changed Life!
"God places the lonely in families..." Psalm 68:6
(Thanks to Ann Meyer, Ethiopia Vision Team Member, for relaying this story)
In January of this year, child sponsorship for the Adami Tulu School in Lifesong Ethiopia was launched. THANKFULLY, of the 189 children, 139 have been given sponsorship! But, there are still 50 children that are unsponsored!
What does this sponsorship look like? For $19/month, you can sponsor one of the kids at the Adami Tulu School and ensure that they get the incredible education, spiritual mentoring and food that they need to break the cycle of poverty. Many of these kids are already orphans; all are vulnerable children sitting on the razor’s edge of extreme poverty that can rip families apart and create orphans for life. (Questions? Read the program details or contact us.)
Would you be ONE of 50 to ensure that EVERY child is sponsored at Adami Tulu School?
Please enjoy this update from Gary Ifft, Lifesong Ethiopia...
"Construction progress continues to go well. Shown below in a picture is part of the 14 room (12 classroom) Primary School building in Ziway. As you can see, the floor between the first and second floors has been poured and work is under way to lay the blocks for the walls of the second story. We are still waiting for the floor to cure, thus the "forest" of eucalyptus poles which are holding up the forms are still in place. Cutting and placing those thousands of poles is an engineering marvel, but it's the way such work is done here in Ethiopia.