Friday, February 20, 2009

A Visit by Our Partner in Tegrey, Ethiopia

We are happy to have to in our company today, and all weekend, the Director of Hope Community Services, located in Tegrey, Ethiopia – Gabe Beyene. Children's Hope partners with Gabe and his wife Connie to further our mission of Homes, Health and Hope for Children in Need, in Ethiopia. We are blessed to have him with us and appreciate his dedicated service to the citizens of Ethiopia, and to Children’s Hope.

This morning, Gabe shared a passage from Matthew chapter 11, verses 28-30. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." This is Christ's promise to us.

Gabe, a native of Ethiopia, had lived in New York City for 16 years. In his experience, the homeless of New York City are far more prosperous than so many in Tegrey. He acknowledged, however, that we are all burdened as humans, even as our burdens are different from one another's. It is only by giving these burdens to God, that we find respite. How wonderful that this rest is given to us freely.

This week we are happy to have referred 3 children - all boys - to families in our Ethiopia Program. The boys are 3 months, 19 months and 3 years old. Congratulations to the happy couples! Last week, we were blessed with the referral of 2-month-old identical twin boys. As well, two of our precious waiting children from the Special Needs website,, have also been placed. We are thrilled that they now have a place to call home! There are several additional children still waiting, of whom we'd love to say the same.


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