A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to attend a very special celebration honoring the academic achievements of many of our beneficiaries. It was a Saturday morning, and, in addition to our beneficiaries, the Drop-in Center’s compound was packed by the Onesimus staff, several teachers, and even some government officials. The half-way home kids put on [...]
It is so exciting to finally be at this point. When we topped the $30,000 mark last month we got the green light to move forward with this project. It seems like we’ve waited so long for this moment and it is finally here. This month has been really busy. Tarekegn, Kota Ganate’s onsite manager, [...]
This song by Tenth Avenue North is my song for Asrat. I pray that he realizes that he is more than the choices that he’s made, more than the sum of his past mistakes, and more than the problems he creates (or thinks he creates). I pray that he will find healing, mercy and grace at the feet of the cross and that he will carry no shame from what others have done to him.
What a great year this is starting out to be. To think that just a month ago I was so discouraged. We had immigration troubles which forced us to return to the US in early December. We then had more trouble from the Embassy in Washington, DC, which forced us to extend our stay. At [...]
When our heart ache and frustration is aligned with God’s heart ache and God’s frustration; that’s when vision comes and we are thrust into ministry… A number of years ago a couple of ordinary guys had their hearts broken 100,000 times over on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It turned out that God’s heart was breaking as well.
It’s so quiet here today. A group of kids came in to eat lunch and then they were off to school again. It seems strange and unnatural, but it is so necessary. Working with street children is overwhelming. Nega describes it as the hardest thing he’s ever done and he’s had some hard jobs…
I looked out after the Gospel was shared and saw children weeping. Fifty-eight people came to know Jesus Christ and more than 400 children heard the Gospel!
Right after my family’s departure from Ethiopia, Tamrat as well as two other boys in his group accepted Jesus as their Savior. This occurred close to the time Tamrat would placed back into his family, a family I knew little about other than that they were devoutly Ethiopian Orthodox.
“She looked, and we both smiled our biggest smiles. She must have known that while happy to see her, my uncontainable joy was in response to her new life.”
“Joe encouraged us to remember our “stones,” those children whose lives have been transformed through TFC and Onesimus.” – Jonathan