Although apples were the idea that sparked the project initially, poultry has now taken a leading role in our plans for the farm. It is actually a dual strategy, a one-two punch, if you will. Apples are a long-term sustainability strategy, requiring about 5 years to produce significant income. Chickens, on the other hand, are […]
Since the idea of growing apples was the first thing that brought us to Ethiopia, I thought it fitting to share this aspect of the farm next in this series of updates. Apple production started in Chencha 10-15 years ago and has since become a very important part of the economy in that area. Many […]
We’ve drifted into the new year here in Ethiopia. The celebrations are over now, and we are settling into the pace of life in 2005. (That’s not a typo – the Ethiopian calender is about 7.5 years behind the Western calender). The rains should stop this week, which signals a time of wait and watch […]
I am happy to report that $39,465 came in through the Chicks for Change Campaign for the Kota Ganate chicken hatchery! The changes that I am seeing firsthand because of your giving blow me away.
“I would work more. I would do anything to make sure she has a future.” ~ Ababa’s father
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.