Metu receiving gift

Rewards Day!

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 a skit.  We heard encouraging words from one of the local government officials and several of the Onesimus staff members. Soft drinks and special cultural bread were served, and gifts were given to the top academic achievers. Fifteen boys and girls ranked in the top 10 of their classes – not bad for a bunch of former street kids. Several of the students were first in their classes. Tamrat received special honors for actually being first from his entire section.  Everyone had a good time at the celebration.

I hope that you enjoy the pictures below and will join us in celebrating the special achievements of this very special group of kids.

Tamrat with gift

Noaye with gift

Metu receiving gift

Fikadu receiving gift

Fekede receiving gift

Desse with gift

Beneficiary with gift

Halfway home kids doing drama

Bezyu and Eldonna dressed to impress



Jonathan and Jess Bridges

We are Jonathan and Jess Bridges. In 2006 we felt God’s call to join the work that was already being done to help the orphans and street children of Ethiopia through The Forsaken Children. Prior to this call we never really thought that we would do international missions. Jonathan made the leap first and traveled to Ethiopia in January 2008 to make preparations for our visit as a family in May. That summer we were exposed to the beauty and despair that is Ethiopia. Throughout our three month trip, we could see God’s hands at work and His invitation for us to come to Ethiopia long term. Today, we are living in Ethiopia as a family of four (son, Dawit and daughter, Carter). As The Forsaken Children's Sustainability Coordinator we are investing in the work being done to make TFC's on the ground efforts and ministry sustainable from within Ethiopia.

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Comments 7

  1. Mrs. McGoo

    WOW this makes my heart smile with true gladness! Amazing and beautiful. LOVE seeing their faces and hearing how well they are doing. Academics are truly so important, especially in Ethiopia! Encouraging success academically not only helps keep the children in school and off the streets, but also lays the foundation for a future beyond.

    LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing! YAY! :)

  2. Renee Cheezem

    What an amazing testimony to the power of love and hope! I know that Nega and all the staff are beyond proud of these kids. Best good news of the day. :)

  3. Chad and Michelle Timmons

    That picture of Desse is priceless!!!
    Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!
    So blessed to read this post and see these photos today!!

  4. Michelle Honnen

    so proud of each one of the kids! Absolutely amazing! There is nothing our God cannot do!

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