Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Little Ethiopian Superman!

Check out Mama Enat's handiwork if you want one of these cozy little blankets. (They come in a smaller "snuggle" size, too).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Featured Book--Forgotten Girls by Strom & Rickett

Opening my eyes to the plight of women around the world....

For those who want to make a difference in a girl's life now, this is a great place to start learning about the needs & how you can use your gifts & talents to help meet those needs. Creating awareness is the first step. Pass it on!!

"This is a moving and inspiring collection of personal stories about real girls from Asia to Africa surviving violence, abuse, discrimination and injustice . . . and the role of God's hand in turning lives of desperation into lives of hope. Strom and Rickett make the facts and sociocultural realities of their worlds come alive, and they challenge us to question our own assumptions about whether or not any single person can make a difference. . . . Everyone's help is needed to truly end this oppression and abuse." --Dean Hirsch, president, World Vision International

Product Description
Think of the little girls you know: your daughter, a niece, a friend's child.

And then think about this: little girls are tossed away every day.

All over the world, women and girls face

* starvation
* displacement
* illiteracy
* sexual exploitation
* abuse

In fact, statistics show that the world's most oppressed are overwhelmingly female.

Moved by their plight, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett took a trip across continents to partner with ministries working to help females and to interview girls in some of the most difficult places in the world.

These pages hold those girls' stories: stories of deep pain and suffering, inspiring courage, and incredible hope. They are the stories of girls who have discovered their value in God's eyes, in the midst of cultures that have rejected them. They are stories of rescue and redemption by God working through compassionate people--people like you.

These pages might hold pieces of your story as well, as the authors invite you to pray and speak on behalf of the millions of women and girls who still need to know how much they're worth. For each of the five sections of the book--physical suffering, education, sexual protection, prison and war, and spiritual life--the authors provide specific, practical action steps and prayer points that allow you to get involved as God leads.

Opening these pages will open your eyes to situations you couldn't imagine, to places you've probably never been and to young girls--not so different from the ones you know--who are dearly loved by God. And our powerful God will help us as we read, speak and pray on their behalf, that the forgotten might become free.

Friday, February 19, 2010

6 Months Today/ The Call of Christ

Today marks exactly 6 months from the day we were officially PLACED to be Gabriel's parents (called Date of Placement on our forms). Our GOTCHA DAY was the day I got to hold him in my arms for the very first time (2 days prior). I wanted to commemorate this day with a picture of mommy & Gabe on GOTCHA DAY and post another moving video I found on Emily's blog entitled "The Call of Christ". Is Christ calling YOU to step out and "die to self"? Are you called to serve "the least of these"? Check out this ministry Visiting Orphans to see where you might be used by God to do just that.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mens Cross Country Skiing: Robel Teklemariam

Although he finished 93rd out of 95 competitors yesterday, Robel is still a hero to Ethiopia! Check out this article and the following video. It's not everyday that you see an Ethiopian Cross Country Olympian Skiier!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Good News!

Dear friends of ours, who happen to be one of the teaching pastors & his wife from our church, are officially on the paper chase trail with Gladney for Ethiopia adoption!! Yea God!

Bring on the SNOW BALL effect!!