WHEN: Late Summer/Early Fall 2021. (If Covid-19 is reduced, allowing for safe travels; we ask this virus be abolished in the name of Jesus!) WHERE: Addis Ababa and adjacent provinces. GOAL: Counseling and supporting orphans, single parents, and struggling families. Focus is on supporting current “empowerment centers.” At the same time, we’ll see where God…
Our goal is to assess how she can increase her income security. The cost of a rental storefront is prohibitive and out of our budget. She cannot use her home—a mud and stick one room “apartment” in a one level row of such “apartments”—for commerce. While she has electricity, all the “apartments” share one meter and thus she could not use the facility as a sustainable commercial cooking business.
We will continually assess the situation and come up with a plan for this hardworking woman and her good-natured daughter. They need help for a step up.
We began a short-term mercy program of money for food and clothing and other necessities. But the major plan was to work with Hirut to counsel her to improve herself, strengthen her mind and attitude, and move forward into a better life. We gave her an opportunity for job training, and she jumped on it.
When we heard Belaynesh’s story and investigated the situation, we became committed to helping empower this single mother and her family of three girls and one boy. She was a seriously abused woman (broken arm, leg and teeth and psychological trauma) trying to get back on her feet.
Please keep Debretu in your prayers. This widow is in her mid-70s. She says she has had 16 children of which only three survived into adulthood, the rest dying from illnesses related to the harsh environment. Of the three surviving children, one is mentally disabled and the other two have abandoned Debretu for unknown reasons.
Vision School is a low-budget school nestled in the urban slums of Addis Ababa. It’s operated by Christ-centered Ethiopians for children who are the poorest of the poor. The school provides education and moral teachings, with a breakfast/lunch program that may be the only food the children receive during a day.
The ultimate goal is that this work would be an example to the community – a seed that grows within their hearts so they seek and save ALL lost sheep – just as Jesus did.