Plans to Return {Begin with One Trip to Ethiopia 2014}…

Last February both myself and Caleb David of One Child Campaign lead a team of 20 people to Ethiopia. For some it was a first visit and for others a return trip to a land where they had served before or perhaps adopted children. The trip was like nothing I have experienced before. The people who were brought together were beyond a perfect fit and while on the ground we met birth parents and grandparents, we met children who would soon be adopted and we spent time at the Children’s HopeChest carepoint of Chapa, a place where in the months before, we had been spreading the word about the power of sponsorship. We called it the dream maker trip. So many prayers were answered, so many eyes opened and so many connections made to those ministries in country doing great and ethical works. Many returned home with a calling to do more and a deep desire to sponsor children as we saw the benefits for ourselves and made rich connections to children who were so excited that we returned to teach, love and nurture them.

As I type there is another team of people on the ground in Ethiopia trying to deliver clean water systems to needy children at two Carepoints. They need our prayers. Their time is running out and the customs agents are being less than cooperative. The take away from all the turmoil is this. The work I do and help to lead others to is not simple. If God calls you to care for the least of these do not expect the journey to be simple, easy or straight. One trip to wherever you are called is not the end but rather the beginning. Sometimes the biggest obstacles are placed before us to test our resolve and our faith. I do know this… doing what is just and right will always prevail no matter the timeline, and no matter the outcome I am always proud to call those who serve through One Child Campaign my colleagues and friends. You all inspire, encourage and challenge me to seek and do more of what has been asked of me and to encourage others to join me along the way.

In February I will be returning as the team leader to the village of Chapa in Ethiopia. Perhaps you are feeling the nudge to join me. Over the last year funds have been generously donated for the completion of a water station and a clean water sanitation system for both the children of the Carepoint and also the local village. Where there was once a difficult pump there is now an easy access water station for children and adults alike. Soon the water will also have a sanitation system and every drop will be healthy clean water, a first for Chapa!  We will also get to see for ourselves the new latrines which will make the grounds of Chapa so much more sanitary. Lastly, we will see the smiling faces of over 300 children in school uniforms and perhaps even new shoes made possible by so many of you. I can almost feel the roof being raised right now while the children of Chapa worship and sing. I can feel their warmth, their gratitude and their hope for the future. Please consider joining me… Click here for trip costs and details.

 

Teaching the children Jesus Loves Me…
Water for all big and small…

 

His precious eyes…

 

Beautiful Chapa…

 

Peace and Grace,

Melanie Strobel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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