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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hope in Pictures

Here we are at the Hope for the Hopeless property. L to R Akliliu (Aki) our awesome driver from Ethiopian Guest House who became a very good friend, Jen, Julie, Fikadu the director of Hope for the Hopeless in Addis, the construction manager, Mark. We prayed over the land and the construction looking forward to the day when the children could be living there. Notice the doors and windows thanks in large part to the benefit concert held in Phoenix! There's more work to be done but they are making strides.

Jen and Hanok. This guy's super bright and instantly endears himself to everyone he meets. His English in impressive and made for some great conversation. He's such a leader amongst the children. They all look up to him.

My buddie Kebron on the left. He never left my side. With huge eyes begging the question "Will you notice me?" My answer was YES!

Julie and the littlest girls. This crew was a hoot. So bubbly and full of laughter. They adored themselves in pictures all thanks to Brooke who took pictures of the kids on her trip to Addis last July and had the genius idea to make prints for the children.

The simple joy of seeing themselves in photos. It was a lot to realize they have probably never had their own photos of themselves.

Samson is THE MAN at the Drop In Center. The kids LOVE him. He is a kid magnet. He does the counseling and he is the man on the streets developing relationships with the street kids and bringing them to Hope. He was quiet but his presence spoke volumes!


Stacey said...

Wow, it looks like you met some great kids, Jen! Sounds like God is doing some awesome things through this organization. It makes me so happy to know that there is a place for kids to go and get the help and love they need. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

Dietrich & Amy Lusse said...

Wow! Looks and sounds like you guys had a great first week in ET. :)
Glad you're home and hope you all are feeling well.

Brooke said...

Keep Posting. Keep Posting. It is so fun to see and hear it all! In between family time, of course--- KEEP POSTING!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Erica said...

Beautiful. What an awesome ministry. So glad your home and doing well. Jonas is adorable!