*****As most of you (those who don’t can look under the title Adoption and Ethiopia), our adoption journey was not an easy one. We had to fight for 15 mths to bring our son home. In that time, he was cared for by the wonderful nannies at the West Sands Transition Home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia http://www.westsandsadoption.org/ws/countries/ethiopia/transitional-home-guest-stay/ . In that time, as wonderful as the nannies were, our guide Woudneh Mulugeta and his wonderful wife Betty Mamo came over almost everyday to see my son and to love on him. They continued to tell him how much he was loved by us and how we would come soon to get him. I can never repay them for that. That was not a paid service, it was a servant’s heart that reached out. They were the hands and feet of Jesus for me. My friendship with them will be forever and my son will always know how much the loved him.
Betty works in Dera, Ethiopia. She knows my heart and she knew I needed to see the realness of Ethiopia. I needed to see the “city” and I needed to see reality. My heart continues to break for this beautiful people and I pray that the Lord will one day show me the path that leads back to these people. For now, I will be her hands and feet right here. Christmas is coming and money is tight. Let us all remember the reason for the season and instead of going to Walmart to by the next big thing that will break in five minutes, give a ONE TIME gift to help a child go to school for ONE YEAR. This is a gift that will not break. This gift will give the gift of education so these beautiful people can live successfully in their beloved country. Please consider this open letter from Betty as saving a child(ren) life. Thank you all for your consideration. Donations are accepted ANYTIME by Hope Arising. Please feel free to share This letter and this post!*****