Journey with Us

31 Aug

Why Ethiopia?  One thing Andrew and I feel strongly about is not simply adopting a child to fulfill our desire to grow our family – we are adopting to take care of God’s children.

We are called to care for orphans and, however excited and freaked out we are, we are moving forward to fulfill this calling.

Here are some  staggering facts that I had read from a new adoption friend’s blog about Ethiopia:

  • An entire generation of parents are no longer; there are 4.4 million + orphans
  • One in six children in Ethiopia die before their fifth birthday
  • 44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old
  • 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
  • Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)
  • Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
  • Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.
  • In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports.

I can’t save all 4.4 million. But we can make a difference for one. (Maybe 2 – we are open to siblings).



5 Responses to “Journey with Us”

  1. Nicole B. August 31, 2011 at 6:13 p08 #

    “We are open to siblings.” Yay!!!!!!!!! Heartbreaking statistics…but so much opportunity for hope in them, too. 🙂

  2. jennyewalt September 1, 2011 at 6:13 p09 #

    Some friends of ours leave TOMORROW to pick up their little 10 month old baby girl Lilly from Ethiopia… They put their first paper work in 14 months ago and now they will add a new baby to their family. God sees no color only the love that you both will bring to that child’s life. We are in deep prayer for you both and are here to support you in any way we can. We love you both!

  3. Cristine September 1, 2011 at 6:13 p09 #

    I think this is awesome! 🙂 The teacher who teaches next door to me adopted a 6 y.o. boy from Ethiopia a few years ago. I had the great opportunity to have him in my class last year. They too are a white couple and they have teenage sons with now a younger preteen son added to the mix. The two of them are great Christian examples in my life.

  4. Andrea Bernard September 5, 2011 at 6:13 p09 #

    Friend, so excited for you to continue to follow the Lord’s steps on this journey! Thought you might be interested in a blog from some dear friends of mine who also adopted a baby boy from Ethiopia – Love you and will continue praying!

  5. amfunches October 21, 2011 at 6:13 p10 # This is a link to another family that adopted from there. Maybe you will gain some in site from there blog. Cant wait to read more.

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