This is what is happening now

It’s 6:45 in the morning and we need to leave the house in 45 minutes to head over to pick up the Ethiopia Smile team, we have been working to organize this trip for the past 6 months and now that they are finally here we are running around like crazy keeping up with...

A little bit of “instead”

Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, He embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive.   Ephesians 2 MSG I love that first word. Instead. Today I am overwhelmed with his love, in awe of the way He moves and chooses to use us,...

Gift from God

Christy Shannon our dear friend here in Ethiopia who knows far more Amharic than Jessie and I do wrote me a message late last night after reading the post about little Setota.  She said, “I am pretty sure that Setota means Gift, but you should check to make...

Her name is Setota

The call just came in! The first child to be welcomed into one of our forever families has been placed into our care.  This is incredible news, in so many ways, not the least of which is that this means we are now completely through the processing side of things, and...

On our knees together

I am broken today, and I love it. I know, that sounds completely wrong. But give me a second and I think you will understand. Today we are grasping for hope, falling on our knees before God and asking Him to come in and break down the walls that stand before us. Walls...
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