May/June Newsletter

Dear Elevate Family:

Grace and peace to you all in Our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am overjoyed to share with you the blessings of God’s Grace on our children and mothers/aunties in Addis Ababa. We are closing the school year with blessings upon blessings as our God and Father has, in His Will and Pleasure, ordained victory over this Ministry…Hallelujah! I would like to update you about two areas pertinent to our Ministry right now. The first relates to a project that I have been passionate about pursuing ever since becoming Director of the Ministry. For those of you Elevate Family Members that have supported and followed this Ministry for long enough, you know what an incredible and miraculous testimony the Bring Love In/Elevate Orphan Story has been. I believe it is a testimony that needs to be shared and I have been pursuing someone to do a film documentary on Elevate for the last 3 years. The Lord has provided, in His Perfect Timing, Joshua Carroll. Joshua is an accomplished producer and director and recent graduate of Liberty University (that’s right…he’s accomplished already!!). He is the creator and producer of BrickFilms focused on Biblical Stories (Brick Films Biblical Stories). ( Josh comes from a missionary family in Uganda we have known for many years and my family has had the pleasure and honor of knowing The Carrolls as warriors for His Kingdom. They are an amazing family and Jenn and David Carroll, Joshua’s parents, are faithful servants of The Most High overseas for many years. Joshua will be writing an update to The Elevate Family to expand on the concepts and ideas behind this wonderful project that I believe will be a great encouragement and tool for awareness of what The Lord can do through a few who trust and obey….that is you Elevate Family!! We now have a thriving ministry that cares for many widows and orphans in a unique way that is being blessed with vibrant maturing believers in Jesus Christ and successful and productive citizens in Ethiopia. We are experiencing the vast majority of our children gaining entrance into University and several have graduated with degrees, as you know, in advance subjects like engineering. This fact, itself, is a miracle! All Glory be to God! Lastly, on this point, I want you to know that a generous donor has sponsored the entire cost of the film project, a 2 year project that will take Josh to Texas (to see Levi and Jessie), Montana, and, of course, Ethiopia multiple times over the course of production. Thank you JESUS! Now, what’s the update on the children? We have several great updates: (see pics) * We have adopted 6 new young children this year, ages 6-10 . We had a very active season of social work and counseling for some of these children. Five of these children are in weekly counseling and are making great progress. * Twenty of our ‘mothers and aunties’ are receiving training twice a month (and have been for the last year). These trianings are on child protection and counseling for smaller children and teenagers. We have seen tremendous growth in the strengthening of relationships between the siblings , mothers, aunties, and especially the newley adopted within our Forever Families. * We hosted another Mothers and Aunties retreat at a “Weyba Tis”, an Ethiopian traditional bath, to stregthen relationships and help prevent burnout. We have been doing these types of investments into the mothers and aunties regularly and believe it is beneficial. * We graduated 9 children from high school. * Journey Church is preparing for a summer missions trip to Addis in July ….please pray!! Overall, Elevate is going through a season of blessing within the Ministry. The main challenge we have is that we have seen a large decrease in giving this year. In order to meet the needs of the Elevate Families, at the level we always have, we ask that you increase your support of this Ministry. God is blessing it. He will always Provide for Us. But, if you are able, if The LORD has blessed you with the ability to give, I would argue that this Ministry has demonstrated God’s anointing in a way that is unmistakable. Consider increasing your gifts to make-up for those who have decreased their giving. Please remember that we have a family that sponsors all administrative expenses so that all of your giving goes directly to Ethiopia. How much more efficient can you be than that?

In His Grip, Reuben


April Newsletter

Elevate Orphan April 2023

He is Risen!

Easter has come and gone this year, but Jesus lives forever!

To celebrate Passover, our Elevate Orphan family held a foot washing ceremony.
If you follow us on social media, you have probably noticed that I have been talking a lot about loving one another. In the Bible the word love is mentioned hundreds of times! In fact, one of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 12:10, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor”. What better way to show each other brotherly love than to wash each other’s feet just like Jesus did at the Last Supper! Jesus even instructs us to do the same. (John 13:14) The video I posted that goes along with this photo brings me so much joy! Everyone is so happy in the video and you can see the true Agape love coming from each and every person participating. If you have not seen it yet check it out on our Facebook page!  (If you haven’t already, like and Follow us, while you’re there!)

Who Are You?

Hi, I’m Michelle Wills!
It is nice to meet you! I was hired in March as the Administrative Director of Elevate Orphan on the US side of the organization. I manage the day to day administrative operations. My background is in Education and Community Outreach. I live in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia with my husband, three children, and two dogs. A few interesting facts about me is that I love to talk, my favorite color is yellow, and I also sponsor a child with Elevate Orphan. I understand first hand how exciting it is to get updates and information on how the children and families in Ethiopia are doing. It is my honor to serve you and if you ever have any questions or comments please feel free to email me:
Thank you for being a part of the Elevate Orphan Family and for all that you do for our children and widows!

Dr. Reuben Gobezie

Dr. Reuben Gobezie is the Board President and Executive Director of Elevate Orphan. Reuben, who was born in Addis Ababa, and his wife Courtney have four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Ethiopia. The Gobezie family is committed to seeing the Lord glorified by helping the children and widows who are impacted by Elevate Orphan. They go on missions trips to Ethiopia together often.

Dr. Biruk L. Wamisho, FCS, MP

Dr. Biruk L. Wamisho, Professorship of Orthopedic Surgery by the Addis Ababa University Board of Governors. Dr. Biruk along with his beautiful wife, Lili and 2 girls – Hildana and Abayelet and their son, Joel, live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We are so thankful for Dr. Biruk’s wisdom, insights and desire to glorify God as he helps us in this good work of elevating orphans and placing them in families!

Dr. Biruk Lambisso is a senior consultant Orthopedic Surgeon by profession. He is as well an Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University- Black lion Hospital, President of Ethiopian Society of Orthopedics & Traumatology (ESOT), Head of Department of Orthopedic at School of Medicine, and College of Health Science in AAU. He is also the Chairman of several committees at Federal and Addis Ababa City level.
Dr. Biruk has been elected and served in several executive committees of National professional associations like Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA). He is known for his extensive work in the areas of Medical ethics, Medical professionalism and teachings of clinical research coordinator (CRC).
Dr. Biruk enjoys treating patients, teaching medical and specializing students/doctors and conducts several researches.
It is to be well remembered that Dr. Biruk and the team operated on a teenage girl with a parasitic, twin received award and recognition from the Parliament of Ethiopia. He performed over 15,000 documented major/complex orthopedic surgeries, both at his public and private practice in the last two decades.
He is a much respected surgeon the nation has produced and enjoys helping our citizens in need. Many benefited from his healing hands and learned his skills.
What is more, he is volunteer regular surgical campaigner participated and made valuable contributions on different occasions during surgical camping in the rural parts of Ethiopia organized by ESOT, NaPAN, Surgical Society of Ethiopia (SSE), and Federal Ministry of Health.
Dr. Biruk is humble, sociable, well interactive and hard working.

Brandon Edwards

The Edwards’ family loves the kids at Elevate Orphan and they are passionate about God’s heart to care for the orphan and widow (James 1:27). Brandon is a Worship Pastor at Journey Church in Bozeman, Montana. He has had the privilege to oversee Journey’s global outreach for the past 7 years and has led many short-term missions trips to Ethiopia as well as a continued to partnership with Elevate Orphan/Bring Love In in Addis for many years.

Thomas A

Thomas is a gifted administrator and loves the children passionately and is a brother in Christ of high integrity, profound organizational skills and extreme honesty. Thomas, as a native of Ethiopia, has developed deep relationships within the Ethiopian Government and Orphanages. He has a broad network of relationships that enable him to connect the children with jobs, vocational schools and housing as native born Ethiopians and long-standing residents of Addis Ababa and of The Body of Christ in Addis.


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