April 2024 Updates

(Below is part of an email update that went out to our mailing list. If you’re not on the list, subscribe here).

Dear Elevate Family,

Thank you!

I want to thank you for your passionate dedication to this ministry. I am truly blessed to share the Lord’s abundant fruit in the lives of our children at Elevate Orphan. It’s a joy to watch them thrive.

Student Progress!

In Ethiopia, there is a national exam for students in 11th and 12th grade, which determines their eligibility for university admission, their placement based on exam scores, and their field of study. The government covers the university education costs for admitted students. Last year, six of our seniors took the national qualifying exam for university admission.

I’m thrilled to announce that five of them were accepted into universities across Ethiopia. Two of the students, Haimanot Tesfaye and Elsabet Alemayehu, have decided to pursue different paths. Haimanot is now focusing on a career in makeup and nails and recently graduated from Cosmetology School, while Elsabet has shifted her attention to photography and videography.

The remaining three students are now in their second year of study at university. Yididya Bishaw is attending Hawassa University,  Eyosiyas Mina is attending Bahar Dar University, and Tigist Getachew is attending Dire Dawa University.

Recently, nine more of our children (or should I say “young men and women!”) sat for the 12th-grade exam. Eight of them passed and have been admitted to various universities. Yibeltal Dessalgne, Sosina Osman, Hirut Girum, Seada Zewedu, and Gemachu Eshatu are attending Dila University. Moges Bishaw is attending Hawassa University. Dawit Mengesta is attending Welayeta University. Tegereda Getachew is attending Welkita University.

These universities take the students many miles away from home. We ask that you cover them in prayer with us as they pursue their studies and continue down a path that breaks the cycle of poverty and orphanhood. To God be the glory!

Additionally, Seble Nigusa is set to graduate with a degree in Sociology in June. Deraje Mazengiya graduated with a degree as a health officer (nutrition counselor) and is working in a hospital. Haimonot Moges completed a 6-month course at Aviation Academy and has now started living independently as well.

Praise Break!

Can we pause for a collective “Amen! Hallelujah!”?

I truly believe that these achievements would not be possible for these children apart from God’s hand on Elevate Orphan.

Most of you can imagine the challenges facing these children who are abandoned in their childhood to the Government orphanages. There is material, emotional, and mental anguish they must overcome to “pull it together” and live productive lives, and yet these children have done more than that in Christ Jesus. They have overcome this world, the devil, and their flesh in the power of The KING. Sure, good things are happening in their education and young professional lives, but the real beauty is that they each know The LORD as their God and Savior.

Thank you, JESUS!!

Child Sponsorship

If you just read the names of one of your sponsored “children,” please know that Elevate Orphan will continue to support each of them with a monthly stipend of approximately $250 to cover their expenses while at school. If you’re reading this and are not currently sponsoring a child, please consider starting now because we have some exciting news…

Letter Exchange (Penpals!)

We are launching a letter exchange program between sponsors and children! In order to receive a letter from your child this fall, you will need to be registered as a monthly sponsor by June.

How will it work?

  • This summer, all of the children will write letters to their sponsors. The younger kids and those who aren’t very strong in English will receive help (and may rely more on pictures).
  • A team visiting in July will bring the letters back and send them off to you. This means WE NEED YOUR PHYSICAL MAILING ADDRESS.
  • You’ll have a few months to reply and mail your letter to a US-based address.
  • We’ll then take the letters back to Ethiopia (hopefully January ‘25) and start the cycle all over again.

We are so so excited for everyone involved to have a new, deeper way to connect, celebrate, and pray together.

Please don’t miss out on this opportunity. Sign up to sponsor a child and email admin@elevateorphan.org to make sure we have your physical mailing address.

Learn More and Join the Mission

As always, you can see pictures, read more about the organization, and find out how to sponsor a child or support the general operations of Elevate Orphan by visiting elevateorphan.org.

Thank you for your love for our children and the widows, Know that The LORD’s Hand is on this ministry for His Glory!!  Hallelujah!  AMEN.

In His Grip,


P.S. Don’t forget to reply to this email with your physical mailing address so that we can make sure you receive a letter from your sponsored child.

P.P.S. If you want to sponsor a child or help with the general operating costs of Elevate Orphan you can do so by clicking on the appropriate hyperlink. Your gift helps care for widows and orphans in Ethiopia.

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). (https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Part-One-Joshua-Carroll/dp/B08TSL1LZY) 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: michelle@elevateorphan.org.
Thank you for being a part of the Elevate Orphan Family and for all that you do for our children and widows!


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