And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” 
Matthew 25:40

Dear Elevate Orphan Family,

Thank You for being a part of and supporting our mission to love the orphan and widow as Jesus, Our Lord, and Savior has called us to do….’as ourselves’. Thank you for loving them and trusting us to steward the ministry God has assigned us at Elevate Orphan.

This past April, we received wonderful news from Thomas that many of our students were honored for academic excellence as well as excellent behavior! Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” We are rejoicing in our students being faithful in their studies!

April also brought  the celebration of our risen Lord, during Easter, or Fasika as it is called in Ethiopia! Rejoicing that this ministry has brought together widows of the church who need provision with a fruitful ministry of loving and raising children. It is beautiful to see these pictures of how the Lord has brought together these women and children and with the support of God’s church with one voice, we are all praising Him! The Lord is so Faithful, So Good, So Loving, and Merciful……He is WORTHY!  Hallelujah!  AMEN.

This spring, we will see 6 of our high school seniors graduate and prepare to enter university this upcoming fall and 2 of our University students graduate! One university student graduates with a degree in  Civil Engineering and the other student with a degree in Chemical Engineering!   This is a part of Levi and Jess Benkert’s original vision which continues today, that these former orphans would be given a loving family, counseling, be surrounded by those who love them and have their best interest, as well as have opportunities for education with a foundation of Christ.  Then, if the Lord chooses to raise them up to be the leaders of Ethiopia,  they will have that biblical worldview to be salt and light!

We anticipate that over the next 4 years we will have as many as 40 children attending university in Ethiopia, from our Elevate Orphan family. (We have 70 children now!).  It’s a tremendous blessing to be a part of a ministry that is so blessed by The King with fruit for the harvest.  This transition of children who are “growing up” and matriculating into university will enable us, with your support, to take another 40 children over the next 3-4 years and pour into these lives for His Kingdom.  Thank you again!  Just to remind you how amazing this is, as of 2022, less than 20% of Ethiopian Students get to participate in secondary education, and less than 10% have  a University Education. We get a front-row seat to see the Lord  bless these children  and Lord willing this nation through our support and prayers!

I would like to leave you with this last request … pray for these children. Pray for their healing, growth, and eventual understanding and acceptance of Christ’s eternal gift to us. Their salvation is the ultimate goal. Pray fervently and often – God be glorified!

In His Grip,

Dr. Reuben Gobezie
Elevate Orphan