Monday, December 27, 2010

4 for FOREVER!

Wanted to let you know about this really cool challenge going on... Read below and see how you can get involved!!!

There are FOUR more children in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, who RIGHT NOW need sponsors.


--Not counting today, there are 4 more full days left in 2010.
We are asking you to pray for FOUR minutes about who you could ask to sponsor a child.


--Then, invite the FOUR people who came to your mind to sponsor one of the FOUR children who need to know they are loved, protected, and provided for. Invite them to take a step of faith that can FOREVER change the life of the FOUR children in the next FOUR days.

*Our goal is to have the remaining FOUR children sponsored before the ball drops and 2011 is here.*


--If you have accepted the challenge, please go to the EFFORT Africa facebook wall, and write "4 for FOREVER" so we may pray for you by name and those you have spoken to!


Child Profiles are here!

I believe that God can and will move on the hearts of those you speak with. Face to face, email, texts, facebook, twitter, phone calls.... no matter how you do it, we believe our God is capable!!

Ready... Set.... Go!

For Orphans and the King,


Selam, age 10

Yohanes, age 10

Tsga, age 4

Tewdros "Teddy", age 11

Monday, January 25, 2010


As you probably know, if you have any skills in Facebook stalking, I am leaving for Ethiopia in 4 days. I will be gone for 5 weeks.

This is going to be a very rewarding, yet also very taxing experience. I have been to Ethiopia before, but under different circumstances, and with a different organization. I am finished with that organization. I have partnered with a new organization, one that I feel is run according to God's will. I have no doubt that God will be honored with the things that this organization, and the founders and missionaries involved do while in Ethiopia. I am very happy to be teaming up with them.

On my last visit, I stayed for 3 weeks. At first, before leaving the U.S., 3 weeks seemed like a very long time to be in a place like Africa. I was truly frightened of the travel, and was overwhelmed with, "what ifs." What if I got to Ethiopia and it didn't feel right? What if I got scared, and wasn't able to come home? What if the people were hostile, or didn't like me? What if I didn't get accustomed to the culture? All of these thoughts, and more, bombarded me in the days leading up to my first trip. But, once I got there, all of them were put to rest. I set out on my mission, and fell in love with the country, and the people in it.

The 3 weeks were much too short. By the beginning of week 2, I wanted to call the airline and have them change my tickets, to push it back a few weeks later. But, I didn't. Instead, I promised myself, and the people I would be leaving behind, that I would return.

I am fulfilling that promise. And I can not wait to be received by the smiling faces, the hugs, the laughter, the joy that the children will have. It will be amazing to hear them chanting, "Benji Ferenge!" when they see me approaching.

To everyone who has supported me, whether with encouragement, donations for the children, finances, or treating me to dinner, THANK YOU. I love you all for your support, and for your friendship. Thank you for giving to children that I love, and for being a blessing to a people who need so much.

I will miss you all, and I look forward to seeing you when I return. I can't wait to show you pictures of the children that you have helped by sending me to them.

Thank you.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First of Many Blogs.

This one is going to be short. But, expect greatness from this blog on.

I told you it was going to be short.