Sponsorship does help!

While I was in Ethiopia we stopped in to see our friends at Yezelalem Minch.  This is an outstanding, Ethiopian led, ministry to assist orphans and widows.  Bethany Christian Services does sponsorship through them.  My wife and I started sponsoring a girl named Meron while we were in Ethiopia to adopt Misgana.

When I entered Yezelalem Minch I was walking up the stairs of their compound and I noticed Meron.  She looked so much older, but I recognized her immediately because her photo is on our fridge.  I yelled, “Meron!”  She had a beaming smile and came over to me.  I gave her a little hug and I told her she was “Konjo” (beautiful) and then we chatted a bit and I gave her some little gifts from our family.

Her father, Furgasa, was also there to meet me.  Meron’s mom passed away years earlier and he has been trying to keep the family together and moving forward.  He said through a translator, “Thank you for sponsoring Meron.  I could not do it without your help.” I said, “It is an honor to be your partner.”

$30 a month makes all the difference for Meron and her family.

Sponsorship does work.  I’ve seen it give hope and help kids break out of the poverty cycle in South Africa as our church sponsors kids to go to school and university.  I’ve seen it first hand in Ethiopia where hundreds of kids are able to have an education, medical assistance, as well as food and family support.

$30/month can change a life.  I spend more at Starbucks in a month!  🙂



Ethiopia bound

I have the opportunity to return to Ethiopia next month with Bethany Christian Services.  I’m going to explore ways Watermark can partner with an Ethiopian church to begin a foster care program for orphans.  I’ll also be looking into other ways we can serve widows and orphans in this remarkable, but poverty stricken area.

My wife, Vicki, and I sponsor a child through an amazing ministry named, “Yezelalem Minch.”  Their name means, “Everlasting Spring.”  This tremendous ministry has a wide range of social services and the best part is that they are Ethiopian started and led.

Above is a picture of me with Meron, the girl we sponsor.  I look forward to connecting with her again when I travel.  I’ve seen first hand the impact sponsorship makes for a girl like Meron.  For only $30 a month she receives food, medical and educational support.  If you are interested in helping a child through sponsorship you can do this through Bethany’s website.