March 2012 eNewsletterHelping Those Who Need It Most by Joy Casey I was in Ethiopia for the month of February and a good amount of my time was spen

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March 2012 eNewsletter

Helping Those Who Need It Most

by Joy Casey

I was in Ethiopia for the month of February and a good amount of my time was spent with the leaders of the churches we partner with for Adoption Ministry 1:27. I also interviewed and visited families the churches recommended to be part of our program. Over one-hundred families told me stories that caused my heart to break... yet at the same time I was energized because God has inspired a way to help these good people. Not only did He birth Adoption Ministry 1:27 but He gave us generous ministry partners who entrusted us with finances to use at my discretion while in Ethiopia. I was discerning who I should give emergency aid to and felt that those who needed it most received it.


Employment does not necessarily mean a mother or father makes enough to provide bread, shelter, education and clothing for their family. A man or woman working as a daily laborer usually does not have consistent employment and they work at the bottom of the pay scale. A person works as a daily laborer because he does not have skills to do much else, thus there is little hope for advancement to a better job. A man or woman who labors oftentimes ruins their bodies doing it. Time and again I heard stories of broken backs or hips resulting from carrying loads that were too heavy, rendering them useless for further work.

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I came up close and personal to diseases whose names I know only because they were part of my children’s inoculations - pertussis, tetanus, typhoid, typhus and measles. It was common to see men and women with elephantitis and lepers without limbs and digits. Scalp and skin infections are common. In Ethiopia people routinely die because of pneumonia and TB. Diseases are more prevalent among the poor because medical intervention is minimal, living conditions are primitive and unsanitary, and food is scarce. The stark contrast between a family I interviewed six months ago and that same family after receiving consistent nutritious food was startling. Here in the U.S. we don’t often see people wasting away for lack of food. It amazed me how listlessness was replaced with vibrancy simply because the person was eating regularly! Especially for HIV+ people, food is essential to good health.


An extreme example of malnutrition hit me full force when I interviewed a woman in Dembidollo named Yeshi. She came with her little girl, Herut, who looked to be about two but was acutally five-years-old. She was emaciated and her growth had been stunted because her mother did not have enough food while she was pregnant. I was sick at heart looking at this thin, undersized child dressed in rags knowing that the possibility of turning her situation around would be an uphill battle that might never be achieved. The second blow came when I was told that Yeshi had six month old twin boys at home. I asked Yeshi if she had enough breast milk for the boys and she began sobbing and shaking her head. Fear gripped me thinking of those two little ones with the same fate as their sister.


The first step would be to get plenty of nutritious food for her and Herut. Then I asked her if she would be willing to give the boys formula if we provided the formula, bottled water and bottles. She was relieved and grateful to supplement their diet until her nutrition level was to the point where she could produce enough milk for her babies. Thanks to my friend Anne who gave me discretionary money, I was able to send our Case Manager to buy a month’s supply of food for the family. I immediately went to our orphanage in Dembidollo and gave six cases of formula and six bottles to the Case Manager to be used for the babies. He will follow up with her twice a week to make sure she is mixing the formula correctly using the bottled water.

We desperately need a ministry partner to adopt this struggling family so food can be purchased regularly for them. If God is prompting you to 'adopt' Yeshi or another family like hers for $40 per month - or perhaps you know someone else who might - please contact us:


An Update On An Update...

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In our last newsletter our AM 1:27 Project Manager, Jeff Butler, told of his joy in seeing Waganesh recover from dear death due to HIV and TB. After securing a ministry partner for her, our Case Manager visited her twice a day to give her medication and cook food for her. When Jeff visited several months later, he was delighted to see her hair growing back and her son once again being cared for by her. Three months later when I was visiting another family who lived next to Waganesh, she walked up to me and gave me a huge hug. Yes, she walked up to me! I had never seen her walk and thought she couldn’t. But here before me was a beautiful, stately, vibrant woman grateful beyond belief for the aid that Adoption Ministry 1:27 has given her through the generosity of a ministry partner. I felt almost giddy seeing her so well. Observing her metamorphosis is powerful proof of what good food can do for a body. Along with food, she has been given sheets, pillows and warm blankets. Thank you, Randy and Rosemary, for your faithful monthly giving!


What is an IGA?


Adoption Ministry 1:27 is not designed to be a long-term sponsorship program. It is meant to stabilize a family and then provide a way for a capable, healthy head of household to start a small business that will in time produce income to support his or her family.

A friend gave me $500 to use for an IGA, or Income Generating Activity. One of the sponsored AM 1:27 families, all on her own, has begun a small business selling mangos and bananas. I was so impressed with her initiative that our team in Ethiopia is doing research on what it will take to set her up with a storefront selling items needed in her village. Another woman who has a young boy buys barley, roasts it and sells it but her profit margin is pretty low. We used part of the $500 to increase her output.


Then there is Kalkidan Tesfaye who shyly confided that she would really like to be a hairdresser. For $350 she can enroll in a ten month hairdressing course, and I know my friend will be delighted to learn that her money provided a way for this young woman to get training. Kalkidan is sponsored through Adoption Ministry 1:27, and only because of this monthly security does she have the liberty to go to school and learn a trade. Thank you, Lori, for the seed money, and thank you, Cindy, for providing Kalkidan’s monthly support!


Will you help us find others who will Adopt A Family?

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We have 100 new families in Ethiopia waiting to be adopted.

Will you consider adopting one, two or more families?
Do you know someone you could forward this newsletter to who might be interested?

Together we can find support for all 100 of these very needy families, answering God's call in James 1:27 to care for the orphan and the widow. THANK YOU so much!

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