Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For Poor People

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…

kids are amazing!

And we know it’s because their parents are doing an outstanding job instilling a worldview that puts Christ first, promotes others over self and includes giving as a lifestyle

We told you about a girl who made and sold stick dolls to raise money for formula in our orphanage.  An Awana group saved their extra cash so they could provide a house for a family who didn’t have adequate shelter.  Another boy raised money for a house by selling homemade jewelry and writing and performing plays. 

This month we’d like to tell you about a handsome young man we know who set out on his own fundraising scheme. 

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Six year old Andy wanted to do something to help people in Ethiopia who don’t have all the food and toys that he does.  After donating the contents of his piggy bank, he set up a spot in his yard with a bag and a clever sign.  When that wasn’t bringing in what he thought it should, he found a couple of his knives to donate to the cause and labeled them with $6.99 price tags. 

All together he raised $23.53...

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which he gave to his very proud Grammy to send to Ethiopia!

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Thank you Andy!!

Large or small, these gifts of love given with unselfish excitement and joy are very pleasing to God’s heart.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just Imagine

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Imagine that your husband is crippled and therefore is unable to get a job and provide for his family.  On top of that, you have a heart condition that makes it difficult to do anything strenuous.  You do the best you can, washing clothes by hand for your neighbors, but you only earn about 50¢ a day doing that and it’s nowhere near enough to take care of a family of four.  An eight year old son and a two year old daughter are depending on you to feed and clothe them but you don’t know how you will provide what they need.

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Imagine that you leave your M*sl*m faith to become a follower of Christ.  Joy and new life now flood your soul but there is a cost.  Your husband denounces your faith and leaves the family as a result.  You have two sons, 13 and 9, as well as a nephew you are raising after his parents died.  Several chronic health issues which you can’t afford to address prevent you from working as a daily laborer and you don’t know how you will take care of your family.

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Imagine that you suffer from Epilepsy and a seizure causes you to fall into a cooking fire, severely burning both hands, your arm and your chest.  Though still young and beautiful, your husband cannot bear to look at your disfigurement and divorces you, leaving you to raise your young son by yourself.  Marriage is now probably out of the question and begging is the only way you know to earn a living for yourself and your son.  This barely brings in enough to pay the rent on the room you live in and not much is left for food.

For only $50 per month, you can adopt one of these struggling families, embracing them with the love of Christ and providing some of their basic needs.   There are many other families living in similar desperation who we would like to find sponsors for – answering God’s call to care for orphans and widows.

On our Adoption Ministry 1:27 website you can read the bios of these families, many who we have labeled ‘High Priority’ because they are on the brink of despair. 

Imagine if any of these were your story.
Imagine if someone reached out to change your circumstances.
Imagine the relief and hope and joy!

*Our AM 1:27 Administrator is on vacation until July 17 - she will respond to all requests to adopt a family at that time.  Or you can contact us at  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Links You’ll Like

Five Ways to Minister to Adoptive Families
I hope you have seen a rise in adoptive families in your church... While all families — adoptive, foster, blended or otherwise — have unseen struggles, there are some unique challenges that kids who have been adopted and their families face that many kidmin teachers and volunteers may not be aware of.  Here are a handful of helpful considerations from an adoptive dad to help you minister more effectively to these amazing children and their forever families.

Somewhere to Run
Unfortunately, the spiritual warfare doesn’t end once the adoption is finalized. It lurks in the background seeking opportunities to hurt our testimony and discredit God’s faithfulness. In fact, adoptive families are one of the most under attack groups of people I’ve ever come across. In talking with adoptive parents, I hear so many of them saying the same thing to me over and over again. The same things I’ve said to myself at various points in the journey. I feel so alone. I feel like I’m failing. The people I counted on for support aren’t supporting me. My social worker didn’t tell me this part would be so hard. The stress is getting to my marriage. Our extended family doesn’t understand what we’re going through. But oftentimes we aren’t as quick to see the see the spiritual warfare on this side of our Travel Approval.

A Note on Spelling
@Afaan Amarina
I often ask people here in Ethiopia how a certain word is spelled in Amharic or Oromiffa. Their usual response to this question is to just say the word slowly rather than write it down. When I write a word down two different ways and ask which is correct, I usually get “you are right!” It’s a hard habit to break, this desire to spell things correctly, but in both languages, if it is written as it sounds, it is written correctly.

Of Light and Shade in Ethiopia
@Yahoo News
It's Sunday and people are out with their umbrellas. Through the wide, golden landscape of northern Ethiopia, terraced from countless generations of touch by human hand, they walk to the nearest town and to the nearest church.

Hope for Lost Mamas
I never understood the depth of my emotional fragility until an adorable tyrant wormed into my heart.  I never knew how much I sought the approval of others until I felt like I had lost it.

To Mothers of Unattached Children
We are sisters, you and I… We've been the recipients of abuse, emotional and verbal and physical.  We've had to turn the other cheek, put up a brave front, treat others the way they would want to be treated even though they refuse to do the same for us.  We have had to show love- real love, yes, but mostly fake love and somewhere-in-between love- to some of the most unlovable people imaginable, all in the name of healing. 

Four Things to Do When Bringing Home A Child From Hard Places
While we were in our process I had followed a few blogs as they brought their kids home and their honesty in the first few months after their children arrived home was so good for me. On one hand I had read that it wasn’t at all easy in those first few months, but on the other hand you don’t really comprehend that until it’s you in those shoes. My biggest advice when you bring your kids home is to know that this is a journey. Two steps forward and three steps back is how I look at it. It’s a long and hard journey and if you thought that your wait for your child was grueling, you have no idea what the next few months/years have in store for you.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Buy a Ball ~ Build a Business!

On Sunday August 24 Adoption Ministry will be hosting a wonderful event to help single women in Ethiopia have the opportunity to operate their own small business and thereby become self-sustaining.

And you don’t even have to attend to be a part of this effort!

Adoption Ministry of YWAM Golf Ball Drop
Sunday August 24, 2014
3-6 pm
High Cedar Golf Club
Orting, WA

Golf balls are available to donate at $10 per ball using the link below.  Each ball will be numbered and dropped.  The ball landing closest to or IN the hole wins!  A business start-up in the winner’s name will be awarded to a prequalified single mother in Ethiopia through our Adoption Ministry 1:27 program.  The winning ball donor will also receive a fantastic gift basket!

It is our passion to empower vulnerable families in Ethiopia with the opportunity, training and tools to become self-sustaining through an IGA (income-generating activity).  We are seeing the fruit of this effort in many lives already but we need your help to offer this opportunity to many more women.  Here are two ways to take part...

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Visit our website to purchase golf balls via our convenient online shopping cart.  Here are the links to our websites where you’ll find the “Buy A Ball” button: -or-

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If you can, please join us for a tasty BBQ buffet, a silent auction for some amazing items and then watch the balls drop from the sky!  Tickets are $20 per person.

You can register to attend the event by:

  • downloading the registration form, printing and mailing it in!  

  • calling our office with your credit card info ~ 253-770-2283

Deadline to register is Weds August 20 so sign up now!

Thank you so much for helping us empower women through meaningful employment and filling them with hope!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Come to Ethiopia With Us!

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Maybe you have always wanted to go on a mission trip but never had the chance.  Maybe God has been urging you to step out in faith to serve ‘the least of these’ in Ethiopia.  Maybe you’ve never considered doing something so… out of your comfort zone!

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We have a mission team forming who will travel to Ethiopia at the end of October for about two weeks and there’s room for you to join them!  This team will be serving many of the families in our Adoption Ministry 1:27 program – delivering food to the hungry, loving on men, women and children living in very desperate situations, visiting our Mana Gammachuu orphanage and bringing Christ’s love in very tangible ways to many grateful recipients. 

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Fall is the perfect time to visit Ethiopia – the weather is beautiful, the rainy season has ended and God seems to smile from blue skies every day.  You’re in for a life-changing adventure!

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If you would like more information about joining this team, please contact our missions director, Mark Wolbert:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Let’s Get This Done!

Our friends at Both Ends Burning have asked for our help in passing the Children In Families First Act (CHIFF) through a special push this week on social media.  Right now, this bill is sitting in the Foreign Relations Committee and needs to move on by August. 

This bill would establish an office in the State Department to implement effective child welfare systems – getting children into safe, permanent and loving families.  It is not a request for more money.  It’s not solely about international adoption.  It isn’t telling countries how to care for vulnerable children.  The goal is to utilize funds to support and partner with governments to place children into families.

Because every child deserves a family


Sign the Petition
Enter your name, email and zip code here and submit to sign.  How easy is that??!

Call Your Members of Congress
Tell the staff member that you want your Congress person to support CHIFF, and be sure to leave your name and address.  Click here for help with what to say and who to call.

Like CHIFF on Facebook
Go to

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Click on the CHIFF icon to access a file to save and use as your profile picture for Facebook and other media sites.

Tweet #SupportCHIFF
See the CHIFF social media examples page for sample tweets.

Share about CHIFF on your blog
Use ideas from the CHIFF website and Facebook page to get started!

Share the Facebook posts you’ll see this week on our Facebook page.

I know you agree that the safest and best place for a child is in the loving arms of a parent.  You can help make that happen!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Healing, Loving, Giving Grace

Empowered to Connect is a go-to source of so many excellent resources for adoptive parents.  If you’ve never taken the time to browse around on their website, please invest at least 30 minutes there.  You’ll be encouraged and challenged with parenting tools and ideas for helping children from hard places attach, bond, connect and heal.

Today we’re featuring a few articles recently posted there.


Band-Aids Heal More Than You Can See
by Kayla North

Giving and receiving love may seem like an easy thing, but for many adopted and foster kids it is hard. They have given love to people only to have those people disappear from their lives or not return their love. They have received love only to be moved to a new home, or the “love” they received was not love at all.
These kids are confused about what it means to give and receive love.
Many of them are indiscriminately friendly with adults and other kids. While on the surface it seems that they are so affectionate and loving, as a mom it is scary to watch. They don’t understand appropriate interaction with others and must be both shown and taught how to appropriately give and receive love. We talk often about personal space and when and how it is appropriate to give hugs and kisses.

Continue reading here

This is Mercy
by Becky Metcalfe

He knew he had been pushing my buttons all day, and as he lowered the blankets he must have sensed the coming storm. But as he stared at the end of my accusing finger, (yes, the very same finger that I was taught by Dr. Purvis to point up, but never at my child), and as he observed the scowl on my face… something in his eyes flickered.

In that moment I saw a reflection of myself in him. Something in his eyes that I can’t even completely identify stopped me cold in my tracks. Was it fear…shame…guilt…insecurity? His eyes were displaying what I feel all too often.

Continue reading here

Don’t Embarrass Me
by Colleen Derksen

…I wonder whether I will be able to un-learn those instincts that would shush her and point out her errors in front of other people. It’s something I struggle with, these feelings of embarrassment that drive me to respond in less than desirable ways. Whether it’s a meltdown in the grocery store, a display of defiance at church, or a poorly timed observation, I too often find myself thinking about what other people are thinking instead of what my children need.

Continue reading here

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