#TBT, Ethiopia

I know I have mentioned it before, but this past July the Hubs and I were honored to go on a trip to Ethiopia!  It was a huge blessing for us to be able to go! We were fortunate enough to have so much love and support that made it all possible!  We were graciously given financial donations, lots of love, items for the children, luggage to use, and most importantly prayers!

I want to share with y’all today about the organization we spent the most time with, and the amazing things they are doing in the Kore’ slum of Addis Ababa.
The main focus of our trip was to spend time at Embracing Hope Ethiopia, encourage the teachers, missionaries and teach & play with the children.
Jerry and Christy Shannon first went to Ethiopia to adopt one of their daughters in 2008.  That was just the beginning!  Since then they moved to Ethiopia and began Embracing hope, reaching and loving the poorest of the poor.  It was a blessing and honor to see them interact with the mothers and children whom they serve.  The ministry has grown since they opened their doors in 2011!  They now have a daycare center, a nursery school and just opened a 1st grade school!  So amazing to see how the children are cared for so the mothers can work and provide for their families!

While our team was there we did a VBS.  We broke our team down and had story time, music, crafts and game time. The Hubs and I were in charge of the games and it was a hoot!  The kids had a blast.
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Beautiful view from EHE!
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The daycare center was full of lively kiddos! We had a blast playing games, eating lunch and loving on them!
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Game time was awesome!  We were so thankful that the weather was beautiful each day and we were able to play outside!  The parachute was the best! The kids loved it SO much!  IMG_6762IMG_6757
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The awesome Shannon Family and our team!

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Our translators were so awesome!  We also met a sweet intern, Erin, who was a huge help while we were there!

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I am so thankful we got to to Ethiopia and spend time at Embracing Hope!
The Shannons were so hospitable and we loved getting to meet them and hang out with them!  It was hard to leave for sure!  I can’t wait till I can go back!!
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