Aug 21

Upcoming EHE Events

We’ve been on the road for about 6 weeks now and meeting so many amazing folks who are finding out about EHE and getting involved.   We are now heading into North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania,  We’d love to see you at one of these upcoming events.  Come learn more about orphan prevention and family preservation.

 

August 23 – KERNERSVILLE, NC

1758 Brittany Ridge Drive, Kernersville

Benefit Dinner

 

August 24 – KERNERSVILLE, NC
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH KERNERSVILLE
9:45 am – Sunday School Class
1130 North Main Street Kernersville, NC 27284

 

August 24 – GREENVILLE, NC
COVENANT CHURCH
6 PM
4000 Corey Rd, Winterville, NC 28590

 

August 25 – NEW BERN, NC
6 PM
303 Belle Oaks Drive, New Bern, NC

 

August 27 – ASHBURN, VA
7pm
21800 Iannis Spring, Ashburn, Va

 

August 28 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
WEST PHILLY VINEYARD
7:30 pm
123 S. 51st street, Philadelphia

 

August 30 – MEDIA, PA
BLUE ROUTE VINEYARD
5 pm
425 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063

 

August 31 – CHESTER SPRINGS, PA
CHESTER SPRINGS VINEYARD
10 AM
614 Fellowship Rd, Chester Springs, pA 19425

 

August 31 – POTTSTOWN, PA
COVENTRY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
5 PM
946 Keen Road, Pottstown, PA 19465

 

September 5 – EAST PETERSBURG, PA
EAST PETERSBURG MENNONITE CHURCH
7 PM
6279 Main Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520

 

September 6 – MILLERSVILLE, PA
OPEN HOUSE
ZION CHURCH OF MILLERSVILLE
6pm
317 N. George Street , Millersville, PA 17551

 

September 7 – MILLERSVILLE, PA
ZION CHURCH OF MILLERSVILLE
9am Sunday School; 10:15 Worship Service
317 N. George street , Millersville, PA 17551

 

September 7 – LANCASTER, PA
LANCASTER VINEYARD CHURCH
Cookout held at 179 Donerville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603
6 pm

 

September 21 – WELLSBORO, PA
WELLSBORO VINEYARD CHURCH
held at First Presbyterian Church
5pm
130 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901

Aug 06

Another 74 Families Added! Why growth is so good!

Our family sponsorships are growing!
While we are here in the US touring around and sharing about the work that Embracing Hope Ethiopia is doing, the hard work of screening new families was being done on the ground in Ethiopia.  Alayu and Binyam have been working tirelessly to get our final approvals for expansion as well as the screening work of potential families for the project.
In the end they interviewed over 200 Moms and out of them they selected 74 whom we get the privilege of partnering with.  These Moms and their children are characterized as being the poorest of the poor  - the Moms and Children that we feel mandated to serve.   Now, its not that the other Moms and children were not poor.  Rather our mandate is, and will continue to be, those who are on the edge and who could not make it without intervention and partnership.
You may have heard me say in the past that we have to turn away over 1,300 Moms per year.   It is heartbreaking to see so many that we are not able to help because of funding and capacity limitations.   However, today we are celebrating because there are 74 others that we do get to help.
While these Moms and their childrens’ stories range in the complexities surrounding them, let me share with you three of their stories.
1.  Emawayesh and Kidist.  Emawayesh is 20 years old and never attended a day of school, leaving her illiterate and without
Kidist and Emawayehs
Kidist and Emawayesh
marketable skills.   Her daughter Kidist is 2 years old.  Emawayesh  was married, but after Kidist came into the picture, her husband abandoned the family to care for themselves.  Now, they live in the slum and Emawayesh earns $10 per month selling items by the roadside.  Her rent is $18 per month. They are not making it.
2.  Bizuyel, 2 year old Genet and 1 year old Tigist.  Bizuyel is 22 years old and has never had a formal education.  After her two daughters came along, her husband abandoned the family, leaving Bizuyel to somehow try to care for a 2 year old and a 1 year old with no skills, no job and no family.  Courageously, Bizuyel has tried to make it work.  Upon entering the project, she was
Fiyerie and Frewoyni
Fiyerie and Frewoyni
begging along the roadside with her 2 children.   Day after day, dignity was being robbed from her as she made $10 per month from begging.  At the same time she was trying to pay $8 per month in rent.   They deserve to know that they are made in God’s image.  We long to see Jesus make everything new for them.
3.  Frewoyni and Fiyerie.   Frewoyni has 3 children total, the youngest of them being 8 month old Fiyerie.   Fiyerie’s dad recently divorced Frewoyni, leaving her to provide for the 3 children by herself, with no one else around.  Originally from Eritrea, she has no one available to her to help.  She cannot work because there is no one to care for the baby.   Upon coming into the project, Frewoyni and her 3 children were sleeping under an awning in the slum to try to keep out of the cold and rain that the rainy season brings.  We want to see the restoration that only Jesus can bring, brought to Frewoyni and her children, especially 8 month old Fiyerie.
All of these new Moms and their childrens’ stories (as well as 39 others) can be found at www.EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com/sponsorships  
Bizuyel,  Genet and  Tigist
Bizuyel, Genet and Tigist
 
However, please do not read their stories and simply feel pity for them.  Life is incredibly difficult for them, but there is a new season ahead.  Now, there is food and education and interventions that can help empower them to break out of poverty.  Rather than pitying them, please pray for them.  And as you pray, please also ask God if He might have you engage in sponsoring and/or advocating for them.
As a ministry, we first welcome families into the project and then we start looking for family sponsors after the fact.   We ask that you might become one of those family sponsors for these families.  And, while you are at it, please spread the word.  Acts of family preservation and orphan prevention are powerful!
Help us to partner with these Moms and their children that they might embrace hope in all of life…and that they might know Jesus’ restoration and redemption personally.
Thank you for your partnership!

Jul 30

An Updated Itinerary – Come hear about EHE in person.

Here is our updated itinerary!  We would love to see you in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina,  Virginia or New York over the next few months!

 

July 30 - CLARKSBURG, WV
CONNECTING POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH
7 pm
405 Fowler Ave. Clarksburg, WV 26301

 

August 3 – ANGOLA, INDIANA
SONLIGHT COMMUNITY CHURCH, ANGOLA, IN
9 AM , 11 AM
455 N Gerald Lett Ave, Angola IN 46703

 

August 6 – WHEATON, ILLINOIS
6:30pm
514 S. Pierce Ave Wheaton, IL

 

August 7 – CHICAGO, IL
ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
4 pm
1730 W. Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

 

August 10 – MANITOWOC, WI
FAITH CHURCH
8am,  9:30 am AND  11 am
2201 S 42nd Street Manitowoc, wi 54220

 

August 11 – OSHKOSH, WI
RIVER VALLEY CHURCH
6pm
River Valley Church 1331 High Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Contact us concerning reservations and cost for an Ethiopian Dinner.

 

August 12 – ALEXANDRIA, MN
LAKE COMMUNITY CHURCH – GRACE CAFE
7pm
490 Voyager Drive Alexandria, MN

 

August 14 – LIBERTY, MO
DESPERATION CHURCH
7pm
940 S. Kent Street, Liberty, MO 64068

 

August 15 – LEBANON, MO
SIMPLICITY COFFEE SHOP
6 pm
200 W Commercial Drive, Lebanon, MO 65536

 

August 16 – NASHVILLE, TN
PURDY HOUSEHOLD
6 PM
5006 Perth Court, Spring Hill, TN 37174

 

August 17 – NASHVILLE, TN

THOMPSON STATION CHURCH

TIME TBD
2604 Thompson Station Road ,Thompson Station, TN 37179

 

August 18 – CLARKSVILLE, TN
ONE CHURCH.TV
6 pm
1919 Tinytown Road, suite 500, Clarksville TN 37042

 

August 19 – NASHVILLE, TN 
LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY – Missions Room – Ezell Center
7pm
One University Park drive, Nashville, TN 37204. Accessible from southern Belmont ave

 

August 20 - LEXINGTON, KY
CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
5:30PM
2800 Tate’s Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40502

 

August 21 – 22  - BLACKSBURG, VA  - Event Details To Be Determined.

 

August 24 - KERNERSVILLE, NC
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH KERNERSVILLE
10 am
1130 North Main Street Kernersville, NC 27284

 

August 24 - GREENVILLE, NC
COVENANT CHURCH
4 PM
4000 Corey Rd, Winterville, NC 28590

 

August 25 – NEW BERN, NC

6 PM

303 Belle Oaks Drive, New Bern, NC

 

August 27 – ASHBURN, VA

7pm

43173 Glenelder Terrace, Ashburn, VA 20147

 

August 28 - PHILADELPHIA, PA
WEST PHILLY VINEYARD
Time to be posted soon
123 S. 51st street, Philadelphia

 

August 30 –  MEDIA, PA
BLUE ROUTE VINEYARD
5 pm
425 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063

 

August 31 - CHESTER SPRINGS, PA
CHESTER SPRINGS VINEYARD
10 AM
614 Fellowship Rd, Chester Springs, pA 19425

 

August 31 – POTTSTOWN, PA
COVENTRY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
5 PM
946 Keen Road, Pottstown, PA 19465

 

September 2 OR 3 - BROOKLYN, NY
DETAILS TO BE POSTED SOON.

 

September 5 – EAST PETERSBURG, PA
EAST PETERSBURG MENNONITE CHURCH
7 PM
6279 Main Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520

 

September 6 – MILLERSVILLE, PA
OPEN HOUSE
ZION CHURCH OF MILLERSVILLE
6pm
317 N. George Street , Millersville, PA 17551

 

September 7 – MILLERSVILLE, PA
ZION CHURCH OF MILLERSVILLE
9am Sunday School; 10:15 Worship Service
317 N. George street , Millersville, PA 17551

 

September 7 – LANCASTER, PA
LANCASTER VINEYARD CHURCH
Cookout held at 179 Donerville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603
6 pm

 

September 21 – WELLSBORO, PA
WELLSBORO VINEYARD CHURCH
held at First Presbyterian Church
5pm
130 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901

 

 

September 23 – HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA
MOPS GROUP – GRACE BIBLE CHURCH

 

 

September 25 – BELLEFONTE, PA
Details coming soon.

More Events to be posted soon.

Jul 08

Updated Tour Itinerary

We’re setting out in 4 days to spend 2 months on the road.  Here is updated information on where we will be: EHE TOUR POSTER 2014 small

- If a date says OPEN, it means we are still looking for opportunities in the area, please let us know if you have any opportunities.

- If a date says Pending, it means that we’re still working out the details, but it looks like we’ll be in the area.  Stay tuned.

- If a date says, Location to be Determined, we’ve settled on a date, but working out the details of venue.

Here’s the itinerary as it looks now…Come out and see us if we end up near you!

July

12 – Doylestown, PA – Warwick Community Park. 6 pm. 2045 Guinea Ln
Jamison, Pennsylvania 18929

14 – Kingston, NY – Home Group Presentation (Email info@EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com for details)

15 – 17 – Lewiston, ME – attending Vineyard East Region Conference

18 – Cambridge, MA – Home Group Presentation (Email info@EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com for details)

20 – Rochester, NY – Irondequoit Vineyard Christian Fellowship. 10 am;  2150 Portland Avenue, Rochester, New York 14617

20 – Cambridge, Ontario, Canada – 6 pm; Home Group Presentation (Email info@EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com for details.

21 – 22 – Cambridge and Brantford Ontario Area.

23 – 26 – Greenville, PA Area

27 – Atlantic, PA – Fallowfield United Methodist Church, 9 am, Leech Road, Atlantic, PA

27 – Greenville, PA – Kennard United Methodist Church, 10:15am, Kennard Road, Greenville, PA 16125

29 – Washington, PA - First Lutheran Church, 4 pm and 7 pm, 92 West Walnut Street, Washington, PA 15301

30 – Clarksburg, WV - Connecting Point Church, 6pm, 405 Fowler Avenue, Clarksburg, WV 26301

31 – Columbus, OH – OPEN DATE

August

1 – Indianapolis Area – Pending

2 – Indianapolis Area -Pending

3 – Angola, IN – Sonlight Community Church, 9am and 11 am; 455 N Gerald Lett Ave, Angola, IN 46703

4 – Chicago Area – OPEN DATE

5 or 6 – Wheaton, IL – Home Group Presentation.

7 – Chicago Area – OPEN DATE

10 – Manitowoc, WI – Faith Church – 8am, 9:30am and 11am: 2201 S 42nd St, Manitowoc, WI 54220

11 – Oshkosh, WI – Home Group Presentation

12 – Farwell, MN – Lake Community Church (Grace Cafe) – 7 pm,

14 – Liberty, MO – Pending

15 – Lebanon, MO – Exact Location to be determined.

16 – Nashville, TN – Home Group Presentation.

17 – Nashville, TN – Thompson Station Church

18 – Clarksville, TN – Exact Location to be determined.

19 – Nashville, TN – Pending.

20 – Lexington, KY – Centenary United Methodist Church, 5:30 pm,; 2800 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington, KY 40502

21 or 22 – Blacksburg, VA – Exact Location to be determined.

24 – Kernersville, NC – First Christian Church in Kernersville,

24 – Greenville, NC – Covenant Church, 4pm

25 – New Bern, NC – Exact Location to be determined

26 – OPEN DATE

27 – Ashburn, VA – Exact Location to be determined

28 – 30 – Philadelphia, PA Events – Exact Locations to be determined

31 – Chester Springs, PA – Vineyard Community Church, 10 am, 614 Fellowship Rd, Chester Springs, PA 19425

31 – Pottstown, PA – Coventry Church of the Brethren, Evening,

September
1 – 3 – New York, NY – Pending

4 – Lancaster, PA, Event – Location to be Determined

5 – East Petersburg, PA – East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 7pm; 6279 Main St, East Petersburg, PA 17520

6 – Millersville, PA – Open House, 6pm , Zion Church of Millersville, 317 N George St, Millersville, PA 17551

7 – Millersville, PA – Zion Church of Millersville, 9 am Sunday School & 10 am Worship; 317 N George St, Millersville, PA 17551

20 – Poconos, PA – Pending

21 – Wellsboro, PA – Wellsboro Vineyard Church, 6 pm, Meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901

25 – Bellefonte, PA – Home Group Presentation

28 – Koontz, PA – Pending

Jul 07

Literacy Update

We believe that literacy learning is vital for the moms who are part of the project.  This past year we had 52 Moms who were involved in the literacy program and recently we were able to graduate 17 of them!  It was a great honor as the local government also got involved in providing a literacy certificate for each Mom!

Moms Literacy

 For over half of the Moms entering the project, they are functionally illiterate.  Many of them cannot write their names.  Most of them have only made it through fourth grade.

Literacy Education provides these Moms with new opportunities.  Now they are able to continue in their education.  Now, they are able to grow towards new job options.  Now they have a restored sense of dignity and confidence as they no longer have to sign their name as an X or with a fingerprint.  They have an identity!

 Thank you for believing in the Moms of EHE and partnering with us so that they might grow in literacy.  It is making a difference – one Mom at a time.

Jun 25

Our Proposed Itinerary

One week from now we will be sitting in the Bole Airport in Addis Ababa waiting to travel with all 8 of us back to the US for a 3 month home assignment.   We are getting excited.   We are especially excited to be able to talk with so many great folks about all that God continues to do through Embracing Hope Ethiopia.

After leaving Addis we’ll have a very short layover in Doha, Qatar and then onward to Washington DC.  We’ll then get to spend the July 4th holiday with family and have a few days to take care of important details like renewing our expired drivers licenses, overcoming a bit of jet lag and adjusting a bit to culture shock.

Then on July 12th we head out on the road for a 6,000 mile journey.  I’m sure we’ll have some stories to tell along the way.

While we are still putting the final touches on our Itinerary, here is where to find us while we are speaking about EHE.  In many cases, we are still working out the details of where we’ll be, but at least the general areas are listed below.  Please subscribe to our Facebook page to stay in the loop of where we will be next…as well check back here.

July
12 -13 – Doylestown, PA
14 – Kingston, NY (Home Meeting)
15 – 17 – Attending the Vineyard East Regional Conference in Lewiston, ME
18 – Cambridge, MA (Home Meeting)
20 – Irondequoit Vineyard Church, Rochester, NY (Sunday worship)
21 – Cambridge Ontario (Home Meeting – evening)
22 – 23 – Cambridge Ontario Area
23 – 27 – Greenville, PA Area. Multiple Events. Locations TBD.
29 – First Lutheran Church, Washington, PA (Afternoon and Evening)
30 – Clarksburg, WV (Pending)
31- Columbus, OH Area (TBD) (If you are interested in hosting an event in the Columbus area, please let us know)

August
1 – Columbus, OH Area (TBD)
2 – 3 – Indianapolis IN Area (TBD) (If you are interested in hosting an event in the Indy Area, please let us know)
4 – 7 – Chicago/Wheaton, IL (Multiple Events TBD) (If you are interested in hosting an event in the Chicago Area, please let us know)
8 – 10 Faith Church, Manitowoc, WI
11 – Oshkosh, WI (Home Meeting)
12 – Farwell, MN (Home Meeting)
13 – 14 – Travel Days
15 – Lebanon, MO
17 – Nashville, TN (TBD)
18 – Clarksville, TN
19 – Nashville, TN (TBD)
20 – Lexington, KY
21 – 22 – Blacksburg, VA (TBD)
23 – 24 – Kernersville, NC
24 – Greenville, NC (afternoon/evening)
25 – 26 – Alexandria, VA
27 – Ashburn, VA
28 – 30 – Philadelphia, PA Area
31 – Chester Springs Vineyard Church, Chester Springs
31 – Coventry Church of the Brethren, Pottstown, PA (Evening)

September
2 – 3 Brooklyn, NY
4 – Lancaster, PA
5 – East Petersburg Mennonite Church, East Petersburg, PA (evening)
6 – Open House – Zion Church, Millersville, PA (evening)
7 – Zion Church, Millersville, PA (Sunday School & Morning worship)
8 – Lancaster, PA Area
9 -12 – Altoona, PA Area
13 – 20 – Vacation
20 – 21 – Poconos (TBD)
21 – Wellsboro Vineyard Church, Wellsboro, PA (evening worship)

 

Jun 21

Why EHE wants to visit your church / group this summer…

It has been 3 years since our family last returned to the US.  Actually it has been 3 years since we last left Ethiopia at all.  It has been an amazing time and one in which we have watched God do the amazing and impossible right in front of our eyes.

In 10 days we are leaving for the US to spend 3 months on a home assignment.  We have decided as a family that this time around we need to go on the road to share about what God is doing in and through EHE.  Over 2 months, we’ll travel almost 7,000 miles sharing with churches, small groups, adoptive families and those who are concerned about social justice.  Some will be large groups and others will be small.

Why do we feel it’s worthwhile to pile our family of 8 into a van and live on the road for 2 months?

1.  Because we want to share what God is doing. 

We have so many God stories of what He is doing among the poorest of the poor and to be honest, we love sharing them.  We want to tell the stories, warts and all – of how God continues to draw women and their children to Himself one step at a time.  You can get previews of some of these stores at www.vimeo.com/embracinghope

2.  Because we want to enhance discipleship among believers.  

We love to see believers growing in their walks with The Lord.  We have come to believe that one of the greatest tools to see that happen is to have believers walk among the poor.   By sharing what poverty is and what it is not, it can help set the stage for people to grow in discipleship as they Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God.  We hope that our story can help spark that growth in others.

3.  Because we feel like we’ve learned a few things that we can pass on.

We’ve now spent almost 5 years in Ethiopia, trying to live in close proximity to the poor.  We’ve watched them struggle.  We’ve also been involved in starting a ministry among the poor from scratch and are now seeing it do very well within an environment that is extremely difficult on multiple levels.  We’ve seen teams come who left behind a legacy and we’ve watched as others left dependency and difficulty in their wake.  We’ve done many things wrong and a few things right along the way.  We feel that we finally have something to share with churches and ministries who send teams and are concerned about helping without hurting.  We believe that now we have something to share with individuals who want to partner and walk alongside the poor.

4.  Because we want to provide opportunities for partnership. 

We know that many believers have a deep concern for the poor.  They want to do something to help alleviate poverty.   However, it can be hard to know who to help and when to help them.   As an organization, we are growing and we have a need for more family partners.  We need more people who are willing to provide some financial support while at the same time praying for and caring for a vulnerable family.

5.  Because we believe that caring for the orphan and the widow is critical for the Church.

We have become convinced that God has a heart for the widow and the orphan.  We also have become convinced that the way we care for women and children becomes a strong indicator of how we are following after The Father of the fatherless.  Therefore we want to see churches and individual believers mobilized to care for what is on God’s heart.  We believe that this is a path that leads to deep blessing.   As a ministry we deal with potential orphans and women who have been cast off as widows every day.   We believe God wants to deepen the hearts of believers and churches for the widow, the child, the orphan.

6.  Because we want to invoke faith in others to also step out and follow God’s leading.

Along the way we simply were a family that said Yes to the Lord without any idea of what that was going to mean or what it was going to look like.  We know that sitting in every church and living room in America, there are other people who are asking the hard question of what does God want to do with me.  We want to help inspire people to serve the last, the least and the lost in their backyards and around the world.  We want to see people grab ahold of Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly with God – in a wholehearted, fully lived out sort of way.

Here are some questions you might have if you would be interested in hosting EHE in your area…

1. What does EHE require if our church / group wants to host The Shannons?

- We ask for the opportunity to promote family sponsorships.  This is the bread and butter of our organization and it is what helps us to help more Moms and Children.  This Summer we are growing from 122 children and Moms in our project to 188 children and Moms.  We need individuals and churches who are willing to partner financially.

- We ask for the opportunity to sell fair-trade, Ethiopian made handicrafts.  We use handicrafts as a training tool at Embracing Hope Ethiopia.  It gives our newer moms, or those with disabilities or other issues, an income to provide for their family.  We’ll have necklaces, bracelets, baskets, earrings, Christmas ornaments and coffee that they have made.  By offering these wares for sale, we are employing these moms and raising some proceeds for EHE.  You can see the handicrafts we sell at www.EmbracingHopeStore.com.  We’ll also have some cool t-shirts…unfortunately they are not made by Moms in the project, but we did our best in trying to source ethically made products.

- We ask that your church consider housing our family for a night.  We’re totally fine sleeping on the floor – a roof over our heads is perfect.

2. How does EHE benefit?

We believe that a key component in seeing poverty addressed in Kingdom-focused ways is through awareness.  Our hope is that some who hear about EHE will help us in our continued growth to serve more and more women and children in Ethiopia.  We hope that we will cover all of our new family sponsorships through this tour, be positioned to continue to grow and also have tons more people sharing about us and praying for us.

However, bottom lining it, the way we benefit is to see God glorified.  EHE has always belonged to God.  He is the one who has parted the sea when it needed to be.  He is the One who cares for the moms and children we serve even more than we do.  He is the One who keeps sending the waves and we just try to ride them.  If He is made more famous and glorified – then we will have benefitted greatly.

3. What groups are The Shannons open to sharing with?

We love sharing to all kinds of groups, but here are some of our favorites:

Churches – We love being able to share and challenge churches to grab ahold of all that God has for them.

Social Justice Groups – We love sharing with people who have similar heart and seeing each other empowered.

Adoptive Families – We’ve adopted 3 times now and have a special heart for adoptive families.  We know that you have a heart to sow back into your child’s homeland.

MOPS Groups – As mothers of preschoolers, we find you to be some of the most kind hearted women towards fellow moms of preschoolers who happen to have a different set of challenges simply because of geography.

Small Groups – We love to meet with small groups who are concerned about making a practical difference in the world around them.

Business Groups – We love to talk to business groups who long to see a difference made in a different culture and to see the poor empowered.

4. What if we want to have The Shannons share with our group?

We invite you to contact us at info@EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com.   In some parts of the country our dates are already filling up, but please check in with us.  We especially are looking for folks in Indiana, Columbus, Ohio and Chicago right now.  Please get in touch soon!

 

 

 

Jun 13

New Online Store Launches Today!

Check out our new Online Store showcasing handicrafts made by EHE Moms.  It is found at:

www.EmbracingHopeStore.com

 

For the first 13 orders of $50 or more, we’ll include a free tote bag printed with EHE’s logo when your order ships (styles vary as to what yours will look like. a sample of one style is below).  These were selling in our old store for $15 – $20 each.  But we only have 13 of them left – so hurry.

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These were selling in our old store for $15 – $20 each.  But we only have 13 of them left – so hurry.

You also can view selected items from our store through Facebook.  On our Facebook page, click  on Social Store.  Please spread the word.  Every purchase helps to provide for Moms, preserve families and prevent orphans!

 

Apr 09

EHE’s North American Tour 2014

The Shannon Family is going to be taking EHE on the road this summer/fall and we would love to come share the work of Embracing Hope Ethiopia in a city near you.  Would you like us to come to your area?
Late July through Mid-October. us_canada_map
We are looking for the opportunity to get in front of churches, adoption groups or even living rooms full of people.  We are amazed at all God has been doing in the lives of families who live on the edge and we can’t wait to share it.
The purpose of our tour is to raise awareness about orphan prevention and family preservation as well as to find sponsors for the 66 new families that we will be adding to the project soon.
If you would be interested in having us visit and you can help us to create a place where EHE could be promoted, drop us an email at jerry@EmbracingHopeEthiopia.com .
Help us to start filling in our map!
We are hoping to pull our route together over the next month, so please get in touch soon!
Thank you for helping us to pull together the EHE Tour, Late Summer 2014.

Mar 26

Announcing EHE Spiritual Ministries!

 

Over the past 3  years of our work in Ethiopia, we have seen incredible transformation come to Moms and their children as families were preserved.   God has given us incredible opportunities to share His love in deed daily.  It has been beautiful to offer a holistic response.

However, over that time one area where we have been lacking in our holistic response is a limit on our ability to minister spiritually to Moms and children.  We always have had the understanding that spiritual transformation must occur in order for true transformation from the inside out to take hold.  However, due to a legal separation between development work and spiritual work in Ethiopia, we have been limited in our ability to share Jesus in word.

Ministrylicense - Mar 24, 2014, 1-26 PMBut now, our time has come to be able to start sharing Jesus in word, too.  After 5 months of paperwork, we received our license this past week for Embracing Hope Ethiopia Ministries.  This will give us opportunities to now share the Good News of Jesus Christ in word both here in Kore’ but also in other areas around Addis Ababa and beyond.

Now, we can truly minister the whole Gospel to the whole person – emotional, physical, relational, intellectual and spiritual.

Please join us in praising God for the new opportunities that He is opening up to us both through Embracing Hope Ethiopia Development and Embracing Hope Ethiopia Ministries.

If you would like to give towards the launching of our Spiritual Ministries, please click here and choose General Fund.  In the Notes, you can mark Spiritual Ministries.

Thank you for your continued prayers!

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