Africa: Take 2

I can't begin to go into detail about all of the ministries we saw while we were in Africa, but here are some of the highlights:

Bring Love In.
Levi and Jessie and their amazingly well-behaved children.  
We actually stayed with Levi and Jessie while we were in Ethiopia.  They were super gracious hosts to a bunch of complete strangers.  (We had originally planned to stay in their guest house, but it ended up being booked by some traveling adoptive parents, so Levi and Jessie opened their home to us.)   
Anyway, Bring Love In is their amazing ministry that works to pair widows from local churches with orphans to create forever families.  I love, love this model.  The kids end up in loving, stable, Christian homes (not institutions!), widows are cared for while also given an amazing opportunity, and future leaders for Ethiopia are raised up.  It's an amazing picture of God's love and care for orphans and widows.  "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families."  Psalm 68:5-6

Embracing Hope Ethiopia.
This ministry is in the heart of the slums of Addis and reaches the poorest of the poor.  Single mothers with little ones here often have to beg or - if they can find a job - go to work with a baby strapped to their back.  Jerry and Christy offer a new option : free daycare.  
Spending some time with the little ones at EHE was a highlight of the trip.  They were precious.  
They provide a safe environment for little ones during the work day so that single moms can have the opportunity to work and provide - thus keeping families together.  They really have thought of everything, from nutritious meals for the kids to hygiene training for the moms to micro loans and savings accounts.  What a picture of grace freely given and new hope for the future.  I can't tell you how much I loved this ministry.  

Grace for Education.
This is the ministry of one of our friends, Chris, who has been spending his summers in Uganda for the past seven years.  He saw that while Uganda was very well evangelized, there was a great need for solid biblical teaching and discipleship.  He and his friend Innocent are beginning a ministry to disciple select young men through seminary and develop teachers and pastors who have a good biblical theology.
They now own land outside of Kampala and hope to begin construction on a house for the men to stay in as they work through seminary.  
Chris and Innocent making plans for the new building.

We saw so many more great ministries that are doing wonderful work with people who really need to hear about Jesus - I just don't have the time to write about each one.  If you're interested in checking them out on your own, here is a list:
You Go City Church in Addis Ababa
Sojourn Church (Acts 29 plant in Kampala)
New Hope Uganda
Ranch on Jesus
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Read about our trip to Africa here and here, too.