Monday, November 26, 2012

Project Presence Trip

Applications Now Available: 

We are so excited to begin preparations for our next trip to Ethiopia.  Kechene is a slum community within Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, of 50,000+ people.  It has the highest HIV prevalence in the city, with almost 16% of its residents estimated to be suffering from the disease.  Because of the AIDS crisis and the devastating impact of poverty and unclean water, the district is filled with widows and their children, or worse, orphan-led households.  It is not an easy life.  
Because of the extreme poverty and disease in Kechene, it is an area considered cursed. Many locals believe that by making eye contact with a person of Kechene they might catch the curse of poverty. For the precious people of Kechene this creates feelings of worthlessness.
Our goal in traveling to Kechene is to be a loving presence. We go and we show Love to (materialistically) "the least of these." Our desire is to create relationships and debunk the thought that the precious children are cursed but we go to show them that they matter!! They matter to us and they matter to God. 


  On this trip we will also be revisiting the school and children. We will be collecting information for individuals who have sponsored children. We will be there to CeLeBrAtE the end of the school year and continue to invest in the precious children!!

Please prayerfully consider if you are meant to come with us on this life changing trip! For an application for our June trip to Kechene, please e-mail

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What if you spent 80% of your money on food?

With Thanksgiving nearing, we thought it would be interesting to see how much food is consumed around the world. 

Earlier this year, the Food Service Warehouse released an interactive infographic that highlights how many calories are consumed by citizens of 40 different countries and what percent of income is spent on food. The results are striking--Americans spend only 6.9% on food consumption and parts of Africa spend up to 80%. Clearly, the amount and cost of food in America is something to be thankful for.

You can check out the infographic at Food Service Warehouse.

(Photo and infographic courtesy of Food Service Warehouse: "Visualizing the World's Food Consumption")

Monday, November 5, 2012

Oh the Humanity

In this tense and often divisive election season we want to remember that life is more than policies and community is more than political parties. Civility goes a long way, and we hope and pray our humanity stays in the forefront of our minds regardless of political affiliation. Wishing you the best this political season, and freedom from political commercials for at least four years.