This is the package that carried our hearts through Paris, Dubai, and on to Ethiopia :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Why Ethiopia?

So, why Ethiopia?

-One in six children die before their fifth birthday
-60% of children in Ethiopia have stunted growth because of malnutrition
-1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
-AIDS alone has orphaned 720,000 children.
-Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
-Ethiopia’s doctor to child ratio is 1 to 24,000
-Ethiopia is about twice the size of Texas and has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages.
-I have always wanted a black baby ;)

The statistics are overwhelming. How can you feel like you have made a difference when you are adopting one child and there are millions more who need a mommy and daddy? Well, we will make a difference to that one child. The one little boy that will forever become a part of our family (he is already a part of our hearts). The one little boy that will have a bed to be tucked into by a mommy and daddy who love him. The one child who will be taught the love of Christ from day one...


  1. Hey guys - I just saw this link on Facebook and hopped on over. I'm SO excited for you guys and can't wait to hear more about it! Love you!

  2. We are so thrilled to be a part of this journey with you. We are looking forward to babysitting that little guy whenever you need us. We love you both so much!

  3. we can't wait to meet our little nephew!

  4. God's big picture coming to life! I'm so excited to kiss his little face!

  5. We have friends in Orlando at Summit Church that have adopted two Ethiopian children and are thrilled. They have had them for several years now; if you want, give John Parker a call at Summit and tell him I sent you. He and his wife are close friends. Love you guys and praying for you!

  6. So excited for you guys! We continue to keep you in our prayers. And Eric says he's definitely witnessed you wanted a black baby. :-D