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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...

6 comments:

  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!

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  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!

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

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

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  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!

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  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

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