Friday, December 10, 2010

Why not give shoes?

Ever since discovering last summer that our family would be a part of the first group with our agency to have to travel twice to Ethiopia,  first to meet our daughter and then again to bring her home, I just knew that there was a bigger plan in order. I took the news and the expense it would take to make two trips,  and made it my mission to get many needed supplies into Ethiopia. SHOES were the number one item that sprang to mind as we prepared for our journey. I would dream about seeing the eyes of a child wear his or her first pair of shoes. I dreamed of going through all the many choices of shoes we have here in our home and packing them up for those who have no choice but to wear nothing on their feet. My prayers were answered as so many supplies and many shoes poured in. Our son, Hayden, made a basic flyer, delivered it throughout a small section of our neighborhood and wah-lah SHOES!

Then within days of bringing Ava home we discovered that she was suffering from hookworn, a parasitic infection that is contracted through the soles of feet that touch the soil. Parasitic diseases plague over 1 billion people worldwide and can have devastating effects on children both mentally and physically while they are developing. Ava had very disturbing symptoms that caused her to cough constantly to the point of vomiting. The symptoms made her sound like a wheezing asthmatic baby since the parasite had gone untreated for the first four months of her life.

Next came an idea again inspired by my heartbreak for those who have no shoes... For my so's birthday we asked friends to consider bringing shoes instead of gifts. It was so much fun and we raised 24 pair of like new or new shoes to send to Soles for Souls since we love their vision and work all over the world!

Let me leave you with this... What a good idea huh- shoes for someone on your list&
while another pair is donated to a child on God's list.
One pair sold= One pair donated!

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Into Our Arms Forever!

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welcome home ava! from melanie Strobel on Vimeo.

Meeting Ava during our first trip to Ethiopia

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Meeting Ava Ethiopia Trip July 2010 from melanie Strobel on Vimeo.

Korah- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

During our recent visit to Ethiopia I felt very called to the village of Korah in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. There have been numerous rumblings lately about the tremendous need to help the children of Korah who are growing up in and around the local trash dump. The village was established 75 years ago as a place to send people with leprosy who were said to be cursed. Now there is a 3rd generation of people living in Korah with nearly 100,000 suffering from such things as leprosy, HIV, misc disease and of course malnutrition. There are many children of Korah who have been forced to live and work at the trash dump in hopes of finding food and possible items to sell in Korah's center of town. With the start of the Great Hope Church in Korah and the building of a shelter, along with the ministry of local Sammy Liben and Sumer Yates, there is now a feeding program and a sponsorship program in place to rescue the forgotten children of Korah and send them to boarding school where they can escape the horror of the conditions of living and working in a large trash dump. For more information please visit: or where you can learn more about how you or your organization can help the people and the children of Korah. Please send me a message or email Erin Allen at to request sponsorship information. I will soon be posting the photos of my day recently spent in Korah. I must tell you it was life changing and beyond anything I have ever done to stretch, change and rearrange myself. God helped me to help the people who I met. Much of what I could offer was nothing more than the snap of my camera or a warm touch or an inviting smile. The needs in Korah are beyond our wildest imagination yet God is over Korah and there is already amazing work being done. I invite you to view the following videos to learn more about the beauty and the needs of Korah's people.


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Hannah's Hope Orphanage- Ethiopia

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