Sunday, August 19, 2012

No Ordinary Love

For over a year, I have been following the newsletters and updates of No Ordinary Love Ministries.  I watched as they expanded their programs and opened their home for children and widows.  I was excited to be able to visit them while we were in Ethiopia. 

On Friday, Sheri, Jayde, Alana, and I participated in their Friday program.  Every Friday the Bentley family, along with the Gross family (founders of No Ordinary Love) lead a community Bible study, song, and playtime for the women and children in their community program. 

Please visit No Ordinary Love's website for information on what they do- it's a wonderful thing!  There are nine children living full time in the home, and over 30 in the community program.  The children are happy, smiling, and eager to learn and have fun.  This is despite the fact that the meal they receive that day at No Ordinary Love may be the only one they get and they walk to the NOL compound with no shoes and holes in their clothes.  I'm not exaggerating.

A translator presents the Bible study in Amharic so all can understand:

A group of children are seen here reenacting the story of the Good Samaritan:

Sheri and I were able to hold babies:
We jumped rope and played ball with the kids:

Alana made new friends:

The women and children at No Ordinary Love are in desperate need of sponsorships.  You can visit their website for information.  Sponsoring a woman or child in the community program is only $25 a month!  For less than the cost of eating out, you can change a life!  It's true, we've witnessed it!  Please consider sponsoring one of these beautiful faces.

For my adoption friends that will be coming to Addis Ababa over the next few months- No Ordinary Love has a great need for children's clothing (especially girls) sizes 5-8.  If anyone could fit donations into their luggage, I can get you in touch with Jimmy Gross or Brittany Bentley to deliver them.

EPC ladies- ready for another sewing date?  Because they would LOVE dresses and shorts donations. 

Please bless someone else as God has blessed you.

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