Powerful words from an adopted child

UPDATE: Praise God we have seen just over $1850 come in so far towards this amazing goal!  Read more here… UPDATE #2: Just looked again this morning and the total just passed $2700!!! UPDATE #4: Almost there!  The total raised so far is $3400!! My name is Behailu “BJ” Bushnell.  When I was 5, I was adopted from Ethiopia. Now … Read More

Give a kid some shoes

Thanks so much for all of the great ideas on our shoe sourcing problem for the kids in our program here in Ethiopia, we received more than 50 messages from people who are willing to help out with stuffing their luggage full of shoes, we are still sorting through all of the messages now, but its looking like we will … Read More

Happy (not belated) Easter

You might already know this, but it was a surprise to me.  Holidays all around the world are not necessarily on the same calendar, for that matter many countries are not on the same calendar or clock as America’s either, as I sit here and write this in Ethiopia it is the year 2005, and although I am about to have lunch, … Read More

Ready to mess up your life?

I don’t have any way to keep track, but if I had to guess I would say that a nearly half of the messages we receive are from people who want to come and see the work that is happening here, and our response has always been the same… “Soon we will start hosting teams”  It’s not that we don’t … Read More

A hundred things from Ethiopia

Ok, I know, it has been a while. We try to write on here every few days, but oh man has this past week been busy! Who knew that 45 kids was going to be a lot of work right?? Yeah, I guess we should have seen it coming. Anyhow, we are doing good, loving being back in our home … Read More

Goodbyes, a new housemate, and a whole bunch of code

Since we moved to Ethiopia nearly four years ago we have not been back to America for as long as we have been here this time (almost 4 months!), and I have to say we have never been more ready to get back home. If there ever was any doubt that our family feels that home is in Ethiopia now, … Read More

More about creating families

Many of you have heard us share the story, or watched the video of how we are creating families in Ethiopia, it is something that Jessie and I are passionate about so you don’t have to go far into anything either of us say or have written before we start trying to convince you that this model of uniting widows … Read More

Brokenness Aside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01KObXjd0qM Stop your day with me here for a moment, close your eyes and listen to this incredible song. As we prepare this weekend for the 20 children who will be coming into our new forever families over here, I am finding that this song perfectly fits the moment. God is truly taking brokenness aside for these orphans, and placing … Read More

Yesterday, today and forever

A few days ago, on that wonderful day when we were certain that our final approval was going to happen, I was driving through town on the way back to the office from the store and my phone rang.   I pulled the car over to the side of the road (yes, there are cell phone while driving laws here … Read More

On Friday in Ethiopia

This was the sun that rose in the East. This was the coffee grinder that lost it’s lid. This is the lake the formed on our street. This is the furniture factory where we looked for couches. These are the men who made the couches. These were the stairs that led to the “showroom” This was the boss who gave … Read More