We are making all kinds of plans based on a tentative Embassy appointment on February 5th. We hope to make that date firm by Friday, but in the meantime, we're beginning to make reservations and put plane tickets on hold - - it makes it seem so much more real now!
Today we made reservations at the Ethiopia Guest Home. It's a new guest home opened by a family who adopted from Ethiopia, and then decided to make a difference in the lives of even more orphans. Here's a bit from their website:
Ethiopia Guest Home is not going to save the world, but we are going to make a difference one child at a time. We will fund programs that seek to lower the need for adoption. Ministries that seek to de-stigmatize HIV and encourage people to seek treatment will be funded. Single mothers will be assisted with tools, skills, and resources that may be needed to sustain their families. We have partnered with World Orphans, who have contracted to build 15 church-based children’s homes…to support Ethiopians caring for children who may not be adopted internationally. Programs that seek to assist women who are HIV positive to be treated and lower the risk of passing on the virus to their newborn children will be funded.
At Ethiopia Guest Home…it is far more than just a place to stay.
...That, and the part of the website the talked about the free massage, internet access, and fresh fruit smoothies sold us!!