Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ministry Highlight: Strong Hearts Ethiopia

We are a locally based organization dedicated to community development located in the southwest area of Addis Ababa.

My wife and I are blessed with the opportunity to be friends with Getinet Teferi, the executive director and founder of Strong Hearts Ethiopia. We can attest to the purity of his heart and the depth of his passion for impoverished families and orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They take the popular saying to heart:

Give a man a fish he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.

They are providing English training, job training, and education to children and teens who would otherwise not get a chance to get it. According to their website Strong Heart's purpose is:

   Strong Hearts Ethiopia is called to:
  • Promote physical and spiritual development among marginalized and disadvantaged people to bring about holistic transformation “from the inside out” for individuals and communities.
  • Inspire hope and grace into the lives of individuals, and nurture the values of sharing, caring, self-respect, self-confidence, and community ownership.
  • Support the growth of community health awareness and assist in establishing safe environments to help communities achieve their development goals for education, health, housing, jobs creation & business development.
I have had the opportunity to serve in this ministry five years ago when they were in their beginning stages and now it is wonderful to see how God has blessed and grown their influence.They have successfully helped several people grow to independence in their careers as well as provided free basic education to hundreds of children in one of the poorest ares of Addis Ababa.

If you are looking for a ministry to support this is a great option. I can guarantee that the money will go to where it's needed. This would also be a great ministry to serve with if you are planning a missions trip to Ethiopia, and most of all it is a great ministry to get behind in prayer.

For more information on what they do, testimonies from people they have helped, and even some sermons to encourage and challenge you check out their website and like them on Facebook.

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