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Man Up Mission Trip, January 2018
Sometimes God asks you to travel 8,384 miles to open your eyes. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is exactly that distance- and my eyes were opened to children happy and full of joy, even while living in extreme poverty. To understand their joy, you have to understand their faith and their family's faith. Faith in a Great God. Faith that is true to the words in Philippians 4:19 - Their God will meet all of their needs.
In 2014 one of the founders of One Love listened to this same God and obeyed, not knowing His plan for her life. Soon she understood and again obeyed. Today over 300 pre-school children are receiving an education, nutrition and clean water for their family with the direct efforts of four amazing Coloradans and an unbelievable Ethiopian staff. Earlier this month I met each and every one of the students, and I was the one being Blessed. I didn't go because they needed me, I went to see how they could achieve so much joy with so little…in fact, they have a lot. They have immediate family that loves them, neighbors that look after them, school administrators that care for them, nourish them and educate them. They are valued in their communities, and they have a great future ahead of them because of their educational opportunities being provided. Educational opportunities being provided, in part, by generous donors. Donors not looking to give because it makes them feel better, helping those "poor" people. No, but donors that understand that what has been generously given them, truly comes from God. Generous donors intentionally directing their resources for the good of others, for God's children, their brothers and sisters with John 15:12 always in their heart. God is speaking to you, He will never stop. Can you hear Him? In 2018 take time to listen. In 2018 I would love for you to learn more about One Love. They are loving God's children well over 8,300 miles away and those children are changing lives right here, every day. If you feel you are being led, please prayerfully consider supporting such a wonderful organization.