Caring for vulnerable children and orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The first person to greet us when we got off the plane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was Pastor Mekebib Desta and his wife, Tigist Tesfaye. Thank you to Alex Shootman for connecting us!
Mekebib leads Emmanuel Light & Life Church and they have a ministry to help children who live on the streets of Addis Ababa. They minister out of their own poverty to help orphans and vulnerable children get their basic needs met and know the love of Jesus.
It’s estimated that over 100,000+ children live on the streets left to take care of themselves. The need here is overwhelming but there are people like Mekebib and his church that are making a difference in the lives of 54+ children every week. They also have church members like Rahel Tamirat and others who are helping orphans and poor children.
Abby and I are looking at practical ways we can support Mekebib and his team’s work here. We loved spending time with kids and seeing the difference this ministry is making. It’s great to the body of Christ at work and I’m grateful that we get to partner together.