Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Daddy is Home!

Thank you for your prayers!
Daddy arrived home safely...  :)


Here we all are with Daddy on the day he arrived home.  We are holding our Birrs Daddy brought us!

Ethiopian Fun Fact: 16 Birrs = 1 US Dollar 

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Praising the Lord!!



Drawing By: Eden &  Graphic By: Shiloh

We passed court!!

We have been joyfully praising the Lord today as we heard the wonderful news that our two little ones are now officially part of our family! 

Thank you for your prayers and kind comments....  We feel so blest!

Now we're looking forward to seeing Daddy soon, telling him the good news (we've been out of contact), and seeing the pictures he took in Ethiopia!!  :)

Praise the Lord!

And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.... -Esther 5:2 a.



Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Court~

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Hello Everyone!

We wanted to let you all know that tonight in America and today in Ethiopia is our court date for the adoption of T. & A.!

As many of you already know- Daddy is currently in Ethiopia and thankfully we have been able to contact him through FB chat as well as over the phone for a very small conversation (it costs $1.00 per minute!)...  Yesterday (or last night- our time :)), Daddy went to the Care Center and met T. & A

Later tonight (which will be the morning of the 22nd in Ethiopia) Mommy will be calling Daddy to pray with him as he prepares to head over to court.  Following court Daddy will head back to the Care Center and will probably meet the birth families as they say goodbye to the children. 

 
Here are some following things you can be praying for:

~For all the correct paper to be there-- if they do not have all the correct papers we will not pass court.

~That we will find favor in the judges' eyes-- Esther 5:2

~Both birth families will make to court.

~Any meetings Daddy may have with the birth families.

~That we will pass!!

Be sure to check STAAH tomorrow-- Lord willing we will have some news!

"And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah." -Psalm 50:6

Thank you so much for your prayers!  Our family feels so blest by you all!!

In Christ,
~The Big Sister :)



Meeting Daddy~

Last night while we were all sleeping here in the States....


On the other side of the world two little children met their new Daddy...

These are some of the pictures we sent them in their photo albums

We heard from Daddy this morning through FB chat and he "told" us about our new little siblings in Ethiopia!

Enjoy some random facts:

~Daddy says that "Little T" is a whipper-snapper and "Little A" is laid-back...

~They loved seeing pictures of their new family (above) and loved saying "Judah and De-De".

~They loved the wash clothes we sent them.

~All the children loved Daddy when he handed out sugar-free suckers and bubbles at the orphanage.

And the best yet.....

~They bonded well with Daddy!!

And~

They loved his Grey Hair!!
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.  -Isaiah 46:4


We are so thankful to the Lord for His abundant Blessings!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Daddy is Nearly There!!

Thanks to FlightAware we've been tracking Daddy's flight!

He's scheduled to land in about an hour!!

Related Posts: Ethiopia Ho!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ethiopia Ho!

Hello Everyone!

It's almost unreal and yet at the same time it's so amazing to think that our Daddy is going to be heading off to Africa on Saturday!  I wish I were going with him!!  =)

I wanted to type a few important prayer requests here and if any of you dear friends are interested in receiving the full scoop--email us and I'll send you the "large email".

Basically, our major prayer requests right now are:
  • Getting Daddy Ready- We need to make sure that he has all the right papers on/with him!
  • Health
  • Travel- He'll be making two stops on the way there and three on the way back!
  • Safety- Air Travel, Layovers, Driving in Ethiopia,...
  • Bonding- Daddy will be meeting the Little Ones and giving them a photo album of their new family! :)
  • Court Date- Which is the 22nd in Ethiopia, but the 21st here--we'll all be sleeping in the US while court goes on in Ethiopia.
Lord willing I will be getting another update out soon-- and check back for news of when Daddy hits the ground in Ethiopia!

Now to quote my dear mother....


Adoption is such a HUGE spiritual battle. We know that the Lord is in control and that He will not let go of us!! Really, this is His adoption journey for us and we are so blessed and privileged to be a part of what He is doing!
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Thank you all for your prayers!!!

Merry Christmas & Ye Ganna Baal


Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Judah's Thoughts on a New Little Brother! :)

Judah Philip ~~ He's going to be a big brother soon!!
Today, Judah said to me:
"Yie-yo, is "A--" coming home today?   He's taking a long time!"  :)
Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An Early Christmas Gift


An early Christmas present!
What could it be?!

It is the wonderful news that we now have a Court Date!!!  This means that our two little ones in Ethiopia will be legally OURS!
We are scheduled for December 22nd--just before Christmas!
But here's what we'll have to do:
Get Daddy over to Ethiopia on the 20th of December and back home before the 25th... so he can... well... work on Christmas day!

Thank you for your prayers.  Please be praying that everything will go smoothly...

And,
"Merry Christmas!"


Posted By:

~The Second Big Sister

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Little Update

I always know when to update this blog!  It's when more then two people ask me the same question during the week...  "So, how's the adoption coming along?".  Now since several people have either asked me personally or over the email I decided it was time to write a blog post so everyone knows the answer... :)
Eden made these adorable cookies in honor of our little ones in Ethiopia!
So, how is the adoption going along?
Well- right now we are in the "Waiting Mode"...  so basically no news is good news!  :)  We haven't heard anything for awhile, but we do know that we could receive a court date any day...  What an exciting thought!  Since the last update (which was written on October 2nd: "Adoption Update!!") here's the new news:
And that's all for now.... :)

Thank you all for your prayers (please continue them!  The Lord is working in marvelous ways!), comments, and emails.  We appreciate hearing from each and every one of you!

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Adoption Update!!

Shiloh & Bethany in the Lone Star State
Hello All!

I thought I would do a quick update since we haven't posted anything in a long time and some of you have started asking questions (y'all know who you are ;))...  So, for now here is the latest updates!
  • As of September 28th, 2010 the Ethiopian Courts have officially opened so we are now officially waiting (although we have been) for a court date which could come very soon!  So, please be praying that we receive one soon!!
  • We were also notified that our little ones' dossier are complete!  This means that they are ready for a court date!
  • Lastly, if anyone is interested...  Posted Here is the update about our accepted referral on our Agency's blog.  :)
Thank you all for your prayers and Lord willing we will hopefully have another update posted here soon!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Referral!!! And We Said, YES!!!!!

And We Said YES!!!!! 
"Siblings--So Far" ~ Judah (3), Eden (12), Jordan (14), Bethany (16), & Shiloh (19).
Guess what!!  We received some exciting news!!  We received our referral the day after my birthday (what a wonderful present)!!  And after much prayer..................  We said Yes!! 

 ::Drum Rolls Please::

Announcing the newest members of our family:

A precious 3-year-old sister & an adorable 2-year-old brother!!

Praise the Lord!!

As soon as we can- we will post pictures!!


Please continue to pray for us as bring home these little ones!

Posted By:

~The Very Excited, Joyful, Smiling, Happy, Big Sister :) x7 

*Ok- everyone must leave a comment on this post. :)*

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Prayer"


With so many decisions to make our family is often kneeling before the King of kings and praying that we would discover His perfect plan for our lives!  So.... here are some Scriptures we thought we would share on "prayer".

Pray without ceasing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:19

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.  ~Psalm 5:2

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.  ~Psalm 55:7

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  ~Jeremiah 29:12

Here are a few points you can pray about for our family (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

  • That our family would discover the Lord’s perfect plan for us in this adoption journey.
  • That we (especially our parents) would able be able to make wise decisions.
  • Lastly, Ethiopia...  For the many Orphans to be placed, for quick processes, and particularly for the rulers in Ethiopia.  See related post here.  

Check back soon!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's been a long time!



"Remembering the Orphan"
Long time... No posts.... No worries!


Yes, it's been quite a while since we last posted!  But, don't worry... we are still working on this adoption process and we are still continuing to pray for the Lord to show us His perfect will for our life and for our family.  We know that the Lord has the perfect children for our family.  Isn't it wonderful to serve a sovereign God??  :)

I will try to post the next update as soon as possible (I just need to find out exactly what the last we did was called =))...  So stay tuned!
Posted By:

~The Big Sister :) 

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Quick Update...

May 25, 2010 | Today, Daddy, Mommy, and I will be going into town for Biometric finger printing.  We are planning on updating again soon so stay tuned!

June 4, 2010 | Update: Mommy's biometrics were not accepted so she will have to have them done again...  We will keep you posted!

 June 28, 2010 | Update: Mommy had her biometrics done again on June 24th.  Please pray that they will be accepted this time...  She has a 50/50 percent chance that they will/will not be accepted.  Thank you!

July 5, 2010 | Update: Hello Everyone, Thank you for your prayers!  Mommy's biometrics once again were not accepted.  So, she will have to go a different route.  More details to follow later...
Blessings!

~The Big Sister :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

~One Month Anniversary~

Guess What! Today, marks the one month anniversary of when we went onto the Ethiopian Adoption Waiting List!


But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isa. 40:31

And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. Isa. 30:18


Keep an eye on our Adoption Timeline (on the blog's sidebar). Also we added an adoption ticker at very bottom of this blog (scroll all the way down). It's fun to see how much time has passed since we first sent in the Short Application! For those who didn't notice... In addition to everything else we have already added to this blog... we added a few pages! Here is one about Our Family & Here is one with information about Ethiopia.

Until Next Time,

~The Big Sister :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Changes in Ethiopian Adoption Laws

Well... things were going along quite smoothly when a HUGE bump in the adoption road surprised us! In the midst of all sorts of opinions... questions... and lots of confusion.... it appears that there will be some changes in the travel to Ethiopia. There is talk of both parents having to appear in court... there is talk of two different trips to Ethiopia.... and there is more talk. As a family, we have chosen to pray and depend on our Lord Jesus to see us through. We don't have any definitive answers as of yet... so we would really appreciate your prayers right now to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We would really like it if nothing changes at all.... so we are waiting.... We will update when we know more!
May our LORD bless you!
~Cindy

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Adoption Statements

All five of us: Jordan, Bethany, Eden, Judah, & Shiloh - Christmas 2009

For those of you who remember this post you will remember that I mentioned each of us children living at home had to give a statement (for the home study) about our feelings on the adoption... and since we all live at home that meant all of us! Judah didn't really have to due to his age, but if you ask him what his thoughts are he actually comes up with some pretty good answers! His vocabulary is amazing! It's probably because of all his big siblings that well um... talk all the time... :)



So, without further delay... Here (in birth order) are our statements on the adoption!


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I'm sure we will have more updates on the adoption process in the near future! For now the most important prayer request is that God would have the right children for our family and that we would be on the correct list for those blessings!


Until Later,


~The Big Sister :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Little Update...

Hello Everyone,

The last time we updated we had just finished our dossier (see the post), but now we are very happy and excited to announce that our home study has been finished! On Thursday, Mrs. T. (our social worker) signed it, notarized it, and sent it off to IAN which is our Adoption Agency in Colorado. Now that all our paperwork is finished we will be on the waiting lists and as soon as we are on them… we could get a referral any day!! One of the families who commented on the last post asked us “what’s the next big step”? Stay tuned! I’ll update as soon as I know. ;-)

Until Then,

~The Big Sister :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Breaking News!

Do you remember this post that said we only had two more documents left in order to finish the dossier? Well… we are very excited to announce that the dossier is finished!! Mommy is sending the dossier off today and soon it will be on its way to Ethiopia (we shall let you know when it is)! We are very excited and we praise the Lord for always directing our every step in this huge process. Keep an eye on our Adoption Timeline (on the sidebar) and Stay Tuned!

In Christ,

~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Calling Upon Christians to Pray

At a time when orphan babies are dying, and the children of Haiti are in the single greatest need in the history of this nation, UNICEF has worked to shut down all international adoptions.

Now in this important field report from Port Au Prince, Doug Phillips examines the present battle to rescue Haiti’s children in the context of UNICEF’s anti-adoption efforts vs. the work of the Christian community to encourage the Haitian government to cut through the red tape and open the door for legitimate, qualified American adoptions. -From Doug's Blog-



Stay Up to Date:
Breaking News
Doug's Blog

You may also be interested in:
Haiti: A Prayer Request
Praying for Haiti

People Raising Money for Haiti:
A Bowl of Moss & Pebbles
Wild Olive
The Rebelution

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

We're Done! We're Done!!


Hello Friends!

Thank you for your prayers! We finished the third and last home study meeting today! Judah once again kept everyone well entertained during lunch and my favorite questions he asked our social worker was, “Oo want to ee ire roof?” Being interpreted: “Do you want to see Fireproof?” =) For all of us, children our interviews went well. Our “likes” were pretty much the same, but our “dislikes” varied… such as Eden doesn’t like snakes and Jordan doesn’t like blueberry yogurt… Daddy and Mommy were also interviewed and that went well too! We are very excited to have this done and all we have left is the last two documents which need to be signed and notarized, one more reference letter, and then the dossier goes off to Ethiopia. Isn’t that exciting?

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Announcing Meeting #3

Hello Everyone!

We just wanted to let you know that today is Meeting #3—our last meeting with the social worker! Our social worker is coming today to our home at 11:00 AM and should stay for about 4 hours… Today, each of us children will be interviewed. We all had to write an essay about ourselves (physical description, relationship with parents, likes, dislikes, and so on). We also each have to give a statement on how we feel about this adoption. Which shouldn't be to hard… right? =) We appreciate your prayers and will let you all know how it goes!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Praying for Haiti

Many of you may remember this post we wrote awhile back on the Orphanage of BRESMA in Haiti... Mr. Doug Phillips and his team as well as many other Christians have gone to give aid. Currently the death toll in Haiti is 212,000 and there are many, many orphans who have lost everything!
You can follow them on Twitter Here or on FaceBook Here. Also, stay updated by following Mrs. Phillip's blog Here.
Above all remember to pray for the people of Haiti and the Orphans!
Below is a movie about the Orphans in Haiti. It's very sad to see so many little babies crying on the ground with absolutely nothing! I want to just go and take them into my arms and hug them! They have no food... I think this should make us all very thankful for the things the Lord has blessed us with. We have shelter, food, water, family, and extra... these Orphans have nothing.



And here is a movie about a Christian young man who survived the earthquake because his mother used her body to cover him. His arm was amputated and he lost his entire family.

More of Mr. Phillip's Movie Updates can be viewed Here

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. -Psalm 82:3-4

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Just Two More…

We are very excited to announce that we only have two more documents to finish and then Daddy and Mommy have completed the entire dossier! Our last home study is this coming Tuesday and then we could have a referral very soon!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Ergo

I absolutely love baby slings!! When Judah was born Mommy gave me an extra one of hers which I used often and still have for my future siblings and my future babies (if the Lord wills =) )… When Judah was a little older Mommy bought an Ergo Baby Carrier.
One thing that is special with the Ergo is that it has two shoulder straps so the weight of the baby lays on both shoulders… not just one! This is especially helpful for my Mother’s back. The Ergo Baby Carrier also has extra special features like a strapped hood which one can put over the baby when he sleeps. It’s also very easy to take off while the little one is sleeping and very easy to put on.
You can wear the Ergo in the front position, side, or back and it fits babies from newborn to about 40 pounds. It’s very comfortable and easy to move around in. In fact my little brother recently told me that when I get little he’s going to start giving me rides in it!! =) All in all I love the Ergo Baby Carrier!! =)
Riddle Love and our friends the Callis Family of The Home Grown Family are hosting a giveaway of one of these wonderful Ergos! So hop on over HERE so you can enter too!

God Bless You and Happy Baby Wearing!

Posted By:

~Shiloh

This article by Mrs. Allison, originally printed in the Above Rubies Magazine is one of my favorite articles I have ever read on Baby slings and Baby wearing! :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Meeting #3: Canceled

Hello Friends,

We had to cancel our third home study today due to one of us down with the flu. The rest of us girls just got over some colds and everyone is taking lots of herbs and vitamin C! Lord willing the new date for the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2010. We shall keep you updated! For now Daddy and Mommy are watching some recommended movies, we sisters are cleaning the house (isn’t that one of the things we do best? =) ), Jordan is getting well (soon we hope), and Judah is just bundles of fun! Check back soon for our next update!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PTL!

Hello Everyone!

This is just a quick note to let you all know that Meeting #2 went well and we are eagerly looking forward to our third meeting on the third of February.

God bless you all and thank you so much for your prayers!

Be sure to keep an eye on our Adoption Timeline. :) We've been adding more information to it!

Praise the Lord!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Update:


Hello Everyone!

Today is the Second Meeting (out of three). Daddy and Mommy will be meeting with the social worker at 2:00 pm. We would really appreciate your prayers and we are praying that the Lord would lead Daddy and Mommy to have a great interview! The whole S. clan here on the farm is looking forward to hearing about everything and when our parents come back home and we hear how it goes… we’ll let you know!

In Christ,

~The Big Sister :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

An Update...

Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to let you all know that our next Home Study meeting was canceled and will not be this Friday. Instead Daddy and Mommy will be meeting with the social worker on Monday, January 25th (#2 Meeting), and the last meeting (#3 Meeting) will be with everyone on Wednesday, February 3rd. (Details to follow- of course =) ).

Today, we went to the midwife (Naturopathic Doctor) for check ups... Everything went very well and Judah loves standing on the weighing scale! He did a great job of it all by himself with a little help from his big sister... We love our midwives!



Well, that's it for now! May the Lord bless each and every one of you and check back soon for our next update!



Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Home Study #1



Hello Friends,
This is just a quick note to say that our first (of three) home studies went very well! We were blessed to have a CFA social worker who was a home schooling mom and also has been a Christian for 20 years! Judah was quite our talker and kept everyone will entertained during lunch and during her three hour stay we had lots of yummy cookies and tea!
That's it for now... other then that- check back soon because our next meeting will be on Friday (details to follow).
In Christ,
~The Big Sister :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Prayer Request

Hello!

This is just a quick update to let everyone know that we will be having our first home study meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM. We would really appreciate your prayer for this day especially! We will update later to let you all know how it went. Thank you!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

P.S. Happy Timkat!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti: A Prayer Request

Dear Friends,

Our family wanted to give a quick update on our adoption blog for a prayer request. Many of you know about the earthquake in Haiti. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, there are two sisters, Jamie (30) and Ali (21), who have been running an orphanage for three years. The orphanage houses about 120 children. Because of the earthquake Jamie, Ali, and the children have moved to the yard of the orphanage and are running out of supplies (such as diapers etc.)... Most recently they are now out of water and the little ones will not survive without clean water for more than a few days. Please keep the Orphanage of BRESMA in your prayers! Please pray for these children and these young ladies as the Lord leads.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. -Psalm 82:3-4

More Information:
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Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We Are On The IAN Blog!


Hello Everyone!

This is just a quick announcement to let everyone know (who follows or checks) our adoption blog that one of our posts was re-published today on the IAN Family Blog (our adoption agency)! So, hop on over here to see it!

Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Picture Credit

On the IAN blog I found this article about the Christmas Traditions in Ethiopia. I thought it was an interesting read especially with comparing Ethiopian Traditions with American Traditions. Over all my favorite parts of the article is about how the Ethiopians dress in white during this time and the food preparations. :) I'm looking forward to trying to make Ethiopian food! Anybody want to come over and have some with my family?

Article taken from How Stuff Works & IAN Families

Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. It is a day when families attend church.

The day before Ganna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. The shamma is worn somewhat like a toga. Urban Ethiopians might put on white Western garb. Then everyone goes to the early mass at four o'clock in the morning. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.

Most Ethiopians who live outside the modern capital city, Addis Ababa, live in round mud-plastered houses with cone-shaped roofs of thatched straw. In areas where stone is plentiful, the houses may be rectangular stone houses. The churches in Ethiopia echo the shape of the houses. In many parts of the country there are ancient churches carved out of solid volcanic rock. Modern churches are built in three concentric circles.

In a modern church, the choir assembles in the outer circle. Each person entering the church is given a candle. The congregation walks around the church three times in a solemn procession, holding the flickering candles. Then they gather in the second circle to stand throughout the long mass, with the men and boys separated from the women and girls. The center circle is the holiest space in the church, where the priest serves Holy Communion.

Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called ganna. It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.

The foods enjoyed during the Christmas season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served from a beautifully decorated watertight basket onto a "plate" of injera, which is flat sourdough bread. Pieces of injera are used as an edible spoon to scoop up the wat.

Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. The children walk to church services in a procession. They wear the crowns and robes of the church youth groups they belong to. The grown-ups wear the shamma. The priests will now wear their red and white robes and carry embroidered fringed umbrellas.

The music of Ethiopian instruments makes the Timkat procession a very festive event. The sistrum is a percussion instrument with tinkling metal disks. A long, T-shaped prayer stick called a makamiya taps out the walking beat and also serves as a support for the priest during the long church service that follows. Church officials called dabtaras study hard to learn the musical chants, melekets, for the ceremony.

Ethiopian men play another sport called yeferas guks. They ride on horseback and throw ceremonial lances at each other.

Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.



መልካም ገና
Melkam Gena
(Merry Christmas)


Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SALVATION FOR AFRICA

I was recently studying an apologetic topic and I ran across this hymn written by Alice Marie Reynolds (Early 20th Century). Since we've been working on our adoption process for Ethiopia and I've always been interested in Africa I thought it was very interesting to find out that there had been a hymn written about salvation (the topic I was studying) and Africa. I thought I would share it for our Adoption Blog!


Salvation For Africa

Dark land by night oppressed,
Chained by the chains of wrong;
Crying for “Living Bread”
And Gospel light so strong,
With none to bear this light to thee,
I pray, O God, send me
To tell the story ever new.

God’s promises are true,
He will His own defend,
Arise and shine for Him,
Your light ne’er let grow dim.
Salvation’s sound shall yet ring round,
Old Afric’s coast by error bound,
And Jesus shall the victor be.

Let not the cares of earth
Fast bind me to my home;
Break every fetter, break,
I am my dear Lord’s own.
I’ll go where’er His hand may lead,
Doubt not or ever be afraid,
But trust His grace; lean on His Word.

Jesus shall come again,
When this whole world has heard
The Gospel preached and sung;
O Christian, tell the word,
Haste, haste the day when Christ shall reign
As Conqu’ror and Prince divine,
Triumphant o’er this world’s domain.

Click HERE for the music to this hymn.


Posted By:

~The Big Sister :)