Some of you have been following the Drawn From Water story. This is an organization that served in southern Ethiopia rescuing children from tribes where they drown them because of superstitious beliefs that they are cursing the tribe.
This group rescued over 30 children in all, built an orphanage for them and cared for their every need. Then a few months ago, through a tragic set of unexpected circumstances, they lost the orphanage.
We have been coming along side DFW by operating their on-line store, selling and shipping t-shirts. We sold over 400, which gives you an idea of what kind of support system they have behind them.
They looked at options to partner with other groups rescuing mingi children. But for Levi and Jessie, one of the couples involved in DFW, the door shut on this kind of work.
They began talking to government officials in the capital city, Addis and after much prayer and consideration, they are now working on plans to bring in street children. From all that I have learned about caring for the orphan, their vision is right on track.
Please go to bringlov.in and learn more about their vision.
After following their blog, what strikes me the most about Levi's posts is the question, "where are the girls?"
Advocating against human trafficking is something God has been stirring in my heart for several months. Steve and I attended workshops at the summit to learn more. I have been researching the topic and involved in some overseas activities in the fight against trafficking.
So when Levi and Jessie's plans began to take on a new focus, taking street kids into homes, I saw this as human trafficking prevention.
And the answer to the question, "where are the girls?" Many of them, about 20,000 per year out of Ethiopia alone, are trafficked out of the country into the slave trade.
With all that said, there was no doubt in my mind that I would continue on with Levi and Jessie in their efforts to now bring in kids off the street and love on them.
We (those of us involved in running the on-line store for DFW) will be working with bringlove.in much in the same capacity. We are honored and so excited to stay by their sides and assist them with getting this project off the ground. I will share more as more unfolds.