Friday, October 30, 2009

Updated List and Gift Ideas for YWAM Families

Updated list of all available children/adults/widow's to be sponsored. I divided them into two groups.

Need to be sponsored with a 3lb gift.

Epherem Kibru Male, 17
Kaleab Getu 18
Binyam Fekadu Male, 14
Dawit Tadesse Male, 14
Dawit Teshome Male, 13
Yohannes Teshome Male, 12
Mena, Female, 22
Lidya Female, 21
Jerusalem (Kimia) Female, 19
Alem Kedani Female, 19
Ababa G’Hiwot female, 20
Tsehay Female, 19
Roman Female, 18
Abdissa Tadessa Male, 29
Likelesh Geda Female, 70
Dinke Aliton Female, 66
Gette Gemechu Female, 78
Mamite Nemo Female, 78
Yetnebersh Gema Female, 65
Amina Rebo Female, 65

Need to be sponsored with a $25 donation and a Christmas Card including stickers, small toys ect. (whatever will fit in the envelope).

Abdissa Male, 5
Tamarit Male, 3
Yonas Male, 5
Tesfaye Male, 8
Mihiret Female, 6
Arsema Female, 6
Ytbarek Male, 8
Mesulu Female, 11
Dejen Male, 8
Assefa Male, 7
Abebe Female, 6
Hana Female, 4
Berhanu Male, 7
Tarikua Female, 7
Endale Female, 8
Tsion Female, 3
Tzibt, Female, 2
Besufekad Male, 2

Abraham Male, 7

Also several of you have asked me for a ideas for gifts. I spoke to Joy and these are the ideas she gave me.

  • Board games .... because of size, maybe travel games like Sorry, Checkers, Battleship, Guess Who.
  • For the older girls, nail polish, files, polish remover pads; hand/body cream, new, nice tooth brush and small tooth paste; lip gloss in a nice little zipper kit. (I save bags I get from Clinique or Mary Kay, for instance)
  • They have backpacks for school, but they might enjoy a school zipper bag with a nice mechanical pencil (and led) and pens (different colors) and maybe a small drawing pad.
  • Polo shirts or t-shirts for the guys ... Christian t-shirts especially for both boys and girls.
  • Cross/Christian necklaces for both boys and girls. Inexpensive watches.
  • Bracelets and hair stuff (for Black hair) as all girls like to look pretty!
  • A new pillowcase!
  • For the two younger girls .... do they make paper dolls anymore? Or a simple craft kit. A pretty skirt (on the longer side). New flip-flops that are pretty. Pretty shirts, new jammies.
  • Stuffed animal
  • Small hard candies (so they don't melt or break)
  • Small sewing kit, deodorant, new toothbrush, tooth paste, breath mints/gum, chap stix ... could be stuck in with something else
  • Sweats are easy because they don't have to fit perfectly.
  • DVDs (go for it! .... they like all kinds; what your kids would like .... super heros, Christian stories, animations). Their English is quite good, especially receptive. I am sure those who are doing this project would use discretion as to content.
  • For Abdissa (the director .... not sure he is on there) a nice Bible cover/carrier, pads to write on, nice pen, cell phone case for his belt, new belt, cotton shirt (he is a medium) long or short sleeves (no iron would be fabulous), sweater vest, new tie, socks, wallet
  • Socks! The boys would enjoy athletic socks, the girls pretty, unique ones
  • Flash lights. Electricity is only on every other day. The boys might even enjoy those head lights. That way they could read at night.

 I hope this helps those of you who are buying gifts. Also I will be sending this out in an email with the address to mail your gifts to included. Please check your email. Thanks!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Just Checking In! (updated with correct number)

We only have 16 Days to get all of the YWAM kids taken care of! We still have 39 kids to get taken care of.  PLEASE forward our blog information to anyone that might want to help. We need to get these kids taken care of so that the families will have time to mail the gifts or cards and donations to me.

Email me at if you need more information!!

In Christ Alone,


Friday, October 23, 2009


I have been writing this update in my head for a week, I have had a hard time wrapping my head around this all so that I can condense it to a form that other people will be able to digest.

I am going to just go over what we are doing for the YWAM from start to finish, that way if this is your first time on the website you don't have to go on a "fact finding hunt".

We are sponsoring children and widows out of Ethiopia that are connected to YWAM (Youth With A Mission). There are three groups of children/widows that we are sponosring.

I am breaking this down into to different catagories. The first catagory is the groups we will be sending GIFTS to.

We are seding gifts to one of the groups of children and to the widows. First, there are the children/young adults at the YWAM Mercy Devolopment. These are children/young adults that we need families to send 3lbs worth of Christmas gifts. You may click "here"  to see a list of these children. Some of the children have already been spoken for. The ones that still need to be matched with a Christmas Family are:
Ababa G’hiwot
Alem Kedani
Binyam Fekadu
Dawit Tadesse
Dawit Teshome
Epherem Kibru
Girma Garado
Jerusalem (Kimia)
Samuel Kader
Yohannes Teshome
Yohannes Wendesen

These children and young adults are in the system but for one reason or anohter can not be adopted. The older children have "aged out" of the program but they still deserve a great Christmas. Please pray about sponosring one of these children.
We are also buying GIFTS for the widow’s. I know this might be different than what you read before. But we have had a few adjustments and we can now send gifts to the widow’s. The limit for all gifts is 3lbs. This is so that we have room to get everything to Ethiopia in a limited amount of space (and weight). You can see the widow’s by clicking "here"  . All of the widow’s are still available. These women have seen, felt, and endured a lot in their lifetime; help us make sure that they feel the love of Christ this Christmas.

For the other two groups of children we will not be sending gifts. We will be looking for families to make a $25 donation to Operation Giggle and the send a Christmas card to the child. The Christmas card can include whatever you can fit in the envelope; such as stickers, hair bows, pictures, and other small items. With the $25 donation you send we will be having the older children from YWAM Mercy Development go and purchase gifts for the other children. This allows us to save on shipping as well as giving the YWAM kids the opportunity to give rather than receive. Joy at YWAM feels like this is going to be an awesome emotional and spiritual growing experience for those children. I know that it is “more fun” to pick out the gifts yourself but we need sponsor’s that are willing to realize what a great opportunity this for those older children and become sponsors. Your donation can be made on this site by clicking the “donate now” button. Please email me first to be sure that the child you want to sponsor is still available. Then donate and include the child’s name in the Note section of your donation. You can also email me to get the address to mail in a check or money order made out to Sarah’s Hope . I will be sending out an email with the address for you to mail the cards to.

The two groups we are supporting with the $25 and Christmas Card are the children at YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home and the children from the village of T’ede.

You can click "here" to read the profiles of the Widows and Orphans home children. These children are adoptable and I can not put their pictures on the web. I can email you a picture of the child you want to sponsor at your request but this picture can not be posted anywhere on the web EVER. This is against adoption rules and could cause major problems. There are also some members of the staff and missionaries listed that you can sponsor for Christmas gifts.

The children/adults that are still available from this list are:

Tsehay (worker)
Roman (worker)
Abdissa Tadessa (director)

Please email me to sponsor one of these children.

The children from the T’ede village are children who live with their families but depend on YWAM to provide them with support for food and basic living expenses. You can click "here"  to read the children’s profiles and pictures. All of these children are still available to be sponsored.


Please email me if you would like to support one of these children.


We also would love to send money for food. The donations for food are not on a tight deadline and we will be accepting them until further notice.

One last note, there are 25 other children who are part of a new program. There are 25 of these children. You can click "here"  to read all about them. I would love to help these children. For $25 we could get them all a new outfit and some better shoes. I want all of the children we have taken so far covered before I add these 25 children. So if you were waiting to the last minute to take a child please think about going ahead and doing it now so that I can add these sweeties!

Thanks for reading this VERY LONG BLOG! Have a great weekend!

Because of Christ,


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Children from T'ede

 We have another group of children to be soponsored. These sweeties live in T'EDE. There is more information about the village below. Please email me if you would like to sponsor these children with a $25 donation for a gift and by sending in a Christmas card for the child (packed with stickers, toys and whatever you can fit in the envelope of course!).


T’ede (teh’ – day) is a village where the people farm for a living. Most of the farms are small subsistence farms and the people are poor. YWAM’s outreach to T’ede is done from the Adama Widows and Orphans Home and seeks to bring relief to the very poorest of the poor. The orphanage director, Tezera, was raised in this village and her sister’s husband is the only pastor there.


Abebe is 6 years old and lives with her mother (her father is deceased) who in unable to provide income for the little family. She likes pasta and orange juice and loves to play ‘running rope.’

Besufekad is 2-years-old. He is an active little boy who likes to play. His family is extremely poor and they count on the monthly sponsorship of a family in the U.S. to meet their needs for food and clothing.

Hana is 4 years old. Her mother was a young schoolgirl when she gave birth to Hana. She had to quit school to care for her daughter and continues to live with her widowed mother working as she can as a daily laborer.

Tzibt is 2 years old and she was born to a mother who abandoned her to the care of her grandmother. Her father is unknown. Her grandmother sold alcohol or begged to try to earn money.

Tsion is 3 years old and has a mother who is alive. They live in the village of Tede. Her mother gave birth to Tsion after she was raped and gave Tsion her grandfather's name instead of her father's, as is customary. Tsion's mother works as a daily laborer and makes about $.80 a day, which is approximately $16 a month.

Endale is 8 years old and lives in the little town of T’ede. She lives with her extended family who are unable to provide income for themselves. Sponsorship provides her with food and school tuition.
7-year-old Abraham’s father died in military service when he was 3-years-old leaving him and his mother without any income or means of support. His mother is a daily laborer and, on a good day, can earn 15 birr, or less than $2.00 a day. She has been struggling for four years to try to provide food and shelter, but has been asking the Lord to please help her.

Tarikua is 7 years old. Her mother has no husband and works as a daily laborer which barely provides enough to keep her family alive.
Berhanu is 7 years old and lives with a relative in T’ede. His father and mother died of HIV related causes and his grandmother is unemployed and cannot care for him. Berhanu is HIV+ but is responding well to the antiviral medication he is receiving

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Day Update

I wanted to give all of you New Day supporters an update on where we stand and what we still need. As I said before all of the children have been taken care of but we still need your help!

So here is a list of what we still need:

1. We need prayer that God will meet all of these other needs!!

2. We still need to raise at least $1250 for shipping and we need to raise as much extra money for the milk program as we can.

3. We need donations for an online Raffle that we will have going on through the month of November. I have two dresses right now. If you have any ideas please let me know!

4. We need volunteers in the Cleveland, TN area to meet on Saturday December 5th we will be having a Gift Wrapping/Packing Party for the New Day gifts. I need lots of help! I am hoping to get a local radio station to do a live remote.

5. We need a place that is big enough to do the wrapping and packing that also has room for refreshments and preferably a garage door so it will be easy for the shipping company to pick it up on Monday. If you are near Cleveland and have any ideas please let me know!

6. We need two 20lb 4x4 pallets to ship the gifts on.

Other Important Information:

The deadline for all gifts to be in my hands has been changed to Friday December 4th (remember this is for New Day only).

Everyone that I had down as a Christmas Family for New Day should have gotten an email from me verifying which child you have and that we had the correct contact information for you. If you did not get one of these emails please email me at

Please let me know if you have any questions!



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Meeting Results and Dress Raffle (Updated to add dress size!)

The meeting went well we had a good turn out especially since it was very short notice. We got all of the donation boxes made and I hope to get them placed in the morning. Things are very busy around my house right now. My husband is in MAJOR training for work until December 11th. He is leaving early in the morning and doesn't get home until pretty late most nights. Also getting the kids back into the routine of school after a week off sick and a week off for Fall Break is interesting to say the least! All of this coupled with it being the fourth quarter which is the one time of the year that I am expected to put in full time hours translates to it being a bit crazy around here! With that said, if you send an email or make a comment and I don't respond immediately please don't think I have went MIA...I'm probably just trying to find my computer that is hidden by some stack of paperwork to be completed!

On another note, we have had two dresses donated by a very generous lady named Kathy. This is the first beautiful dress! This is a size 2T and it is handmade! We will hold a raffle for this dress beginning Monday. For every $3 you donate your name will be added to the hat once. I will draw a winner on November 1st. Thank you for your participation!


Friday, October 16, 2009



I know many of you are not close enough to come to this meeting but for anyone in or around Cleveland, TN we will be meeting on this Sunday October 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

We will meet at Fairview Worship Center in the fellowship hall.

The address is:
5545 Runway Dr NW,
Cleveland, TN 37312

It is not hard to find. If you are on North Lee Hwy going toward Charleston you will see North Lee Bowling Lanes on the left. Take the first left past the bowling alley, then take your first right follow that road and it will circle around right in front of the church. We will be in the brick building.

At this meeting I will answer any questions you may have we will also be making donation boxes to place in local businesses, places of worship, or other public places. I would also like to make some sponsor information cards with the children's pictures and information on them.

We don't want to have to spend any of the raised money on this so I need people to volunteer to bring the following supplies:

you can see examples of what we need by clicking on this link . (The one with the red or pink bow).

Wrapping Paper:
Preferably Christmas wrapping paper or blank wrapping paper that matches the Operation Giggle header at the top of this page.

That matches Operation Giggle header at top of this page.

Other gift wrapping supplies such as tape and scissors. Please email me by Saturday night and let me know if you are bringing supplies so we do not have to purchase these out of our fund.

Also for the sponsorship cards we could use Christmas themed scrapbook paper, adhesive, and paper cutters, if we don't have donations of these things we will not make the cards, I am not willing to spend any money from the fund for these cards. I want to be a good steward of all God gives us!

If you are from Cleveland and know of a place that we can put one of these boxes please let me know. We hope to have a great turn out! God Bless You all!


The Widows of YWAM-Adama (updated)

These are the six widows in the Widows and Orphans Home-Adama. If you would like to sponsor one of these six women please email me at Sponsor's will be able to buy a gift for these 6 widow's.

Likelesh Geda
70 years old

Dinke Alito
66 years old

Gette Gemechu
78 years old

Mamite Nemo
78 years old

Yetnebersh Gema
65 years old

Amina Rebo
65 years old

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reinforcements have been called in!!!

Can I just say Yippee Jesus! (BTW I stole that from a fellow blogger...I love it, it just describes how I feel so much of the time I can't help but say it! Sorry "L"!)

My Dad has told me since I was old enough to understand English that if it were important to me it is important to God. This morning I was reminded of that loud and clear. Yesterday not one child was sponsored. I was a little forlorn but I knew they would be taken in God's time not mine.

I started thinking about all the things I need to do and I was a little overwhelmed. Last night I thought "I wish I had some Operation Giggle supporters who lived close by." But I have my family and Tara and a few other "adoption minded people" so I decided to call the pity party off and get busy. Then this morning I got an email from Chrystie, she is Kelly's (from ) sister (one of several I've learned :-) Well Chrystie gave me her number and I called and we talked for a long time and it turns out Kelly has a huge group of supporters here in Cleveland and that means I will have lots of help with Operation Giggle. Hallelujah! God is on time! So if you are part of the "Kelly Brigade" and this is your first visit to Operation Giggle WELCOME! I hope that you find all of the information you need, if not email me at and I will help you in anyway I can. Let's get busy being HIS hands and feet for these children!

In Christ Alone,


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More YWAM children! (Edited)

Edited Friday 10/16/09 to add another child and the Director to the list!

These are Children who need sponsors to make a $25 donation and send a Christmas card. We can not post pictures of these children because they can be adopted. I can forward pictures once you decide to sponsor a child but these pictures can not be posted online for ANY reason. If you decided to sponsor one of these children we ask that you make the donation on line through our secure PayPal donation button or buy emailing me at and mailing your donation to the address I provide no later than November 10, 2009. Here are the children and their stories:

Name: Abdissa & Tamarit

Ages: 5 ½ and 3 ½
These brothers were brought to the orphanage director’s home by their mother, who battles mental illness. She cannot provide for them and asked that YWAM find a loving family for the boys.

 Names: Tesfaye, Bilusuma & Mihiret
Ages: 8, 7 and 6
The boys’ mother died of AIDS and their father is struggling to provide for them. He is also raising his niece, Mihiret. He cannot earn enough to meet their needs. These kids are high energy and lots of fun!

Name: Beza

Age: 8
Beza’s parent’s are in jail for the next 15 years and her aging grandmother cannot care for her. They left her at YWAM’s orphanage in hopes that a family could adopt her.

Name: Cherinet
Age: 6 ½
Cherinet’s parents died when he was a baby. His 11 year old sister tried to care for him but was overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for and caring for him. A family promised to take him but then changed their minds. YWAM took him in to their orphanage.

Name: Yonas
Age: 5
Yonas’ father was killed and his mother was left in extreme poverty. She brought her little boy to YWAM’s orphanage asking that he be chosen for adoption by a loving family able to give him a future.

Name: Arsema and Ytbarek
Ages: 6 and 8 ½
These siblings lost their father to tuberculosis six years ago when Arsema was a tiny baby. Their mother had a heart condition that left her unable to care for her two youngest children – they are the youngest of nine.

Name: Mesulu, Dejen and Assefa
Ages: 11, 8 and 7
The parents of these siblings are both dead – the mother died of HIV and the father died in an accident. They arrived at YWAM’s orphanage in a very malnourished state. Their aging grandfather brought them because he was unable to take care of them and requesting that a Christian family adopt them.

Name: Kalkidan

Age: 5 ½
Kalkidan has been lovingly cared for, until very recently, by her grandmother and mother who was widowed three years ago. She has an older brother who is 17. Her father died of AIDS and her mother also has AIDS, which makes her an outcast in Ethiopia and with no income.

These rest of these are not adoptable children but we would like to sponsor with a $25 donation and a card anyway they are:

Name: Kenli
Age: 10
Kenli is the daughter of an American missionary mom who is serving and living at YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home. She is being homeschooled by her mom and learning firsthand about a life of service in a foreign country! (Her grandmother said she is absolutly not up for adoption! :-) I am sure her Mom feels the same way!)

Name: Tsehay

Age: 19
Tsehay was an orphan herself and adopted by YWAM’s orphanage director, Tezera, and raised as her daughter. She now works for YWAM’s Widows and Orphans Home caring for the children as a nanny. She is a good cook, too!

Name: Roman

Age: 18
Roman was also an orphan who Tezera took in. She ran away from Tezera’s family, had a child which she abandoned, and eventually returned to Tezera to ask forgiveness. She is also working as a helper at YWAM’s orphanage.

Name: Abdissa Tadessa

Age: 29
Abdissa is the YWAM Children's Home Director. We want to thank him for the work he does by sending him a gift package also. The sponsor family for Abdissa may send an actual gift.

Thank you Becky for all of your help getting this information together! Please forward this information to your family and friends so we can get all of these kids taken care of! Thanks guys!


In Christ Alone

This morning as I get ready to go outside of my comfort zone and go speak on the radio about Operation Giggle I can't help but think about an awesome hymn. In Christ Alone. The first verse says all I need to know. He is my hope, my light, my strength, my song, my cornerstone, my solid ground. No matter what storm I face He has heights of love and depths of peace! The last part says When fears are stilled, when striving cease, My comforter, my all in all, Here in the love of Christ I stand! I am so glad that I have a God who holds me in His hand.

We have had 9 children spoken for as of this moment in the YWAM group. Please continue to forward information to your friends and family, post links on your blog, and most of all pay for provision of our needs.

If anyone that is near TN has access to a 20lb pallet (2 to be exact) we need them! We also still need shipping funds for NEW DAY!

Our God will provide I have no doubt!

I leave you with the lyrics of "In Christ Alone"

God Bless!

In Christ Alone,


"In Christ Alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tying up lose ends with the New Day sponsor's...and trying to unravel the new project...

Hi everyone I am excited about the feedback I have gotten since I posted this morning. We have 4 of the Ethiopian children spoken for.

Ejob Tesfay, Yamiakwork Getu, Melat Fekadu, and Bethlehem Tesfay are spoken for. All of the other children are available.

On the NEW DAY front I sent out emails today to each Christmas Family verifying the child you have. Please make sure you get the update and respond to it so that I will know that I got the placements correct. My inbox has been on fire the last few weeks and I have made a few mistakes. I think I've gotten them all corrected now thanks to some really flexible sponsor's. ;-)

I am getting an email together right now to send the Christmas Families that includes the shipping address for the gifts. If you want to help with shipping for New Day PLEASE donate with the button on the side of this blog. We need to get some funds in so I can order the boxes. I will be on the radio tomorrow trying to drum up local support you can tune in by clicking this link: and clicking on Listen Live. It will be at 8:15 EST. Pray for me. I am a little nervous!

Thank you all for your support and prayers!

In Christ Alone,


Ethiopia here we come!

If you just come to this site to look at the cute pictures and get in the Christmas Spirit this post might not be for you but if you have ever been bowled over by Jehovah Jireh (God our provider). Then you just jump on this joy train and take a little ride with me.

First I want to quote Ephesians 14:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

As I write the post I want it to be known that the success of Operation Giggle is not to be accredited to me AT ALL! God did all of this. He took over and this thing is ALL ABOUT HIM. I wouldn't be alive without him and I wouldn't get out of the bed in the morning with out a fresh dose of JESUS! I don't believe in religion, I believe in a relationship and although our relationship is not always what it should be because of my failure God loves me and he is always waiting to meet me where I am.

Now that I've given the credit to the one who deserves it I just want to say WOW!!

Yesterday was amazing. I woke up yesterday morning with one thought "almost all of the kid's are spoken for, what now?!" I just knew that God wasn't finished showing out but had NO CLUE where to go next.

God spoke loud and clear. First I was convinced that I would not add any other children until the ones I started with at New Day were taken care of. I decided to "lay out a fleece" I asked God to make sure all of the children were taken by the end of the week if his will for this ministry was to help additional groups, well guess what....God took care of all of those children in ONE DAY!

So now what? Well just like Jabez I (1 Chronicles) needed God to enlarge the borders of Operation Giggle.

Well already God has granted what I asked. We have more children to sponsor.

The first thing I want to say for those of you who love NEW DAY like I do is that NEW DAY will loose nothing because of this. If you make a donation on-line you can put NEW DAY in the notes area and we will "dog ear" that money for the NEW DAY project. Any money I have left over from "dog eared" funds will be sent to the NEW DAY MILK MONEY program. However I believe that I have been called to help all orphan's not just orphan's in China so we are enlarging our borders to include Adoption Ministry of Youth With A Mission Ethiopia or YWAM Ethiopia.

I found this ministry on "this" blog of a friend of a friend. She is in Ethiopia right now with her daughter and as I was reading about the need I had to call and at least see if we could help. So I did and we can!

Click "here" to view the blog for the YWAM Ethiopia ministry.

We will be sending gifts to 23 children and young adults from 2.5 years old to 22 years old (and one young lady on the staff). These children are with the Mercy Development division of YWAM. The young adults are kept in the home until they get a job and establish a stable life for themselves. We will also be looking for families to make a $25 donation and send a Christmas card (and whatever will fit in the envelope with the card i.e. stickers, ect.) to 22 children, widow's, and staff at the Widow and Orphans Home in Adama. I am going to do a post with the profiles of the 23 children and young adults before this one so scroll down to see the beautiful children that need sponsored. I will not be able to post pictures of the 22 children that need donations because of law's in Ethiopia. However I will be posting profiles and names of these children as soon as I have them and I can email you their picture as long as you are careful to make sure it is NEVER posted on the internet. This request was made by the Ministry we are working with and they said it is VERY important that everyone understand these "adoptable" children CANNOT have pictures of them posted on the web. The deadline for these gifts and donations is November the 15th. The reason for this early deadline is that there is a group traveling to Ethiopia that has agreed to take our gifts with them. This means that we will just have to pay the fee for extra baggage. If we keep the gifts to 3lbs each then we should be able to fit it all into two bags which will cost us $500 in shipping.

Joy at YWAM said that there is also a huge need for funds for food at the homes. There is not a food shortage but because of inflation the poor cannot afford to buy the food. I am working with her to see how much it would cost to feed these children for one month. I know that I am taking on a lot but I feel that God is capable to do that and so much more. I would love for the whole month's food supply for January (which is when they celebrate Christmas) to come from Operation Giggle. I can't do this alone but I trust God to lead the right people to join with me in this new task. I just can't imagine hungry children giggling. So we must feed them first! I praise God for all of his goodness and for allowing me to watch him be BIG for these orphaned children and widows.

I am sure you will have lots of questions, please feel free to email me at also, I will be labeling posts about this program with Ethiopia and I will go back and label the New Day project with China so that if you want to only see posts about one or the other you can search for those words from the left side of my blog. Please let others know about this opportunity!



The Children and Young Adults of YWAM Mercy Development

The Children and Young Adults of YWAM Mercy Development

Please email me if you would like to sponsor one of these children.

Full name: Ababa G’hiwot

Sex: female

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Axum

Background: She doesn’t have any family and had been living with her aunt. Due to persecution she left her aunts home and worked in households of people. Through a friend she found to YWAM MD.

Situation: She is attending grade 11 at school. She likes to read fictions. For the future she would like to be a supporter of children.

Full name: Alem Kedani

Sex: female

Age: 19

Place of Birth: Bahir Dar

Background: She had been living on the streets for six years until YWAM MD met her.

Situation: She is attending grade 7 at school. After ten years she was able to meet her mother who is HIV positive.

Full name: Bethlehem Tesfay

Sex: female

Age: 9

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: Her mother died tragically when she was about two years old. She doesn’t know her father. She has one older brother.

Situation: At school she is attending grade 2. She speaks already very good English and likes talking to foreigners, who are visiting YWAM. She is a joyful girl and meets people in an open-hearted way.


Full name: Binyam Fekadu

Sex: male

Age: 14

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: He had been living on the streets on and off before he came to the center of YWAM MD. It is not sure yet who is his mother and sister.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 5. His passion is especially for his pigeons on the compound which he feed and care for. For the future he would like to become a doctor.

Full name: Dawit Tadesse

Sex: male

Age: 14

Place of Birth: Gende Beret

Background: He has all family members and is the brother of Abdissa.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 5. He likes English and Sport. At church he is involved in the youth group.

Full name: Dawit Teshome

Sex: male

Age: 13

Place of Birth: Gondar

Background: He has no family. When his mother passed away the neighbors cared for the children. But after some time they brought them to YWAM MD because they couldn’t afford support anymore. His twin brother Yohannes is also with Mercy Development.

Situation: He is attending grade 5 at school. He is eager to study and likes to present what he can. In the future he wants to become a teacher.

Full name: Ejob Tesfay

Sex: Male

Age: 2.5

Birth place: Addis Ababa

Background: He had been living on the streets with his mother until YWAM MD took both into the center. Now they live in a rented house supported by YWAM MD.

Situation: He is an active and joyful boy and the youngest of all

Full name: Epherem Kibru

Sex: male

Age: 17

Place of Birth: Nazret

Background: His family was very poor and he left when he was 4 years old to live on the street. After seven years YWAM MD met him and brought him to the center.

Situation: He is attending grade 7 at school. He is longing to go the way which God has prepared for him. He loves spending time in prayer and can imagine to work as a missionary. At church he is a singer and started a prayer group for the youth

Full name: Eyob Belchew

Sex: male

Age: 17

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: His family passed away and he had been living on the streets for five years. He has one sister.

Situation: He is attending grade 6 at school. He loves to make music and plays the piano at church. He joined the choir at the church. For the future he wants to become a technical engineer.

Full name: Girma Garado

Sex: male

Age: 16

Place of Birth: Djebouti

Background: He has two brothers, his parents passed away several years ago. Due to that he had been living on the streets for five years. YWAM MD met him on the street while giving bread and tea in the night and took him into the center.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 8. His favorite subject is English. He loves playing soccer and is part of a soccer team at school. At church he is involved in the youth group.

Full name: Helen Gelawu

Sex: female

Age: 15

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: Her mother passed away and she doesn’t know her father. She has one half-sister, Lydia, who is also living in the center.

Situation: At school she is attending grade 7. She likes playing basket ball. For the future she would like to become a doctor or an artist.

Full name: Jerusalem (Kimia)

Sex: female

Age: 19

Place of Birth: Harar

Background: She is the youngest child of seven children, grown up in a Moslem family. She had been living with her aunt in Harar, moved to Debre Zeit due to problems. YWAM MD got her there and took her into the center.

Situation: She is attending grade 10 at school. Her favorite subject is biology and she’s longing to become a doctor in the future,

Full name: Lidya

Sex: female

Age: 21

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: She had been living on the streets and was the first girl that YWAM MD took in the center. Her family has passed away. Helen, her sister, is also living in the center.

Situation: She is working in an advertising enterprise. Together with Mena she is living in an apartment close

Full name: Melat Fekadu

Sex: female

Age: 10

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: She had been living on the streets on and off. Through the Kebele she got to YWAM MD with her brother Benyam. Her mother is still alive.

Situation: At school she is attending grade 4. She likes the English lesson the most and wants to become an engineer

Full name: Mena

Sex: female

Age: 22

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: She doesn’t have parents and got persecuted from her brother. So YWAM MD took her to the center.

Situation: She is working in the office of an advertising enterprise and enjoys her job. Beside that she is taking computer classes. She loves fellowship with people and enjoys good food. Together with Lidya she is living in an apartment close to YWAM MD.

Full name: Samuel Kader

Sex: male

Age: 10

Place of Birth: Gurage

Background: He has no family members and lived on the streets for three years until he was brought in the center of YWAM MD.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 1. He is an active boy and eager to learn. He wants to become a policeman

Full name: Tibletse

Sex: female

Age: 18

Place of Birth: Wallo

Background: She had been living on the streets for six years until YWAM met her while giving bread and tea.

Situation: She is attending grade 10 at school. In the church she is involved in the work with the youth group.

Full name: Yamlakwork Getu

Sex: female

Age: 15

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: She has a mother and her brother Kalaeb lives also with Mercy Development. At the time she came to YWAM MD her mother has been very sick. She had been selling tissue paper on the streets to get an income.

Situation: At school she is attending grade 10. She likes reading biographies. For the future she would like to become a doctor or a hostess. Recently she assisted at a conference where she sang and shared the gospel.

Full name: Yohannes Teshome

Sex: male

Age: 12

Place of Birth: Gondar

Background: He has no family. When his mother passed away the neighbors cared for the children. But after some time they brought them to YWAM MD because they couldn’t afford support anymore. His twin brother Dawit is also with Mercy Development.

Situation: He is attending grade 5 at school. His nickname is Candy due to his sweetness. For the future he wants to be an Evangelist.In HH

Full name: Yohannes Wendesen

Sex: male

Age: 10

Place of Birth: Gojam

Background: His mother passed away while she was working in the household of other people. He doesn’t know his father. He lived on the streets for one week until YWAM MD met him and brought him to the center.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 2. For the future he wants to become a doctor or a pastor.

Full name: Yonas Neguse

Sex: male

Age: 14

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: He lost his parents and had been living on the streets for four years. He has sisters and one brother.

Situation: At school he is attending grade 5. He likes playing football. In the future he would like to become a doctor or a scientist. At church he is involved in the youth group and has a big heart for prayer.

Full name: Kaleab Getu

Sex: male

Age: 18

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa

Background: He supported his mother through selling tissue paper. At the time YWAM MD met him, his mother had been very sick. Due to some whichcraft activities he almost lost his mind. YWAM MD took him in the center, where they prayed for him. He got delivered and decided to follow Jesus more intimately. His sister is also living in the compound of Mercy Development.

Situation: He is attending grade 9 at school where he likes biology and physics. In his free time he likes to read fictions and the bible. He is interested in becoming a doctor or an engineer in the future. At church he helps in the youth group and started to play the guitar.

Monday, October 12, 2009

What an Amazing Day!

Wow it has been a long busy day! I want to write this blog before sleep deprives me of any details. So please excuse me if I misspell a word or something.

First of all God has provided sponsor families for all 62 New Day Children. Yippee Jesus!!!! I am so excited about that!

I asked him this morning to please take care of all of the children by Friday; I did this for a specific reason. I will go into more about that tomorrow. But he took care of it in 1 day. Less than 24 hours!!!!

He is amazing.

Two more things he did today that just touched me in a mighty way. First of all I have been worried from day one that one of the older kids might have a hard time getting matched. Well today a friend emailed me and said give me the one you think no one will want. OH WOW! I almost cried! So that precious soul is taken care of.

Also I have gotten several emails today saying just match me up with whomever, well for some reason I just couldn't give Kevin to anyone. I kept holding on to him and he was the last one. I have been a little worried about who would be last child to be matched just because it reminded me of a bad scene in a Mean Girls you I'm tired. Well I had believed God for all of these cuties to be taken care of and then when we got to the last one I had begun to panic a little. I just wanted them to all be taken care of TODAY. I was having to sit on my hands to keep from trying to "work it out on my own"...or mess it up on my Anyway finally after 6 p.m. tonight Tanya emailed me and told me that she had just let Kevin's "forever family" know about Operation Giggle. So his Mama emailed me and let me know she wanted to be his Christmas family too...of course. God was saving that precious Kevin for his Mama and I was worried to death that he had forgotten the last New Day kid. God answered a big question for me with that final "God Moment" and I have big news...but you will have to wait until tomorrow for that news because I am going to bed!!!

(I already have the post written...just feel like I should wait till in the morning and one thing today has taught me is to wait when God says wait!)

Also for all of you detail people out there (I am one) today is exactly two months since I posted my first blog!

Praise God and Goodnight!!!




Updated to remove the boys that have been requested and change the numbers. I am trying to keep this post current.

Good Monday Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I truly believe that by this weekend every one of these children will have a sponsor.

 Don't forget that if you have already agreed to buy for a child and haven't gotten to see their profile that you can click on the New Day button on the top right of the screen and then click on the link that says "Our Children" it will show you pictures of all the children and you can click on their pictures to get to their profile.

As soon as I find Christmas families for this child I will be emailing specific gift information, shipping address, and timeline information to all of the Christmas families.

A friend recommended that I break the shipping down per child and asked for sponsor's for each child's shipping cost. The shipping cost is right at $25 per child. I would like to wait to do that until I see what I can raise here. I am going to be placing donation boxes at the following business here in Bradley County:

Jim Rush Funeral Home (Both Locations)


Fantasy Styles and Tan

Debutante Salon and Day Spa


Dr. James White's office in Chattanooga, TN

We want to thank these wonderful CHRISTIAN businesses for allowing us to do this. I want everyone to join me in praying that by this time next month our shipping cost is completly covered. If not I may try to find sponsor's to help cover each child's shipping. Just to be clear this does not have to be the same family that has agreed to buy the gifts for the child, it can be anyone that wants to help. Like I said I will let you know if we get to the point where I feel this is something we are going to have to try to do.

If you wish to make a donation and you do not live in this area you are welcome to click on the Donate Now button and it will be placed in our PayPal account.

Please pray for me as I prepare to go on the radio on Wednesday to let others know about our shipping need. (see last weeks post for more info)

God bless you all and have a wonderful Monday!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A little change in plans!

Hi everyone! I spoke with Carrie via email today and she asked that I not reserve the children whom have been placed by the CCAA for their families. She said a lot of their families do not know about the website or even where their children are so it might backfire and we may wind up with kids without Christmas sponsor families. So I am posting a new available list. Thanks for all of your help! We only have 20 more kids to get taken care of that means we have placed 42 children!!!! Yippee Jesus!!!!!

God Bless You and Have a great weekend!!!


Available Children:



















Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More updates!

Updated list 1:32 p.m. EST
Hi everyone! I have been MIA for the last few days. My son had Strep and it has been a long three days! We have had lots of people email me and request children to sponsor. I am so excited about what God is doing. I can not tell you how much fun it is to know that I'm not able to do something on my own and sit back and watch God show out and handle it like it is nothing! He is amazing and I love him so much.

This is an updated list of available children at this very moment. Please don't stone me if you email me in three hours and ask for a specific child and find out that they are taken. Right now at this very moment they are available (actually I just double checked and had to remove two of the kids I am telling you this is forever changing!).

Yan Xia
Yan Zhi

Also the following children are available but these children have been matched with their "Forever Families" by the CCAA and I want to give their families a chance to buy for them. If the families haven't contacted me by Monday October 19th I will begin matching these children with sponsors. If you know a "Forever Family" please be sure they know about this opportunity.

Shanna Elise

If you are a "Forever Family" and you don't see your child's name on here contact me anyway, someone may have already contacted me to say that if you didn't come forward they would like to sponsor your child. You have "first dibs" on them until the 19th. :)

I am going to be on a local radio station Mix 104.1 promoting Operation Giggle. You can listen live next Wednesday at 8:15 by tuning in if you are local or by going to their website: This is a great opportunity and I am so thankful that my sister gave me the idea of emailing one of the DJ's and telling them about Operation Giggle! Thanks Deanna!

We still need donations for shipping in a BIG way. I trust God to lead the people who he wants to give to our website and to the stores that are serving as donation/drop off locations. I will be posting a list of those up just as soon as I hear back from a couple of other shops.

Again, thank you for all of your support!!