Archive for February, 2010

Great Progress!

Helen F - New School Bag and Supplies for a New School

Helen F with new school supplies for a new school

The children, staff, Sam, and Noah have been very busy at CCCE in February.  All the 4th grade to 7th grade children began the second semester of school attending a private school in Soddo called Oxnard Academy. The class sizes range from 15 to 39 students. The school is fully taught in English with the exception of the two local language classes  – Amharic (national language of Ethiopia) and Woliatta (language of the Soddo region).  Oxnard Academy has several clubs that the children can join including drama, computer, music, and sports.  Now all of the pre-K through 7th grade are attending private schools.  We think this gives the children a great advantage and allows the children to develop their individual passions and potential.

Lucy is ready for school!

We have received the class rankings for the first semester of the children attending pre-K through 3rd grade. The children are doing very well. The children in the top ten of their class are:  Addis (aka Aba) ranked number 2, Banchiwosen was number 2, Zalieke was number 9, and Merdakyose was number 1.

The Head Nurse for CCCE has been hired.  Her name is Sister Helen.  She has a diploma in nursing and is getting her degree in August.  She speaks fluent English and Sam and Noah say she is a strong leader who is both passionate and loving.  Sister Helen is an integral member of the CCCE leadership team and will be key in helping establish a sustainable, lasting structure for CCCE.

Children are a heritage of the Lord – Psalm 127:3

Last week the postman delivered four boxes.  He was excited and said that he thought these were for the kids in Ethiopia (the folks at my post office know about the orphanage and frequently ask about the children).  The boxes were from a group in Alabama called Children Hemmed in Prayer – Mission Sewing Project.  Each box had 25 – 30 bags and each bag contained a hand made outfit and underwear.  The outfits are dresses, shirts, short, and/or pants.  The girls’ dresses and shirts are adorable.  All the clothes are beautifully sewn – many looked like they are from the Lilly Pulitzer store with bright, cheerful fabric and detailed work.

Mary Beth Turberville is the woman who organizes this group.  Her letter in part read:  “These dresses/pants have been made with many loving hands and have been hemmed in prayer.  Each child that will wear the garment has already been lifted to the Lord.  The purpose of Children Hemmed in Prayer is not to clothe the children but to have them bathed in prayer.”  The web site of this group is

The clothes are such a blessing.  With our recent additions of  new children, clothes, especially in small sizes, were needed and now we have plenty.    I am constantly amazed by the ways the Lord provides for our children.

112 outfits are now winging their way to Soddo!

This week, three new children were admitted to CCCE.  These children are from Southern Ethiopia where the conditions are harsh after several years of drought.  The children traveled in an open air truck to get to Henok and Sam.  The CCCE jeep could not drive to where these children were located.

New Children Being Transferred to CCCE

The children are two sisters (Agene, 5 years old and Asnakech, 4 years old) and Farase (a four year old boy).  The children are basically healthy but have parasites and minor illnesses which are being treated by the doctors at Soddo Christian Hospital and our Sister Hannah.  The children are doing remarkable well and have adjusted quickly to their new lives.

The New Sisters - Agene and Asnakech

Farese, 4 year old boy

The children at CCCE are doing great.  The children are in school and busy with church, choir, gardening, and playing.  Sam and Noah continue to amaze us with their dedication and devotion.

Happy Kids - Fitsum, Banchiwosen, Tsefanesh, Zalieke, and Bercate

Little Ones at their new table and benches - Dushure, Aba, Zalieke, Fitsum, and Yemanesh

Two Great Videos

If you haven’t already seen the two videos that Tom Hartman, Sam’s dad, took during his recent visit to Soddo, please check them out at or you can click the Team Sam and Noah button to the right.  The videos show the orphanage and the surrounding area.  Many of the children are in the videos!