Pastor Tadesse visits BCI Corporate Office

Pastor Tadesse arrived in Michigan on Saturday and has been spending some time with BCI’s President and Founder, Keith Strawn. Yesterday, he was able to visit the corporate office and discuss some new processes and future plans for the BCI Academy.

Pastor Tadesse, Keith, and Dan

Pastor Tadesse, Keith, and Dan

From Michigan, he will be moving onto Ohio to visit relatives. It has been wonderful having Pastor Tadesse in Michigan and we urge you to continue praying for his safety as he travels on.

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Abayneh’s Progress – Safe Arrival

Abayneh and Tadesse have arrived safely!

Tired, but happy Abayneh

Tired, but happy Abayneh

Welcoming Party!

Welcoming Party!

Deanne Gillock (who has been working with Healing the Children and organizing Abayneh’s trip and travel) says, “God is good and I kept thinking how God works…the host family saw a special on TV and wanted to volunteer to help needy kids so it’s fun to see how God worked in their hearts to volunteer.  Abayneh will go to school with their kids (Christian school).”
Praise the Lord! Please keep Abayneh in your prayers as he settles in and gets acquainted with his host family and new school. Also, please keep Tadesse in your prayers as he makes his way across the U.S.

Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Abayneh’s Progress – Arriving in America

Abayneh and Pastor Tadesse have their airfare and are set to leave Ethiopia this afternoon. They will arrive in Seattle tomorrow morning, and be greeted at the airport by the Healing the Children staff, Abayneh’s host family, and the Gillock family (the incredible people who have been facilitating this). The Gillock family has visited Ethiopia and personally know Abayneh and Pastor Tadesse, so it will be wonderful to have them there. Some familiar faces in the crowd.

Pastor Tadesse will be in Seattle with Abayneh for a few days, helping him get settled in and adapted to his surroundings and his host family.

Then its off to Bay City, Michigan to spend a few days with BCI’s President and Founder, Keith Strawn. From there, Pastor Tadesse will be driven to Cleveland, Ohio to spend a week with some of his family there. He will then fly to Kansas City, Missouri for another week with some family. About halfway through his time in Kansas City, he will take a quick flight over to Dallas, Texas to spend a day with Weldon Self (a good friend of Pastor Tadesse and BCI) and speak at his church.

Its going to be a busy three weeks for Pastor Tadesse! We are very excited for him to have the opportunity to come to America and to be able to visit so many people during his stay. If your in the area, let us know! We’d love for you to come out, see him and hear him speak.

We are also so overjoyed that Abayneh has been given this life-changing opportunity. Please keep him in your prayers, as this is going to be a very overwhelming experience for him. We would like to thank Deanne Gillock for her persistance and hard work. We couldn’t have made this happen without her!

Abayneh

Abayneh

BCI Academy is in session

The BCI Academy officially opened on September 21st, accepting children from grades one through four.

Welcome!

Welcome!

For the full story, please visit:  http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/bci_academy_opens_in_ethiopia_africa/

Phase One completion report:  http://www.blessingthechildren.org/Adana/BCI_Academy_Report_2009-09.pdf

We would like to thank everyone who made this possible. All of the amazing team members who gave of their time and energy, laying the blocks for the walls, the cement for the floors, and everything in between. Also, all of our faithful donors who financially made this possible. We appreciate and thank the Lord for all you!