As Thanksgiving approaches, we begin to think of all the things we are thankful for. I just returned from a trip to Ethiopia last week and I’ll tell you what, nothing makes you realize how much you have to be thankful for – like a trip to one of the poorest countries in the world.

One thing I always realize during my trips to Ethiopia is that, thankfulness is a state of being, not always dependent on what you have. I know people here in the U.S. who have so many material possessions and have been blessed beyond reason but are they thankful? No. It is so easy to take things for granted.

In contrast, I visited families in Ethiopia who have nothing more than one room with a dirt floor and dingy mattress –  maybe some pots and pans and one change of clothes. But the thankfulness these families had for the little that they do have, was astounding. They were just thankful to be alive. Thankful for each other. And thankful to me for taking the time to visit them and pray with them.

This Thanksgiving I would ask you, are you thankful? Do you truly appreciate what God has blessed you with? And if you do, can I encourage you to consider blessing others, as you have been blessed? It would be easy to ask you to provide a thanksgiving meal for a family but this Thanksgiving, would you consider sewing into the future of a child instead?

Instead of giving children a fish and feeding them for a day,
would you help us teach them to fish?

By investing in the BCI Academy KG, you will be investing into the education and the futures of the children, enabling them to grow and develop into capable, working adults.

The BCI Academy KG was in need of $7,638 and we have been blessed to have raised over half of the needed funds so far, leaving us with a remaining amount of $3,730. We are still in need of:

Would you consider making a donation to help us fill this need? Making a donation to sew into the future of a child? To make a donation, I invite you to visit our donate page or to email/call me directly for other donation options.

I look forward to hearing from you and I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter!

Melissa Strawn – Program Director

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