“Unadoptable Children” Orphanage

by | April 16, 2015 | #tbt, Ethiopia


In 2009, I had the privilege to go to Ethiopia for a long weekend while working in Abu Dhabi. It was quite an experience to get on a 5-hour flight and go from the second wealthiest country per capita to one of the poorest. During my first couple of trips to Ethiopia, I met missionaries, Harry and Stephne Bowers, who live in Soddo, Ethiopia. I’m thankful to the Lord that their work and personal sacrifice to serve Jesus and Jesus’ people made a permanent mark on my soul.

While I was there, the Bowers took me to CCC which was an “unadoptable” orphanage. I was told that the kids there were not available to be adopted, because their conditions barred them from adoption either due to government standards, or they were simply unable to be adopted. Seeing these children deeply affected me. The Holy Spirit enlightened deeper meaning for Matthew 25:40: “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” This scene also caused my soul to worship Jesus for his grace, his atoning sacrifice, and the Scriptures that clearly say that no one is “unadoptable” in his kingdom (Galatians 4:5-7)!

Come to find out that this particular orphanage the children are “unadoptable” for international adoption, but they are available to sponsorship and financial support while they live in this orphanage.  This is through the great work of CCC and Aerie Africa.

Over time, the Holy Spirit continued to stir my heart and affections toward our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. He led me to partner with people like Harry and Stephanie Bowers, and also Mike Stemm and Erik Larson from New Covenant Foundation. It was also at this time that the Holy Spirit began to direct my heart toward the adoption of our now son, Joseph Mesfin Turner, from Awassa, Ethiopia.

I share this video with you today and ask you to pray for these children and children like them all over this world. As the Holy Spirit leads you, please consider giving above and beyond your tithe to New Covenant Foundation as they support Ethiopian pastors and churches to make a difference in Jesus’ name. You might also consider sponsoring a Ethiopian child through Compassion International.

I’m so thankful for Jesus’ promise that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It’s so true, isn’t it?