Jerry & Christy Shannon were first drawn to Ethiopia through their desire to adopt internationally. Little did they know the plans God REALLY had for them!
Once their hearts were captured by this African country and the beautiful people there, they were destined to return. With a pastoral background, the natural path seemed to be church planting - but - they flexed and followed God's lead as he drew them to partner with the existing local churches to minister to orphans and widows in practical and spiritual ways. Out of this willingness to listen to God, Embracing Hope Ethiopia was born. They now have 50 staff and 178 Moms/Guardians of 196 children. - AND - Jerry is currently serving as senior pastor at the Evangelical International Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he shepherds an even larger - global - flock!
We love this family. They are SO real and welcoming. The name of the ministry they run is so fitting....because they not only embrace the people they serve...they embrace those who share the same passion TO serve! I cannot begin to tell you the amount of information and encouragement both Jerry and Christy have given us as we try to be best prepared to move to Ethiopia. In fact, when I was in Ethiopia this past spring with Tatum and Brogan, we went to church on the first Sunday where we quickly spotted Christy...with a beautiful lil brown child strapped to her body. She came over, warmly greeted us and chatted for a bit. When we walked away, Tatum (14 at the time) said, "She is so nice. It's like you just KNOW her...like a close neighbor or even a family member." Teenagers are pretty honest...and, that is INDEED a true statement.
Check out Embracing Hope Ethiopia and see all God HAS done and IS doing. He has blessed their efforts and recently expanded their reach to serve even more families in the community. It's fun to wait and see what is next!
Lori (847) 650-7144
Pete (847) 650-8022
Our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an ordinary family simply trying to follow where He leads. We want YOU to see the amazing things HE is doing...