Just yesterday, one of my kids (who will remain nameless) referred to Andrea Gaines as my ONE friend. Not one OF my friends...but my ONE friend. Another precious child corrected her and said, "More like Mom's best friend!" Like hearts can connect you to people you have never met in person in such a powerful way. I was finally blessed with the opportunity to meet my dear friend from Virginia Beach....IN ETHIOPIA! It was short and sweet, since I had just landed - was jet-lagged - and she was feverishly packing and tying up loose ends for her small group of weary travelers. BUT...a huge blessing, nonetheless. It was as if we already knew each other like next door neighbors. Maybe because we share an intense love...
After several trips to Ethiopia - to adopt and lead short term missions trips - Andrea had left way too much of her heart in that country to NOT "do more." She started Habesha Momma Art to connect with communities, inspiring hope and contributing to the health, education, vocation and spiritual care of individuals to achieve lasting change. What exactly does that mean? Empowering artists in developing countries by connecting with successful artisans who are willing to share their proceeds with Habesha Momma Art. But...it goes WAY beyond art. (You will have to check out all the exciting details on their website www.habeshamomma.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/HabeshaMomma)
Their latest project: They are working to open a primary school for 100 children in a small town outside of Addis. This area is in dire need of a school, and through a generous partner, they already have the grounds, including a building!!! They will be focusing on raising the start-up funds needed to adapt the current facilities to accommodate school rooms; supply the needed furnishings and classroom supplies; and hire indigenous staff members to operate the facility, which is targeted to open September 2015.
PLEASE PRAY for Andrea as she leaves in ONE WEEK to spend time in Ethiopia doing a LOT of work on the ground fact-finding and sorting through an absolute sea of details. (I am green with envy...just have to admit!)
Click on www.habeshamomma.com to learn more about what they are doing and projects planned for the future. You can even SHOP for some very cool items on their page...or link to Partner Artisans. Below are some photos to give you a peek at what they have to offer...and the sweet faces they serve.
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...