My House and My Horse

What does your house look like? Is it a handsome house, built to impress; your dream house, with a white picket fence; a modest house on the family farm? Perhaps it is a beautiful, spacious apartment; maybe you live in a very small apartment; maybe you live in a dormitory or residence.
But I live here. I am blessed to live in a two-room house with my mother and three siblings, as well as my aunt, cousin, and grandmother. Our large room is just long enough that I can lay down in it without touching either the wall at my head or my mother laying crosswise at my feet. The other room is too short for me to even lie down in, and is just wide enough for me to squeeze past my sister as she sits cross-legged to cook.
Is your bed rich, vintage, modern, or simple? Maybe your mattress is on the floor. And what kind of mattress do you have? Pillow Top? Innerspring? Memory Foam? Euro Top? Orthopedic? My mattress is a rough, empty burlap sack, because I give the younger children the nice mattresses of thinly spread clothes.
What stove do you cook on? Is it gas or electric? Do you like to barbeque over charcoal? Ours is a charcoal stove, but we don’t actually burn charcoal in it. Instead, we burn the manure from my horse, because we cannot afford to buy charcoal.
My horse. I should tell you about my horse. I take care of my family, because I am the man of the house now. When my father left, I had to take care of the women and children, so I am a driver in town. We cannot afford to go to school anyway, so it does not matter that I work while my friends learn in their grades 7 and 8 classrooms. Every morning I take the horse into town and she becomes a taxi, driving this way and that way all day long. In the evening, when we are both so tired and business slows, I buy food and supplies for my horse and then count our profit. Some days I count more than thirty Birr! (CAD1.70) and some days much less remains. My mother uses our day’s wages to buy food and soap, but it is not always enough. I do not know how we will pay rent at the end of the month if I cannot earn more and save more each day. The only other option we have is for my sister to begin to work for men, but I cannot bear that thought. Some of her friends have started already, but I cannot—I will not!—think of her joining them in that part of town. So I go to town earlier and come home later. I will provide. We will endure. Will you help me? Through Blessing the Children Canada, you can sponsor any of the four younger children for $30, $60, or $90 per month. Then I wouldn’t have to worry so much. Please—before you get into your soft, warm bed tonight, after a filling meal in your beautiful home—please think of us and pray for us.
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Library Labours for BCI Academy

Our Encyclopedias!
Our Encyclopedias!

Have you ever wondered what use libraries are now that we have internet, e-books, computers, tablets, cell phones and numerous other ways of receiving data?  Well, they may not be in vogue here in Canada, but we sure have need for them in the third world!

Mountains of work!
Mountains of work!

BCI Academy is one of the only schools in Debre Zeyit to have encyclopedias.  We are grateful to the many generous donors who gave books, time, money and manpower to pack up the books, get them shipped, meet the pallet in Ethiopia, help books to arrive at the school, unpack the books, catalogue the books and label them, get the books on the shelves in proper sections, and then got to experience the excitement of the children who anxiously awaited the time they could use the books.

Anxiously awaiting their books

These books will help the students at BCI Academy be able to do research, practice their English, learn responsibility, and have their world enlightened and broadened.  We also have a new librarian who is working very hard to get everything ready!  We are excited to be able to share the world of books with the children.  Thank you again for your part in making this happen.

Choral-ed Questions

Have you ever wondered when you plan an event whether  it will be successful, or be a complete flop?  Have you found yourself wide awake for half the night as you fret over every detail?  Did you wonder if people will even bother to show up?  Did you wonder if they will really give to the project that you have given your heart and soul to?  How do you pass on the belief that it is possible to change a child’s life, and it really takes very little to do so?  These are the questions I ask my self every time we undertake helping with an event!
This time it is so cool that others are sharing this burden with us.  We have had an entire team of fund raisers who have been helping us out.  Thanks to their help, the Master’s Singers will be coming to sing at the Community Center in Claresholm.  These men have traveled 1.5 – 2 hours to be able to share their gift of music.  We look forward to hearing their free presentation, and to seeing how God will use this event to provide funding for the children in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia!  May God bless these men who give of their time and talent to help others out!