We are so excited to support Bring Love In with our festival fundraising.  
Levi and Jessie Benkert live in Ethiopia with their four children.  They are working to create permanent homes in Ethiopia for orphaned children.  Specifically orphans who are currently living in the dreaded government orphanage I'm always talking about.  

They are creating families by joining a widowed Ethiopian woman with 6 - 8 orphaned children to raise in a home as her own.  

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  -James 1:27 

Bring Love In needs $625 a month for each home to provide for the needs of the mother and the children- including food, education, clothing, everything that a regular families needs in a month.  They even have "aunties" who can babysit and give the mother a break on the weekends. 
Logan and I actually visited their home, office (in the photo above) and their guest house while we were in Ethiopia in July.  I have no photos of the children or the homes, because they did not allow us to take pictures.  They want the children to feel comfortable and safe in their homes, and a long line of white travelers with cameras doesn't make a child feel comfortable or safe.  

The Ethiopian Government is willing to give Bring Love In more children than they currently have funding to house.  

It is so simple.  To remove 6 - 8 more children from the horror of the government orphanage it only takes 25 people willing to give $25 a month.  Or one person, organization, church or business willing to give $625 a month.  Or one big donation of $5,500 to prepare a new home with furniture, a stocked kitchen, and rent for six months.  

There is a simple, tangible way to remove children from this: 
Into a real, permanent family with a mother, siblings, a clean bed of their own, meals, school and a future.

With the money it would take to buy two pizzas for your family, you could give these children a family.  Please take some time to consider sponsoring a home.  For information on sponsoring click here.  

Other ways you can help Bring Love In: 

  • Shop at their online store here.  
  • Purchase a ticket for their iPad Raffle here.
  • If you are traveling to Ethiopia, they have a beautiful guest house for you to stay in for a reasonable rate.  I have tons of photos if you are interested.
  • Spend a lot of money at our booth at the Apple Festival in Bloomfield this weekend!  Friday and Saturday October 5th and 6th.  
  • If you are interested in purchasing Levi's book No Greater Love for $15 and you live in our area, I would be happy to deliver it to you!  I have a case of books to sell!!  Please, buy one!  
At the festival we'll be selling these bags made in Burkina Faso, Africa of wax coated material, sewn by Gerry Dalrymple.  If you would like to purchase one of these bags before the festival, please let me know!  I only have eight of them.
Seriously.  Please.  Buy a book from me!  
12/1/2012 12:03:30 pm

We went to see Levi too! Love what they are doing.


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