Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Mercies!

What an amazing month we are having! In all, 10 Arise families will visit Ethiopia this month to either meet their children for the first time or to bring them safely home. We have been so blessed and honored to see God grow our program and to know that He has great plans for His children and this agency. Read our newsletter (on our website) to see our latest announcements and updates. As always, please join us in prayer, until all have homes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

At this time, we have so much to be thankful for...the Lord has been so gracious to us! I wanted to share an update with all of you regarding our project in Ethiopia, LIA. This letter was written by our Ethiopian Director, Endris. Please join us as we support this program in every way. You can send your donations written to "Arise Charities" at 11408 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40243. 100% of your gift is used for this project through the management of Eyes that See. All gifts are tax deductable and very much appreciated.

19 November 2010
Weakly Report
Concerned Organization:- Love in Action
Date of the report:- 19 November 2010
Place of the Report:- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
• We bought different materials to make the beauty salon training more comfortable and useful for its proposed. We did pipe installation for the pure water and a drainage line to remove the dirt water.
• We prepared the last room to make it good for one of the ladies is sleeping beside a street. Her name is Birtukan. Also, we have one student who lost all of her parents and living in a very dangerous situation. We are planning to use this room to give them for temporary shelter.
• This week we a voluntary psychologist and councilor joined us to teach gender issues and innocent life styles, treat and council the 10 women in our project. Because they are younger ladies and commercial sex workers, they need treatment and counseling in various issue.
• Everything is ready and the ladies have already started their training on beauty salon.
• We painted the tin fence with beautiful color. The outer part of compound is now looking better and attractive when any one see it. We will send you this picture next week.
• Our children have started Sunday school training on every Saturday by a voluntary teacher.
Regular activities were going on smoothly and all of our staff are were doing very well.

Our prayer request:
-We are thinking of visiting the house of our beneficiaries that helps us to know them more.
-Please pray for our women to be punctual in classes and not to miss days. Some of them are addicted.
-We want to make staff; teachers and voluntary workers get together. Please pray for our time.
-the kebele officers have sent us lists of children that are in desperate conditions, begging us to add them in the sponsorship programme. Please pray for these children and God’s leadership.
- Our staff Azeb will be getting married in 3 months time. She needs our prayer.

Finally, we want to thank you, for your love, support and prayers.

Endris Amedo

Friday, November 19, 2010

Shop with Arise!!!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Word from the Director to Arise Parents

(Taken from the Arise Anniversary Party Presentation)

Thank you for joining us today. Before we begin, I would like to ask you to join me in thanking Brittney Armstrong for coordinating today’s event. As a new board member, Brittney has lent hours of her time serving with joy.
I love that our anniversary falls during the season of thanksgiving. As we celebrate the conclusion of our second year, we have much to be thankful for.
God has blessed us with 69 children home to 45 families with 36 in process…many of them coming home before the end of the year. We have been blessed beyond measure to again have a front row seat to the miracles and mercies of God.
I marvel at how great our God is, acknowledging that we entered into this agreement with Him with little more than faith and sheer determination. After 2 years and knowing what I know now, I recognize more clearly my own inadequacies and the LORD’s goodness even more. He truly makes all things work together for our good, and has proved to be more than faithful as we trusted Him.
While I believe that we are all called to care for the orphan child, I don’t believe God calls all families to adopt. For those He does…it is an unmistakable invitation to transformation and greater sanctification. To you I say, thank you. Thank you for answering the invitation and trusting that God would use a novas, yet passionate team, to accomplish His will in your lives. Thank you for allowing us to pray for you; for your marriages, your families, and the children God would bring home to you. What an honor and privilege…a gift. To watch God at work in your hearts, your finances, but more importantly, tearing down the barriers of the enemy again and again, until all came home. If you are sitting in this room and have welcomed home a child, you can rest assured that He loves you greatly. He has moved mountains on your behalf and on behalf of your children.
So today I thank Him for you and for your children but I would also ask that you allow me a moment to introduce you to a few people as I express my gratitude to them…
Thank you to my husband of 18 years, for believing in the dream of Arise, just after bringing home 2 more children, supporting me as I left my job and closed my practice in pursuit of the unknown.
Thank you to Jude and Harper Thompson who helped us fundraise our initial seed money to get started.
I want to thank several of my friends that served as board members for 2 years and were instrumental in assisting me with our articles of incorporation, non-profit status, and license. (Pastor Jeff Lamont, JoAnna Flowers, Sherry Jenkins, Sharon Muse, and Austin and Elizabeth Wilkerson)
Thank you Dr. Andy and Julie Gould, for supporting several of our pilot families and even traveling to Ethiopia to provide care to our waiting children.
Cindy Lowe, a true friend and compassionate worker who joined me early on as staff, with fearless enthusiasm and gusto.
Lesley Scott, our Ethiopian Program Coordinator, who joined our team as staff in July of this year. As one of our early adoptive parents, Lesley truly has a love for Ethiopia and adoptive parents.
There is one last person/couple I want to acknowledge; before our license, before Arise was born, the Lord led me to a very special friend …without whom, Arise may not have been realized…certainly our work in Ethiopia may never have started. When others were turning me away, because I was small…in size and finances, she/they didn’t. When the world would have told us we were in over our heads, we were there together…encouraging one another to keep going.
As we move into the future, I want you to know that I trust this couple more than any other I know. I am so grateful that they have felt called to continue leading in charitable ministry and honored and they would continue to serve with us in partnership. Please welcome Matt and Nikki Ness. With their help we will continue to care for the poor and orphaned of Ethiopia through our Love in Action project.
As we look forward, we remember our mission to instill faith, hope, and love in the lives of children and families. This cord of 3 will not be easily broken.
As we encourage faith through the process of adoption and hope through charitable giving, we now turn our attention to ministering to children and families through counseling. It is a full circle return for me and an area of service that I believe God has best equipped me for. As a little girl I had a vision of taking care of people, by talking, as they were sick. For those of you that knew me then, it is not a big stretch that I would dream of a career in talking.
As a woman, God gave me Isaiah 61 as my own mission statement:
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

I believe that the Lord has called Arise into a season of new birth and vision. He has granted me one of the best teams I can imagine and 2 amazing partnerships in West Sands and Lifeline Adoption Agencies. We can confidently turn our attention to taking excellent and personal care of families stateside, knowing these teams will provide amazing care abroad.
I believe that it is time to acknowledge the challenges and grief work that are before many of our adoptive children and their parents. It is my goal to expand the ministry of Arise more fully in this direction. In the coming year I hope to add curriculum and materials to assist parents living a distance away as well as groups and more family counsel here locally.
It is an exciting time…dreaming again about what the Lord will do with willing hearts and a community of believing people. People that have a love for children, whether they are in Ethiopia, China, or our own backyard.
Will you join us by supporting us in prayer, fundraising campaigns, and spreading the word? We have a need for a larger space more conducive to counseling and camps, volunteer staff to lead groups, and provision of finances and adoptive families.
We have always had the best families in the world who have come to us through other wonderful families. Please lend us your voices; and especially your prayer support.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Amharic Classes

For those of you living in the Kentuckiana area, we are pleased to announce that Amharic Classes are coming to our home office. Our very gifted teacher, Senait Mareligne, will be hosting a 10 week series for 3 different age groups. We are starting with 5-10 year olds on Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m. starting October 22nd. Register now for only 10 for 10! $10 per session when you register for all 10 sessions. Contact

Saturday, October 9, 2010

As we Celebrate our 2nd Year!

To those that are traveling this week, those newly home,
those already home & those waiting...
thank you for letting us walk this journey with you.
It is an honor and gift.
God is amazing....we give Him all the praise and glory
for sending you to us
and for bringing your children home.

(Save the date Nov. 6th 2-5 for our Family Party!)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Please pray for the peace of Israel and for YeShua to reveal Himself to His people. Happy New Year...La Shana Tova!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Help Needed!

We are only $1,500 short of launching our LIA program in Ethiopia through our Eyes that See partnership. Matt Ness, director of Eyes that See, is leaving on Monday, Sept 20th and hopes to raise the remaining funds prior to leaving. We are excited to begin LIA's after school program and to open the home for those needing clean water in the community. Thank you to all who have given so far...If you would like to give, please make your donations to either Arise for Children OR Eyes that See and send them to our shared office at 11408 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40243. Please stay tuned for updates as Matt travels next week and shares the excitement of what God will do!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Eyes that See

We are so excited to welcome Matt and Nikki Ness to our community! We have been long time partners and friends with the Ness family, supporting Kingdom Vision International. Together, we now move forward in seeking God with Eyes that See!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Love in Action Progress

We are so blessed to have the Dallasburg team assisting the LIA orphanage this week. They have had tremendous success both physically and spiritually. Please join us in prayer and watch for updates on their blog!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Welcome HOME!!!

Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust IS the LORD!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


We are so excited to be receiving access to the LIA orphanage today!!! God has blessed us with a wonderful location and building...and lots of hard work to come! Our NGO is called "Love in Action" and that is just what we will do. Several of our families visited today and blessed us with new toddler beds and sheets. A team is leaving in a couple of weeks to help paint and work in the yard. Please pray for us as we seek provision and LIA begins to receive children!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Exciting Victories...

What a week! We had miracles happen AGAIN ...never tire of them! Arise had 3 families pass court smoothly, and 2 families travel to join their children, and 1 sweet baby come home! All had their challenges ...whether it was the early life struggles of the children, the infertility and loss of the the adoptive families, paperwork challenges in country, and financial challenges of adoption. Yet God is faithful! He is a Healer; perfect Counselor; Our Provider; and the One who makes all things work together for our good!

For His Children; To His Glory

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Welcome Home Sweet Ruthie!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What a difference a family makes!

ZuZu...before and after!