Happy Fall, Y’all!
I don’t know about you, but Fall completely snuck up on me this year. I knew Summer would go by quickly but– wow! I feel as though I blinked, and it was done.
Around here, as I am sure is the case for all of you — Fall brings with it “Back-to-School” madness and Fall kickoff’s for everything from sports clubs to church programs and beyond. It is often in the Fall, I can begin to find myself growing weary. The calendar fills up. The days of Summer freedom and looser schedules are gone. The colder weather and waning sunshine cause a general state of sleepiness both physically and emotionally.
It can be easy in the Fall, to over do it. To wear ourselves too thin. To give yes’s to things you don’t really have the bandwidth for, and no’s to the things that really matter.
I want to encourage all of you this Fall — to not grow weary in doing good. We all have our own personal mission fields that begin in our very own homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and beyond. It is important to take care of ourselves so that we can “not grow weary” in the good that God has called us to.
So as you cozy up this Fall, and as you dig into the rest of this newsletter, be mindful of the seeds that have been sown in your own life, and remember that Fall is a time of harvest — and God promises us, that if we “do not grow weary in doing good”, if we do not grow weary in nurturing those seeds that have been sown, “in due season, we shall reap.”
The Out of the Ashes Team
We have been reflecting this year on what has been a wild ride since Out of the Ashes started it’s journey in 2013. We have grown in size from a program that once was only 45 kids, to at one point being over 400 kids!
Over time, as the program has evolved, so have our staffing needs.
In an effort to keep you plugged in to who we are and what we are doing on the ground in Korah, Ethiopia — we would like to welcome you to a new portion of our “In the Loop Newsletter”: Out of the Ashes Staff Hi-lights.
Of course in starting to introduce you to our staff, we had to start from the top with our Out of the Ashes Program Director, Getahun.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Getahun in person, here are a few important stats about him:
Getahun joined the Out of the Ashes staff in January of 2017 as our new Program Director (not a job for the faint of heart) 😉
Getahun is 41 years old. Together, he and his beautiful wife Leyla (37) have two children. A daughter named Meiraf (age 7) and a son, Bekibir (age 2 years and 8 months).
Of himself, Getahun says “Life paths have shaped me to be strong, dedicated, optimistic, and courageous. In short, I am a person who never and ever gives up.” — all qualities as it turns out, that are needed in his current role overseeing the program.
Getahun goes on to say, “I always struggle to live a happy and joyful life. I want to control and overcome poverty rather than letting poverty reign over me. I have tried many things (small businesses) in life with my wife though none were successful.”
We are so thankful that God brought Getahun our way, and that he pursued his current role with us.
When he is not putting out fires, leading our other staff on the ground in Korah, or in meetings with students and teachers — you can find Getahun indulging in any number of his hobbies which include reading his Bible, keeping up on the news, reading stories and other academic books, singing worship, or chatting with his friends and family discussing about social, economic, political and spiritual issues that are dear to his heart.
“I have a concern for the poor people living in the city of Addis Ababa”, Getahun says, “and I ask myself how can they benefit from the development of the country. In short, I want to be a voice to the poor.”
With a self-proclaimed passion to see poor children, youth and women have future lives that are bright and transformed — we know that Getahun is the right man to be leading the charge and overseeing the mission of Out of the Ashes in Korah.
We love you Getahun! Many blessings on you and your Beautiful Family!
Out of the Ashes School Year:
After much thought and discussion with staff, students and parents — we have decided to leave Lesperance school and return to Shashemene. In the past year, there had been increasing concerns regarding treatment of our students by the teachers at Lesperance, and the overall atmosphere was affecting the students individual and collective morale.
Additionally, for any of your students who were previously attending government Local School, we have now made the change to Local PRIVATESchools.
We will be focusing our program away from Boarding Schools in the future and all NEW students added to the program will be enrolled in Local Private Schools. Students that are already enrolled in Boarding School will get to continue at Shashamene through Graduation but we will not be adding anymore students to the Boarding School program. This change was again made after much discussion with the students, parents, government stakeholders and the staff of OA. The statistics are showing us that the Local Private Schools yield a far better success rate for our students academically, and that is always our top goal.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org