Out of the Ashes was envisioned by Stacy and Brad Segebarth in early 2012. After Stacy visited Korah, Ethiopia, on a mission trip, she was overwhelmed by her experience. They knew they were called to do more for the people in this village.
She and Brad returned to Korah three months later to meet with local leaders to explore how they might help the community. Based on these meetings led by Faith, they determined an educational sponsorship program would provide the most significant impact. Committed to the concepts of empowerment and sustainability, they partnered with an Ethiopian NGO already established in Korah and formed Out of the Ashes.
In 2020, Out of the Ashes received their International NGO license. They no longer partner with an Ethiopian NGO. After an initial year of sponsoring 51 children, Out of the Ashes has grown to support over 250 impoverished children.
Why We Serve
As a Humanitarian Organization, we are motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ to serve the children and the community of Korah, Ethiopia, as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. We are passionate about injustice and our cause. We believe we must do more than merely meet the needs of the poor.
We provide an environment where each student is protected, cared for, and given opportunities to become all God meant them to be. We believe a hand-up, not a handout, will create a sponsorship that empowers children and the community to become healthy, safe, and self-reliant, breaking the cycle of poverty. We look forward to a world where every child experiences Jesus’ promise of life in all its fullness.
We are inspired and called to action by:
- James 1:27 – “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.”
- John 3:17-18 – “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”
Our mission in working with the poor and oppressed around the trash dump of Korah, Ethiopia, is to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the kingdom of God. We want to lift children out of extreme poverty through the provision of education, food, shelter, and medical care. We strive to instill in each of our students the character, commitment, and capacity to one day reach back to lift the rest of their community out of the ashes.