Phil and I have had a heart for Africa for a while. Apex has done a lot of work in Africa and the more we became educated about it, the more we were interested. When we started to look at adoption agencies, we didn't have a specific country in mind. After finding our agency we knew they were the one for us. Scripture was infused in every part of their vision. We then narrowed it down between El Salvador and Ethiopia. After reading, "There's No Me Without You" I didn't really feel like I could do anything but Ethiopia. There is just such a huge need. I have loved researching and learning about the country and it's culture and heritage. I am so excited to make it a part of our family. Here are a few facts about the orphan crisis and the state of Ethiopia right now:
-One in ten children die before their first birthday
-One in six children die before their fifth birthday
-44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old
-60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition
-The median age in Ethiopia is 18 years
-1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
-720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone
-Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa
-In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%)
-Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend secondary school.
-Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.
-Ethiopia has approx. 4.3 million orphans and the country is just twice the size of Texas.
The statistics could go on and on, but it is a reality. I think it is easy to read 4.3 million and get lost in that number, but if you think of each individual child and how each one is a precious life. We are excited to help even one. We are so thankful for the encouragement and prayers we have received! Thank you all for loving us and being a part of our family!
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
(next FAQ: how are you going to pay for that?!)