Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ethiopian Government goes on Break

We have heard that the Ethiopian government has taken a 1 month break for September. This means we do not expect to hear any progress on a court date until October at the earliest. We will continue to pray for a court date and for their safety.

The Cook Family came home this weekend and brought Charlie and Sam home. They were staying in the same orphanage with Chera and Kenenissa. We think that having some familiar faces here for them when they get here will be special for them. It was exciting to see them at the airport and made us think about the day we will be bringing the boys home. While we anticipate this day we can find comfort in a sovereign God who is in control. Praise Jesus!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fundraiser Update 2

I thought this was worth another update due to the signicance of the change. We have receive another $2,415 bringing our total to just under $7,000 raised. I know there is still more coming in so God is not done yet. This is an amazing way for God to confirm His plan for our family and we give Him all our Praise and Thanks. We also thank ALL OF YOU for allowing God to use you in this way.

Adding the matching grant from Louisville Orphan Care Initiative bring the TOTAL to $11,000. WOW!!! We are only about $3,000 shy of funding the rest of the adoption. This is incredible generousity that you have shown us and we THANK YOU!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fundraiser Results

We serve a GOD who loves us and will always provide. Donna and I are learning more and more about His love for us and how His plans never fail. He used all of you yesterday to raise $4,584 at the Fire House Fundraiser and we are still receiving donations through the mail. WOW!!! We are touched by your generosity and humbled by the magnitude of love that was poured out on us and our boys this weekend.


More updates to come...

Justin, Donna, Chera & Kenenissa

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fundraiser Update

Just a reminder about our fundraiser this evening. Hope everyone can come! I also wanted to make sure that everyone knows that it is at Fern Creek Fire Station #2, not #1. Number 1 is in the heart of Fern Creek and #2 is south of the Gene Snyder.

See you soon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


It's offcial! Our fundraiser will take place on Sunday, August 23, from 4:00-8:00 at the Fern Creek Firestation 2. The address is 9409 Bardstown Rd. Louisville,KY 40291 and it is just south of the Gene Snyder on Bardstown Rd. We will have Ethiopian food for you to try as well as burgers and hot dogs. There will also be a Firehouse tour from 5-7pm.

Our goal is to raise $4,000 in order to make the most of the matching grant from Louisville Orphan Care Initiative. Exceeding this goal would help even more as we still expect bills of $14-16K for court fees, visa's and travel costs.

We ask that if possible, RSVP by August 17. It would be great to know how many people will be attending. If you forget to RSVP or your plans change, don't worry, just come anyway! If you cannot make and would still like to donate, you can write a check to Louisville Christian Foundation and send donations to:

Louisville Christian Foundation/Naomi's Fund
c/o Andy Gould
6200 Burnham Place
Prospect KY 40059

Please put our names on the memo line of the check or put a note in the envelope to designate the donation to us. If you have any questions or would like to get involved by volunteering, please feel free to call us or post a comment on this blog. Please SPREAD THE WORD!!!