This is a love story. And while there is a boy and a girl, it is not your typical kind of love story. For one thing, this boy and girl have never met. Not only have they never met, but they live on different continents. One in North America. The other in Africa. And oh, there is the cow.
Kelly has been attending a place called 519 Church since the launch in 2013. Through her awesome children’s ministry leader, Whitney, she learned about this place called Ethiopia. She learned about Project HOPEFUL Awassa. She learned about parents that give their children to an orphanage because they don’t have the income and the resources to provide for their basic needs like food.
Next she learned that these families can be helped by providing them with a cow. A cow costs $150 (the average Ethiopian in this specific area is fortunate to earn $100 in a year). So instead of an ipod touch or a rainbow loom for her birthday, she asked for donations…for a cow… For someone on another continent that she had never met. She raised the money and then some more.
Last weekend, Kelly saw the picture of the cow she purchased for the first time.
That smile says it all. But here is where this love story gets good. Really good. The man standing with this cow had previously had to leave his daughter at an orphanage in Awassa, Ethiopia because he did not have the means to care for her. He was too poor to care for his daughter.
But today his daughter is back home with him. This cow helped play a part of reunifying this father and daughter. It helped provide the means this father needed to keep his daughter with him at home.
One child through her birthday gave hope to another child she has never met. The movies couldn’t produce a better love story.
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written by Project HOPEFUL Awassa team member Hannah Eskridge