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WO Team Travels to Ethiopia, Worships With Church Partners

By Mark Gumm

A World Orphans team is currently in Ethiopia visiting our partner churches and children's homes there. For updates and trip reflections, stay tuned to the WO blog. 

Yesterday I had the joy of attending the International Evangelical Church in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  It was incredible to look around the room and realize we were joined together in worshipping God with believers from every continent – over 61 different countries – while not EVERY nation and tribe and tongue was represented, it brought to mind how beautiful and wonderful it will be one day.

It was amazing to me that in this city of millions of people, some 10,000 miles from my home, I would “happen” to run into 6 different people, including 3 Americans, that I have met in various different places in the past 2 years.  It made me think of the multitude of people I will one day be reunited with for eternity together.

Revelation 7:9-12

9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.

 

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WO Staffers Raise School Funds for Uganda Project In Less Than 24 Hours

In less than 24 hours, World Orphans staffers Mark and Julie Gumm raised enough money to send 20 Ugandan children to school. They didn't host a formal dinner or a WO video viewing, they created a fundraising campaign on the MyWorldOrphans site, used their blogs  as a marketing tool,  and committed their own resources to jump-start the process.

"Because of God’s blessing we want to pay it forward and one of the ways we’re doing that is to help these beautiful kids at one of World Orphans projects in Uganda go to school. Education is a VITAL piece in breaking the cycle of orphaning and abandonment," Mark Gumm wrote on his blog on Aug. 12.

"There are 20 kids. School fees are $62 each. So here’s the challenge…We’ll match every dollar you guys donate on our campaign page until we reach the goal ($1193) and all these kids school fees are paid. If you donate $36, we’ll donate $36 and that’s one child educated.We’ll match any amount $1, $5, $100. Because no challenge is any fun without a deadline we’re going to give you ONE WEEK!," according to Julie Gumm's blog.

In just one day, the Gumm's blog  followers and Facebook friends donated enough money to send 20 children to school for a year.

"Thanks to all who contributed to help these kids-more opportunities to come :)," wrote Mark.

 

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