Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Listen to the Audio Journal of the Phil Krause Family

On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, FamilyLife Today will air a special "audio journal" of FamilyLife Today's editor, Phil Krause's family as God leads them to adopt two children in Ethiopia. The Krause's were a pioneer family for Gladney. So before or after the turkey, gather the family to listen in and be blessed.

FamilyLife Today Audio

Monday, November 20, 2006

BBC World and BBC Prime

BBC World and BBC Prime will broadcast a program on the current interest in Ethiopian adoptions by U.S. families. Gladney was the only adoption agency the BBC chose for this program. Ryan and Abby Brown, Gladney's Ethiopian In-Country Facilitators, were interviewed today in Addis Ababa by the film crew at Kechene Children's Home, one of the government run orphanages. Another Gladney family, Todd and Darlene Voskuil will be interviewed tomorrow and again on Wednesday when they fly back home. The segment is expected to be aired this Friday evening, November 24th, so if your cable or satellite service carries either one of these stations, please tune in. You might also be able to catch audio portion of the program on BBC World Service or NPR as they will be airing during the next few weeks.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Arrrival in Addis

Our group arrived in Addis very late Monday evening, but had an early Tuesday morning meeting scheduled with a Gladney parent that has lived in Ethiopia over the last 20 years. She and her husband bring such a deep understanding of the culture, political, economic and social fabric of this country. Her husband is a Veterinarian that specializes in camels if you can believe that. His travels take him all over the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. When asked about the current warnings being issued, they say it is the same as in the U.S., if something did happen they want to cover their backs, but they have no concrete evidence that anything is going to occur. They also say that Addis is so far from the border and that the Ethiopian army is the largest in Africa, so for any one group or country to invade would be next to impossible. Please rest assured that all is quiet here.

The weather is beautiful, in the mid 70's and even a little hot at mid-day. Nights are much cooler and Monica and I sleep with a heater since our house is not well insulated.

Gladney's Transitional Care Center is something to be proud of. The children get so much attention and are really getting "fattened up." We held and prayed for each infant at the center and know you all are ready for your journey to end. The staff- to-child ratio is very evident when you walk into the rooms. Know that each child is loved and cared for immensely.

Good news is coming on Kathleen's replacement and you should hear about very soon if you haven't heard already. Ryan, Abby and Enoch get here tonight and will hit the ground running to see that your Gladney adoption experience is the best it can be.

All is well here so I will sign off now.

Blessings on each and every one,