CCPC Heads Back to Ethiopia to Work with HFTF

May 26, 2022

It has been a few years since members of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church were able to go and serve in Ethiopia. This year, a team of 14 will traveling to help Hope for the Fatherless (HFTF). HFTF is a ministry that helps orphaned and vulnerable children. The ministry, led by Belay T. Gebru, focuses on building and finding Christ-centered homes for children in Ethiopia.

The CCPC team is going for a couple weeks to provide respite and relief for the HFTF workers. The team, comprised of a couple of families and other church members, will run a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program for the children, giving the staff a few days off to take a rest. In addition to the VBS, the team will also bring some critical supplies and work through STEM and English curriculum.

Our goal is to build relationships with the staff and kids, and provide rest and the supplies that Hope For The Fatherless needs.

Alysa Waits, 2022 CCPC Team Member, on the goals for this year’s trip

HFTF is an orphan ministry in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa. The ministry works to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children by placing them in loving families through domestic adoption and reunification. In addition, they are looking to develop a culture of adoption and orphan care in Ethiopia and around the world.

In addition to the VBS and STEM and English curriculum, the CCPC team will be learning more about orphaned and vulnerable children and how to best advocate and care for them. For team member, Alysa Waits, this is a critical part of the trip for her. She shared,

I am going on this trip because I want to be a part of what HFTF is doing, and support in any way I can. I am hoping to gain a new perspective on missions and life as a missionary. A big part of missions for me is building relationships that are long-term. I am hoping to gain connections internationally, and build lasting relationships with the kids and HFTF staff.

Alysa Waits

Project Request

The CCPC Team is requesting 3 indestructible (One World Play) soccer balls and Rapids jerseys or shirts for about 40 children.

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