Ethiopia

Here is a list of all of our Community Projects and work that have happened in the country of Ethiopia. Below are links to stories and updates on various projects.

  • Posted on June 24, 2019 10:14 am

    The youth group at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, one of Soccer Chaplains United's partner churches, will be taking a trip to Kampala, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July. A team of 19 students and leaders, passionate about serving the Lord and others, will leave for a couple of weeks to travel to Ethiopia and Uganda and work with different groups and organizations in each country. Our team is excited about this opportunity to participate in how God is working across the world. We are going on this trip to love, bless, and encourage people in Uganda and Ethiopia.Sophia Schwarz, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Trip Participant For the first part of the trip, the team from Cherry Creek will be running a VBS for Hope for the Fatherless. Hope for the Fatherless is an organization that seeks to cultivate a culture of adoption in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a major orphan crisis that has been worsened by the fact that they do not currently allow international adoptions. The second part of the trip, will feature time in Kampala, Uganda to serve alongside Youth for Christ Uganda. While there, the team will join in school outreaches and sports ministry. School outreaches will include skits, dancing, and different team members sharing their testimonies. Part of the ministry work within the community will include playing soccer with the children, and we want to hand out soccer equipment during those games. This trip will be part of the church’s continued partnership that began in 2007. We will also have the opportunity to put doors and windows on the Mirembe house, a home for single, pregnant teens. While we are there, we hope to bless and encourage the people we come in contact with...our desire is that God would show the people of Uganda and Ethiopia His incredible love through us and that His love would leave a lasting impact on the people we interact with. Sophia Schwarz, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Trip Participant Specific to the request from Soccer Chaplains United, the team is looking to take about 100 pounds of soccer gear and equipment on their trip: soccer balls, jerseys, and cleats. When you support Soccer Chaplains United a portion of your gift automatically goes to help our community projects and requests. You can give specifically to help cover our costs by making a gift through PushPay — simply select Community from the selectable funds. Your financial gift helps us purchase new soccer equipment, sponsor individuals or organizations, and to cover associated costs of providing Bibles, soccer equipment, and other outreach tools locally and around the world!

  • Posted on September 20, 2018 6:00 am

    Soccer Chaplains United believes that out of our abundance, we are to give graciously and abundantly.  This year has provided Soccer Chaplains United with numerous opportunities to send soccer gear across the world.  This story highlights a family's trip from Castle Rock, CO to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and how a few soccer balls impact the corner of their world. Sydney Dragovich, 13, writes about her recent trip to Africa.  In August, my sister, mom, and I traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for ten days to visit the children of Hope for the Fatherless (HFTF).  HFTF partners with Believers in Ethiopia and around the world to develop a culture that values and cares for vulnerable children and places them in loving families.   Hope for the Fatherless believes that children deserve to grow up in a home with a family.  Until the children of HFTF are adopted into forever families, they live together in a family setting.  There are currently two homes that each have ten children, Hope House and Faith House.  The children attend great schools, receive medical care and excellent nutrition, and now have people in their lives who know and love them.  It is a much better situation than the orphanages they came from - after a year at Hope House, the children are healing and growing physically, mentally, and spiritually.   HFTF also sponsors another ten kids who still live with their moms but are in at-risk situations.  Through HFTF support, these children hopefully can stay in their homes and not have their families disrupted.During our time in Ethiopia, we mostly hung out with the kids and got to know them.  We ate together, worshipped together, and played together.  Some of the kids speak a little English and loved to practice with us, but most speak Amharic.  With that language barrier, playing together was our best form of communication.  We played board games, jump rope, and lots of soccer! Ethiopian children and adults love soccer!  The main place for the kids to play soccer is in the street.  The street in front of Hope House is a beautiful cobblestone, but it was not very friendly on the traditional soccer balls they had, which were all pretty beat up!  When we gave the kids the One World Futbols donated by Soccer Chaplains United, everyone was very excited and immediately wanted to play with them.  They love the One World Futbols because, unlike their old ball, it won't go flat, pop, or fall apart.  It is indestructible!  Thank you, Soccer Chaplains United, for providing Hope for the Fatherless with these amazing gifts! Remember, when you support Soccer Chaplains United a portion of your gift automatically goes to help projects and requests like this one for Ethiopia. You can give specifically to help cover our costs by making a gift through PushPay — simply select Community from the selectable funds. Your financial gift helps us purchase new soccer equipment, sponsor an individual or organization in an outreach effort, and to cover associated costs of providing Bibles, soccer equipment, and other outreach tools locally and around the world! ###

  • Posted on July 12, 2018 6:00 am

    Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, a Soccer Chaplains United church partner, is sending a team (including Senior Pastor Brad Strait, his wife, Soccer Chaplains United board member Darren Dragovich's family, and Children's Ministry staffer Lea Wright) to visit Hope for the Fatherless, a Christian ministry that serves orphaned and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. Hope for the Fatherless strives to create a culture of adoption and orphan care worldwide by working in and through local communities. The team from Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church will be ministering to the children who are part of HFTF's group homes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There are ten children in each home. In addition, the team will also visit one of the children who are sponsored by the Dragovich Family through Compassion International. Bontu lives about an hour outside of the capital and attends a Compassion project site that serves over 200 kids. These children are from difficult and impoverished situations. The Cherry Creek Team is bringing gifts including school and crafting supplies and jump ropes to the Compassion site. They are also requesting some One World Play Soccer Balls to provide HFTF and Compassion opportunities to continue their work with these children. The team is looking forward to using soccer to provide a chance to easily cross language and cultural barriers and engage in a fun, loving, and meaningful ways with the children from both organizations. Specific Request: 7 soccer balls 18 youth jerseys To support this specific request for Hope for the Fatherless, or future ventures like this, please donate through PushPay — simply select "Timothy Project" from the selectable funds to contribute to.  Your financial gift helps us purchase new soccer equipment, sponsor an individual or organization in an outreach effort, and to cover associated costs of providing Bibles, soccer equipment, and other outreach tools locally and around the world! ###

  • Posted on November 10, 2016 6:00 am

    Last week we shared about CrossTraining's gift to His Little Feet international choir when they were on tour this past summer. Now, in the Timothy Project: His Little Feet 2016 - Part 2 we share the rest of the story. Driving away after giving brand new jerseys to the boys int eh choir, CrossTraining's Executive Director, Rev. Brad Kenney, had his two older girls ask, "Dad, what about the girls?" The international choir featured 10 boys and nearly as many girls - all from different walks and backgrounds. "Well, I asked their tour director about it and he didn't think that the girls would want soccer jerseys." "But dad, they looked like they would have liked to receive something, too."  was the earnest plea from Rev. Kenney's 12 and 11 year-old girls. "I know girls, I saw it, too. I tell you what, I will try to call him back and see if we can do something." The phone call was made. "Hi, Mike? Hello, it's Brad, again. Mike, my girls really want to do something for the girls, too." With the choir about to perform, arrangements were made to revisit the choir and this time to give something to the girls. Rev. Kenney shared how the rest of the evening went, When I called Mike back, I told him that we had women's jerseys, too, and that we wanted to make sure that the girls felt just as loved. As I was driving back, I was reflecting on how often in our world our default or bias excludes women and girls in certain things. I think having four daughters has made me think differently about that. When Rev. Kenney returned, this time he brought all four of his daughters to deliver the women's jerseys. It was a precious time as my girls got to hand out the women's jerseys which had a totally different look and feel. These girls could feel valued just as much as the boys. In fact, Mike shared with me that some of the boys had been flaunting their new jerseys and had upset some of the girls, so when the girls received their own jersey they were beaming and had huge smiles.