Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Hey everyone! This is Joanna, Rebecca's sister; I'll be updating Nate and Rebecca's blog for the next couple weeks while they're in ETHIOPIA!

So . . . they left the states Sunday at noon. After a (long!) flight to Ethiopia, they landed around 3:00 a.m. (our time). Initially, they were anticipating meeting Little Boy M and Baby Girl H a full day after arriving. BUT as soon as they met their contact person off the plane, he asked them if they wanted to go and MEET THE KIDS RIGHT AWAY! They were shocked and so blessed by this opportunity!! They spent over 2 hours with the children, experiencing an instant bond that truly reflects how God has been preparing all of their hearts in this. Understandably so, they were unable to put into words how meaningful of an experience this was for them. We are all rejoicing that these little ones were finally wrapped up in the big loving arms of Nate and Rebecca!!!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS! They are meeting with some dear friends today and have many activities and opportunities coming up during their time over there. Ultimately, they are just so grateful to finally have held their little ones tightly in their arms. Truly amazing!


  1. "unable to put into words how meaningful of an experience this was for them" :: instant tears! I get it. Celebrating with you...imagining you in their rooms at Tikuret. Tell Sister Asayech Judah (Abebayehu) and Addise (Tarike) are doing EXCELLENT and we love them SOOOOOO much!

  2. I can personally attest to the bond!! What a thrilling moment to see you united with your littles. Cannot WAIT to see them home with you. Praying for you for the rest of your trip. So wonderful to share such a special day with you!!