How we got started...
Two weeks after returning home, Jodi got a call from her fellow dreamer saying he had found a house that had plenty of rooms, and a couple who agreed to live with the shoeshine boys! A plan for a return trip began. Jodi recruited her close friend, Kim York, and Kellye recruited her sister and brother-in-law, Dixi and Blaise Campanella. On June 1, 2013, this team of four moms, one dad, and a college student, traveled to Ethiopia to set up the house for the boys! God did amazing things and worked out a plan only He could have orchestrated! These homeless, shoeshine boys that roam the streets trying to earn enough money every day to pay for a place to sleep every night, will not be forgotten anymore.
Since that first trip, we have opened a second home with another 13 boys, a feeding center and sponsor 84 families, each with a special needs child. Our long term hope is to impact many lives in Jesus’ Name!
In December 2011, Todd, Jodi and Jeremy Guy went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet their soon to be adopted boys, Worake and Dimo. During this trip, they met the “shoeshine boys” (young boys that come to the city to work from their country-side villages because their families are too poor to take care of them) and somewhere between playing catch and soccer in the guest house yard, they all fell in love. Each boy, so sweet and desiring attention, stole their hearts. It was heart wrenching to leave them when it was time. But, Jodi had a plan for her return visit when she would be picking up her adopted sons. She collected many needed items and returned in February 2012 with a new outfit and shoes for each boy she had met and more, 45 total! With the help of her guide, she took one boy at a time into the guest house she was staying in and washed them and dressed them in new clothes. It was a full day of blessings! Again, the departure was bittersweet. Jodi was finally bringing her adopted boys home but leaving behind many pieces of her heart. She knew one day she was going to return.
April 2013, Jodi finally returned with another mission group, and she invited her sister-in-law, Kellye Jones, to come and share the experience. Their mission trip was full of experiences to see and help the children of Ethiopia, and Kellye quickly fell in love with not only the country, but also Jodi's shoeshine boys. One night, Jodi and Kellye began talking with the guide, and they dreamed together about having a house for the shoeshine boys to call home.
First group on the ground, June 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ~ Pedro Lima, Kellye Jones, Kim York, Blaise & Dixi Campanella and Jodi Guy
June 1, 2013, we started our journey with only a vision and a DEEP love for a group of boys we barely knew, but God knew! From every step of Faith into unknown territory, God has gone before us and made a way.