Famine in Ethiopia

Please take a moment to watch this short news clip on the famine in Ethiopia and how children, just like my Ethiopian children, are being affected. Eby and Little Man are both from Soddo in rural southern Ethiopia and could have been suffering the way many of these children are. This is no longer something I can read about and think, “Oh, that is so sad.” No, now I read about it and think, “What is happening to Eby’s grandfather?” or “I wonder if Little Man has cousins who are sick and starving?”

And while the children in Ethiopia starve, my little ones grow stronger and healthier. Why them? Why the suffering for children just like them? What should our response be to this suffering?

Dr. Ruth Droppers at Soddo Christian Hospital is serving the poorest of the poor in Soddo Wolaita, Ethiopia. Russ and I visited the hospital when we went to get our boys in March of 2007. You can read about our trip HERE. Dr. Ruth and others who serve in Soddo are doing a wonderful work meeting the medical needs of the suffering poor. My friend, Heidi, has written several posts about Ruth that you can read on her blog. This post in particular is very good.

We plan to return to Soddo this summer when we travel to get B. Since we came home last year, we have been able to locate Eby’s grandfather and we hope to meet him when we visit Dr. Ruth. In the meantime I pray that he, along with any other family members, will have enough to eat and will still be alive in August when we travel.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Anonymous
    June 14, 2008

    Hi again Lisa!

    My husband and I have friends in Soddo at the Christian Hospital there: Jackie and Duane Anderson. Wonder if they work closely with Dr. Ruth. Our hearts continue to break with every news report of the famine over in Ethiopia. We have friends in Awassa that will be going through the exact same thing. We often wonder if they will be alive when we go back next. We will continue to pray for them.

    Love in Christ,

  2. Wendi
    June 14, 2008

    Thanks for keeping it real…when we don’t watch these reports…when we choose not to feel the gravity of the suffering, we grow useless. Crying tears for those precious people…

  3. the ewings
    June 18, 2008

    I too am so touched by articles and news about ET. I’m so worried and it is on our list of daily prayers. Would you be able to take a few little things for Dr. Ruth when you go? I would love to send some encouraging notes and things. – Chris


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