Published Thu, Jan 07, 2021
Ethiopia uses the Julian calendar, so the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and Evangelical Churches celebrate the birth of Christ on January 7. The day is known as Ganna in Ethiopia. The day before Ganna, people fast all day. On the morning of the 7th, everyone dresses in white, most in a traditional ‘shamma’ which is a thin white cotton wrap, and attend the early mass at 4:00 AM. The Priests wear turbans and red and white robes and carry beautiful embroidered and fringed umbrellas.
Modern Orthodox Churches in Ethiopia are built in concentric circles. The...
Published Thu, Dec 31, 2020
Have you ever felt the calling to use your gifts and talents in the mission field? For some, the answer might be "yes . . . but". While overseas missions can be off-the-charts gratifying, the process of making it happen can be so overwhelming that many who hear the "calling" are prone to give-up before they ever get started.
One of the many blessings that we experienced as an organization this past year was the development of a partnership with an international missions organization called "TeachBeyond". Through TeachBeyond, educators, administrators and school support...
Published Wed, Dec 23, 2020
Many have asked if school is back in session in Ethiopia. The answer is YES! And the Adams Thermal Academies are leading the way back to school!
In early November, grades 5 through 12 in Ethiopia were allowed back in the classroom if a COVID prevention plan was presented to the Zonal government and approved. Our team in Addis Ababa along with the schools in Hosanna and Ottoro worked aggressively to develop measures that would allow school operations to continue while keeping students and staff safe. These measures included contact-less hand washing, social distancing,...
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Many of our supporters have a relationship with the organization through child sponsorship. One of the key people working "behind-the-scenes" is Keith Beachler, our Director of Sponsorship. Keith also wears two hats in the same way that other Foundation staff do. As Director of Sponsorship, Keith is responsible for our Sponsor Advocate program, sponsor communications and also assists the Foundation with Human Resource-related issues, logistical tasks and events. In his role with Adams Thermal Systems, our parent organization, Keith oversees Human Resources and Safety.
Supporting overseas missions is nothing new to Keith because he's...
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After a long and prayerful search, it is with great hope and anticipation that we welcome Nega Megersa to Adams Thermal Foundation (ATF) in Ethiopia as our new Country Director, effective July 1, 2020. Nega will lead and work alongside our senior management team at our ATF offices in Addis Ababa. He will report to our Director of African Operations, Dr. Samuel Getachew from the U.S. Office.
Prior to joining ATF, Mr. Megersa served as the Program Manager for Voice of Wilderness Developmental Organization (VWDO), an Ethiopian non-profit...