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Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review of "No Greater Love" and Catching Up

I have so much to catch you guys up on!  I mentioned a little about our vacation back home to MS/AL in THIS POST.  What I haven't shared with you is all the amazing pictures of family and fun we had and all the sweet moments in the midst of a trying and discouraging situation with the car.  Plus, our family is helping with a backyard Bible club a sweet couple in our church is hosting this week at their home and we will be hosting one in our neighborhood next week!  Busy and fun times are going on around our neck of the woods.

I hope to get around to sharing more about our trip back home later in the week and will be sharing about the backyard Bible clubs as well so stay tuned on those things.  Today I want to share with you a book I've recently read and a ministry that uniquely reaches out to both orphans and widows in Ethiopia.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a copy of No Greater Love by Levi Benkert.  Levi cares for orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, along with his wife Jessie and their four children - Nickili, Luella, Ruth and Edalawit (Everly).  Their ministry is Bring Love In and you can visit them at their website found HERE.  In the book, Levi, with the help of co-author Candy Chand, shares Levi and Jessie's initial time in Ethiopia working with an orphanage and the experiences there that lead to the ministry Bring Love In.

Without much planning or thought, Levi moves his family to Ethiopia to a little village named Jinka to work with an orphanage that largely housed children rescued from "minji killings".  Tribes in that area feared "spirits" who they believed would some how harm them or discipline them in some way if children with some defect were not killed.  Or if the tribe was not notified of a couple's plan to conceive of if a child's upper teeth came in before their bottom teeth.

These babies would be taken right after birth and either left to die on their own or their mouths would be stuffed with dirt and they would suffocate.  Levi and his family quickly saw the desperation in the work that lay before them.  He tells their story and the story of these children in No Greater Love.

Reading this book did several things for me:
  • Reminded me of the desperate need for the gospel all over the world.
  • Helped me realize the need to pray more for people on missions such as these in remote parts of the world.
  • Reminded me that God is powerful enough to work with even my mistakes and misunderstandings to affect His purposes.
You won't waste your time by reading No Greater Love.  So hop on over to and order your copy HERE.  And by all means, visit the website for Bring Love In.  You will be blessed!
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Happy Reading,