Dear Friends and Supporters of Addis Hope,
I am writing this 2017 Easter message from Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ where I’m recovering from a bout with pneumonia. My hope, of course is that my next message will be written from our Addis Hope program in Ethiopia. As always, my apologies for this mass mailing. This time I have a good excuse.
When I think of the Easter season, I think of those who make possible the education and feeding of our impoverished kindergarten age children of Addis Ababa street families. I think of Psalm Sunday and how palms were tangible symbols we held in our hands making the story of Jesus’ last days something we could literally grasp. The dictionary tells us the name palm tree derives from the way the leaves resemble the shape of an outstretched hand. And there we can find their deepest meaning. With that hand, earth can be tilled, clay can be formed and empires built. With that hand a flower can be given or a stone can be hurled. We can grasp the hand of another to squeeze away fear or to offer friendship. A hand can heal a hurt of brush aside a tear.
We in the Addis Hope program, children and staff, are grateful for the outstretched hands of our donor partners that have allowed us to provide two years of kindergarten education and daily hot meals to more than two thousand children over the years, children with no hope of an education of any kind were it not for those outstretched hands.
For those unfamiliar with how to assist our children, a tax free check can be written to Brothers of the Christian Schools (with a memo stating for Addis Hope) and mailed to Brother Timothy Froehlich 444 A Route 35 South Eatontown, NJ 07724
Brother Tim will deposit any checks in our Addis Hope account.
May you have a blessed Easter (Melkam Fassika)
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)
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