The Power of Listening to Your Heart and Taking Action, Joe and Rick’s story in Gunchire, Ethiopia

The town of Gunchire is where it all started for Joe Robertson and pastor Rick of Pathway Church. It was here that their partnership built Kidmia orphanage. Later came a library with 6000 books, the kindergarten expansion, a water station that provides water to a community that had none, a soccer field, and a dorm that provides for girls to attend school who otherwise could not. Gunchire was the springboard for starting the Adera Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. God has written a powerful story of life transformation through the friendship and partnership of Joe and Rick and it is an honor to help tell this story.

By all rights, this post should have been a post of buildings and land, we spent hours capturing images that included drone photos from heights exceeding 400 ft so as to provide aerial perspectives of what has been built. The physical nature of the work here is buildings, but in the end, it is all about caring for people and the desire to spread the love of Jesus in a tangible way.

Breaking the multi generational cycle of poverty is not easy, it takes commitment, hard work, accountability and compassion. I have seen Joe and Rick exhibit all of these attributes and the results that I’ve witnessed and photographed here in the little village of Gunchire has touched my heart and stirred my soul.

– On assignment with the Adera Foundation in Ethiopia, traveling with Adera founder Joe Robertson and Pastor Ricky Owen “The Adera Foundation shares the gospel in both word and deed, transforming the lives of the poor with help and true hope.” Adera stories on my Coastal Traveler blog – To learn more about how you can be a part of changing lives please see the Adera website –