East Petersburg Mennonite Church will host the Shannon family as guest speakers on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. The family will speak about their mission work through Embracing Hope Ethiopia, which they formed.
Embracing Hope Ethiopia is a nonprofit working with underprivileged children and orphans in the Korah neighborhood of Addis Abba, the capital of Ethiopia. The neighborhood began as a leper colony and was later used as the city landfill.
Jerry and Christy Shannon began their mission work in Ethiopia in 2009 and started Embracing Hope Ethiopia in 2011. They had felt called to pursue this work when they traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter, Hanna, in 2008.
Since its founding, Embracing Hope Ethiopia has grown to serve more than 108 children from 100 families. The organization operates a literacy center, as well as two day care centers that provide child care to enable mothers to find sustainable employment. Embracing Hope Ethiopia employs 40 Ethiopian staff members. The Shannons cooperate with individuals, churches and organizations to offer holistic healing to their clients. They accomplish this task predominately through sponsorships.
Prior to serving in Ethiopia, Jerry and Christy Shannon planted the Lancaster Vineyard Church in Lancaster in 2001. East Petersburg Mennonite Church's associate pastor, Jeff McLain, attended Lancaster Vineyard Church and spent a few years being mentored by Jerry Shannon in a ministry internship.
Light refreshments will be served at the Sept. 5 event. To learn more about Embracing Hope Ethiopia, readers may visit http://www.embrachinghopeethiopia.com. East Petersburg Mennonite Church is located at 6279 Main St., East Petersburg.