Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5th Annual CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE Event

Our annual benefit dinner and silent auction is fast approaching! 


Don't miss this exciting night! We would love for you to join us for dinner, an amazing silent auction, and a chance to be inspired to CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE at our 5th annual Ordinary Hero Benefit Dinner! 
APRIL 24, 2014
LIBERTY HALL IN THE FACTORY AT FRANKLIN
FRANKLIN, TN

BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!


Featuring Special Guest & Performance By
SHeDAISY

COME
BE INSPIRED
CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE

Get your tickets here

Friday, March 14, 2014

Attention Indiana Friends!!


There is a brand new adoption conference for our friends in Indiana! Starts tomorrow, March 15th!! Ordinary Hero will have a table hosted by one of our volunteers, Heather. If you are in the area, stop by the County Line Church of God at 7716 North County Line Church Auburn, IN 46706. For more information and to register click here.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

RUN FOR ONE, April 26, with Team Ordinary Hero in the Country Music Marathon




We are looking for runner/walkers/fundraisers to join Team Ordinary Hero, April 26, in the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN! This is a great way to support Ordinary Hero and raise funds and awareness for our cause. Sign up and create your own personal fundraising page today! Change the world for one! Join Us!

  CLICK HERE for more information about joining our cause, starting your own  team of fundraisers and creating your own personal fundraising page.

We are also looking for sponsors to support Team Ordinary Hero! Your name or business will be featured on our marathon shirts during the race.  

Please email Colleen@ordinaryhero.org

Friday, February 21, 2014

Perspective From An Ordinary Hero, Ethiopia Team Member~ "I Felt Her Pain In This Moment."

Guest post by Nakisha, Ordinary Hero, January 2014, Ethiopia Team Member ~




As I return to my lifestyle after spending seven days in Ethiopia, I jumped back into my routine a bit.  As I’m driving around in my oversized SUV heading to pay top dollar for some Espresso & baked goods, my thoughts travel back to the tiny village of Korah.  It is not tiny in population at all.  There are over 100,000 people living in this village.  I say tiny because these 100,000 people are living within a one and a half mile radius.  I am blessed to be living in the one of the richest counties in America, and yet I felt richer in Ethiopia.  How can this be you might ask?

While the villages, orphanages, and areas that I visited reeked with poverty and great physical need,  I found great joy and richness in the faith that is spilling over throughout this country.  I found inspiration and healing with the great love from my team members and from the beautiful people of Ethiopia.

My short term mission experience has yes, “opened my eyes” and yes, “they (the people of Ethiopia) blessed me more than I blessed them” and for this I am forever grateful.  I don’t want to stop there though.  I want to encapsulate these feelings and turn them into something bigger, something that has eternal value.  I want to be a blessing because I AM blessed.  I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a very tangible way.  If you haven’t been on a mission trip, I would highly encourage you to do so.  Just  “SIGN UP”.  It will be the best thing you could do for your life this year!

As I press forward with prayer and excitement in my heart, I will leave you with the picture and story of a beautiful woman I met in the village of Korah.




She sits gracefully while hanging her head in shame.  She humbled us with her story. She is a mother of two teen boys, living without a husband, in a mud shack.  Her body is overtaken with Leprosy.  Her fingers are gone.  Her toes and feet are gone.  When she slowly removed her shoes to show us what this treatable disease had done to her body, it took all the power within me to not burst into tears.  I felt her pain in this moment.  If she were disabled like this while living in America she would have a means through our government system to at least survive and possibly thrive.  There is no such system that exists for her in Ethiopia, and definitely not in Korah.  She is left to beg on the streets for her survival.  She slowly lifts her head garment to reveal an impression on her head where she was hit by a vehicle while trying to survive by begging on the street. She has constant migraines because of it.  She has no relief, no Advil, no Tylenol…nothing.  She can’t run to the local store for pain meds.  She can’t go to her medical doctor for help.  She has to suffer.  Unfortunately, she is not a minority in Korah. She is a part of the majority of women living in such inhumane circumstances.

I will not leave you…I will come to you John 14:18

Through OH and the team members of the January 2014 trip, she was able to see that God heard her prayers and fulfilled HIS promise to come to her.  In this moment, as we tangibly lived out the mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus, we stepped up to change the world for this one. I was able to see just how powerful and important missions can be for the masses but mostly for the one. We had a team member that advocated on her behalf and this beautiful woman now has a sponsor. I saw first hand that all the things that break my heart, break God's heart as well. What a blessing to be able to help change the world for this beautiful woman. God knew exactly where she lived and what she needed and we just "happened" to step right into her path.

Are you confused about how you fit into God’s plan?  Are you unsure of what purpose you can serve to make a difference in the world?  Go to www.ordinaryhero.org and click on the MISSIONS tab, you will be so glad you did! Search yourself and be a part of “Changing the world for one”!

In Christ,

Kisha Guzman

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Local Tennessee Orphan Awareness Event!!

We are so excited to share with you an upcoming event THIS Saturday, February 22, 10-2, at Fellowship Bible Church in Franklin, TN. It's called the Wait No More Event.


Wait No More: Finding Families for Tennessee’s Waiting KidsSaturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Fellowship Bible Church
1210 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027



Check out their webpage to register for this FREE event!

Watch this promotional video.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Inspire ONE...Meet the needs of MANY

Our mission at Ordinary Hero is to INSPIRE and EMPOWER ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child in need. It is so awesome to continually see the lives of the children and the heroes who step up to help, CHANGE. We love to hear these stories and share them with you in hopes of inspiring others!

Back in December, an adoptive mom who was staying at the OH Life Center, along with her family, decided to go with our OH reps, Carlos and Amanda Vargas, to watch the kids at Hope for the Hopeless in their weekly soccer games. When this mom got there, her eyes were opened to all the things Hope for the Hopeless does for these kids. She also saw great need. She described in her blog that a lot of the kids didn't have blankets on their beds, their sheets were worn thin and some of their pillows had holes in them. A friend of hers, back in Wisconsin, read this blog post and thought immediately, these kids need blankets! So she went to Ordinary Hero's website and contacted us to see if we could help arrange to get blankets to these kids.

ONE woman in Ethiopia to complete her adoption and stayed at the OH Life Center is INSPIRED and presents a need. Another woman learns of that need and is INSPIRED to action, and in just a matter of a month or so, these kids had blankets! But the story doesn't end there. There happens to be a medical team, White Coat Brigade, staying at the Life Center, who hand delivered these blankets to the kids at Hope for the Hopeless while they were there to do medical exams! So many people played a part in such a simple act and 30 kids were blessed with brand new blankets. It all started with ONE who stepped up and said, "I'll help!"

Thank you so much Jenal from Wisconsin for stepping up for these kids!


We are so excited that the OH Life Center continues to not only be a nice place to stay, but a place that inspires and empowers guests to serve children in need in Ethiopia. Watch this video to see how this OH Life Center came to be!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Children In need Give To Children In Need! The Joy of Serving.


Our Team is having an amazing time serving in Ethiopia! Today we visited Hope For The Hopeless Orphanage. We love this place and the way they pour into the kids they serve! We visit them each time, giving some kind of donation, but this time was different. 

You see, every time we visit them the village children in the surrounding area line the front gate and stare in at us. Back in April we gave them new clothes and I noticed on my last trip that they STILL had on those same clothes from 9 MONTHS AGO! 

They are precious and they are dirty. I called all the kids in the orphanage over and told them I needed their help! I said "Today is your day to serve instead of be served." They were all excited to help! So we sorted all the donations and lined the village kids at the gate! 


We asked each child living in the orphanage to go get a child from the village and bring them in and clean them and give them a new outfit and shoes. 



The kids loved it and they did such a great job! 

They really took time with the children, finding them their correct sizes. 


As I watched the kids serving others in need it became such a beautiful site! 
Seeing This little girl wearing her purple dress over and over for months is what made me realize they really don't have any clothes. 





After each child dressed the children they were so happy with themselves! 





There is nothing better in the world than serving those in need that are less fortunate no matter who you are. It not only takes your mind off of your own problems but it also lets you know how bad it really could be and how good you really have it! We all need to put things into perspective and count our blessings. I'm so proud of the children at H4H! It blessed me more than anything to watch them serve instead of being served for once! World changers are at the door!! 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

New team on the ground in Ethiopia right now!

It's now Monday morning in Ethiopia and our January team has already been on the ground and serving an entire day after two days of traveling. We wanted to introduce you to this team of 12, and ask for prayers as they serve the children of Ethiopia this week.

This is Katherine from Texas and Heather from Minnesota.

Amy and Peter, a married couple from Portland, Oregon.

Molly is also from Oregon, pictured here with teammate, Nick from Nashville, Tennessee.

Kisha is also from Nashville and is pictured with Kelly.

These four from Utah were already there to meet the team. It's Kelsey, Hannah and Rachelle's first time in Ethiopia, Deborah has been many times.

Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to watch the blog for more from this team!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Search For An Ethiopian Diamond In The Rough

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

I want to tell you of a young girl that I have watched flourish over the past four years. I found a true jewel in a remote village in Ethiopia in 2010 without even knowing it. 

Let me first take you back to 2010. 

It was Ordinary Hero's first year to take a team to Ethiopia. In the middle of our team trip, we all loaded up in the big bus and went on a mad search for my son's birthmother that I had never met before. I had my husband, my daughter and one of my son's with me, along with a 22 member team in tow, and our brand new guides named Bissy and Maste. :-) 


I had one picture and that was it! Bissy, took the picture and would run off into the different villages, showing them the picture, asking if anyone knew this mother or daughter. Sure enough, we found someone who said they knew the daughter and what village she lived in. This person got in the bus with all of us and showed us where to find her. 

This was the first time I met Hiwot, my son's biological sister. 
She came walking down a dirt road and just broke down when we told her who we were. 
Before they put our son in the orphanage, she was one of the little girls in Ethiopia that you would see with a baby strapped to her back. She would care for him while their mother worked, which meant that she couldn't go to school. She sat out for two years caring for him while their mother would do the best she could to try to bring in some income. 
She had not seen her brother in close to three years. 
She missed him terribly. I think her tears were for him. 


She took us to their home. Her mother was not home. She was out working, washing clothes. 
 When we walked into their traditional, mud home, to my surprise, there were pictures of my son in this small, rural home in the middle of Africa. Seeing those pictures truly reminded me of where my son is from and what a gift he is to our family. 
 Our next stop was at the mother's workplace. Hiwot stepped out of sight into a building and the next thing I know a little woman comes sprinting out of the building and straight to me to give me the biggest hug ever! 



My son's birthmother. 

I never would have imagined the importance of meeting them that day. 

Now fast forward 4 years!!
Hiwot has been joining our teams and helping us serve over the past few years. More than that, what I realize now, is that she was taking notes. This spirit of serving others got into her soul and I am so proud to say that she, completely, on her own,  planned out an entire project for our Ordinary Hero team to work alongside her senior high school class and help children that attend a very poor school across the street from hers. 

She said that when she approached the school to tell them her idea, they didn't believe her because no student had ever wanted to help like that. She went and brought her teacher back with her to confirm and thus the project began! :-) 


Our team arrived at the school and they sent our vans over to gather the kids and bring them to us. Hiwot had arranged for an awesome injera meal to be ready when they got there. Our team really enjoyed getting to feed these beautiful kids. 

We lined up the back of the building with clothing and shoe donations. 
When the children finished eating we would bring them back and line them up to receive a new clothing item and shoes. 





 This project was such a joy! The smiles on these kids faces was priceless. They were SO excited to eat this meal and receive these gifts from our team. 




 Of course, every grand meal must be topped off with a soda! :-) 

 What a beautiful site getting to see Hiwot and her fellow classmates with their Ordinary Hero shirts on, serving alongside our team to make a difference in their own community! 




These senior students did an excellent job serving the children. After the children ate their meal and received their clothing and shoes they received new school supplies. 






What a joy it was to watch these kids in action and watch their hearts just soar for the children they were serving. 

When we were finished and all the children left one or our teammates videoed Hiwot telling why she wanted to start this project to help children in need. 

As she was explaining, she broke down and cried.....



Because she used to be one of them. 

 GOD IS GOOD!! 


Jeremiah 33:3
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS. 

You never know who will cross your path to get you where you need to go. 

What a treasure we found!! 

Sidenote: Hiwot is graduating as the valedictorian of her class and wants to be a Doctor. 

When I met her she could speak no English and now this summer she assisted and translated for our medical teams! 


She was a rockstar!!