Beth Ratliff Venable was a beautiful mother and wife with a passion for Ethiopia.
Because of complications with a sudden brain disease, she went to be with the Lord shortly after bringing their adopted son home from Ethiopia, leaving her husband and four children to live out her legacy and passion to help the lives of those in Ethiopia and beyond.
Shortly after her death, money from those who were touched by Beth's life was donated to Ordinary Hero to carry on Beth's vision to make a difference. Michael found himself quickly on the ground in Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero founders, Shane and Kelly Putty, to see exactly where some of that money would be used.
Michael found himself visiting Kore` (Korah), which is the trash dump community of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the first time. His eyes were opened to the tremendous needs and struggles within this community.
The women labor daily in the trash dump to collect anything they can find that might feed their families.
While in Ethiopia Michael met Maste, a trusted guide, translator and friend of Ordinary Hero.
Maste grew up in this community and has a heart to help the mothers of Kore.
Maste states, "If you help a mother then you help the entire family move out of poverty."
This trip proved to be a blessing to Michael. Part of Beth's life seed was planted in Maste's upcoming Coffee business which will hire the mothers of the Kore` community to roast and bag the coffee. This will in turn, pull them out of a life in the trash dump and poverty, setting their children free from the cycle of defeat and allowing them to go to school and live the life that God intended them to live.
In December we were excited to see the beginning stages of the building.
Today Maste sent us a picture of the first coffee roasting machine, as he unveiled the name of his new coffee business to Michael for the very first time!
We are excited to announce
KORE BETH COFFEE!
This is just one of the ways that Beth's life continue's to make a difference in the lives of those she was so passionate about. If you have not seen the powerful story of Michael and Beth Venable and Michael's quest to live on her life legacy, I encourage you to watch this video. For more info and pictures of the beautiful life of Beth, CLICK HERE to visit the Beth Venable Memorial Fund Page.