Saturday, August 30, 2014

30% OFF STOREWIDE SALE Plus FREE "I Give A Sheep" Mug

Don't miss this STOREWIDE 30% OFF SALE in the Ordinary Hero Store


Get a FREE "I Give A Sheep" Mug with ANY store purchase as our way to say "Thanks"
in honor of all who ever "gave a sheep". 

Enter "freemug" coupon code at checkout. 

30% off automatically deducted at checkout. 


Happy Shopping!! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2015 Ethiopia Trip Dates Are Posted!

Visit our WEBSITE to see all the new 2015 Ethiopia trip dates posted and ready for you to sign up! 

Join us on one of the many trips, beginning this December through next summer! Your life will be forever changed as  your eyes are opened to the needs along with the love that abide together in a country that we love! 

What are you waiting for? Sign up while there is space available. Email any questions or inquiries to

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrating the Life Of Beth Venable This Month!

Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) and her husband boasts of and praises her saying "Many women have done virtuously, nobly, and well (with strength of character that is steadfast in goodness) but you excel them all. Proverbs 31:28-29.

Ordinary Hero is taking the month of August to celebrate the life of Beth Venable. It has been two years, this month, since the sudden passing of Beth. Beth Venable loved the Lord, loved her husband, and loved her 4 children with all her heart. She had a passion for orphans, which led to the adoption of their son from Ethiopia in 2011. Due to complications from an unexpected brain surgery, Beth went home to be with the Lord on August 24, 2012. Beth's loving kindness was an inspiration to many. Her husband, Michael, asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Ordinary Hero on Beth's behalf. He wanted to see her life lived on through the countless number of orphans who could be helped because of the life that Beth lived here on earth. Click here to see the moving story of Beth and Michael Venable.

After a trip to Ethiopia in October of 2012, Michael decided that he wanted the Beth Venable Memorial Fund to help launch the Ordinary Hero Life Center in Ethiopia. 

This Life Center offers a warm and inviting place for adoptive families to stay during the adoption process while in Ethiopia, giving them their first night free of charge and a loving place for them to bond with their new child for the first time. The Life Center also houses all of the OH Mission teams along with guests and teams from other organizations and church groups throughout the year as they serve children in need. This Life Center continues to be a blessing to our teams and adoptive families as they show love and support to children in need while serving in Ethiopia. 

See how the OH Life Center has blessed hundreds this past year!


Each adoptive family receives a discounted rate and one night's stay, free of charge, as a way to show our appreciation to families, like Beth's, that go through such extraordinary efforts to adopt internationally. Your donation will help Ordinary Hero continue the great work to show our support to these families and team members that travel across the world to adopt and serve children in need.

Please consider becoming a monthly partner of any amount, which is a great way to make your donation last throughout the year. Click the "monthly" option on the donate page
Become a monthly partner and receive a FREE OH TSHIRT OF YOUR CHOICE. 
Email with your tshirt choice and size. Visit the OH Store to see options and availability.

 A gift of $500 will provide one night stay FREE and FREE breakfast the entire week in Ethiopia for 5 ADOPTIVE FAMILIES. With this gift, you also have the option of adding a name plate to the "Life Wall" inside the lobby of the Life Center in Ethiopia. You can add your family name, adopted child's name, in honor of your loved one's name, church or business name to the nameplate.  Please put the name you would like on the nameplate in the message box when making your donation. Email with any questions. 


We thank you for your continued support of the Beth Venable Memorial Fund and the OH Life Center! We count on your support to keep the Life Center and other projects through the Beth Venable Fund running strong. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Project Backpack in Nashville

On August 5th, Ordinary Hero held it's annual Project Backpack for the children at the Nashville Rescue Mission. 65 backpacks were filled with school supplies and distributed by Ordinary Heroes with great big hearts! 

BIG thanks to Bev Stacey for organizing such a much needed outreach for these children.  We really appreciate you always doing such a great job, Bev!

We want to thank all of you who donated toward this outreach! We also want to thank all the families who showed up to help pass out backpacks. This is always a great way to get the kids involved in giving back. 

We had many young volunteer Ordinary Heroes helping to make sure each child got a backpack filled with supplies. 

One family donated a backpack with supplies and added a sweet note with it. The mother came up to our coordinator and asked her to be sure to tell this family how much the backpack meant to her since she was not able to provide for her daughter this year. 
The smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to someone in need. We can all make a difference in the life of another that could use our blessing. Thanks to all who participated in blessing these sweet children and their mothers. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ethiopia Through The Eyes Of A High School Graduate Team Member

We LOVE our High School/College kids that join our teams every summer! 
This summer OH welcomed 55 High School/College kids as they jumped on board our summer trips to serve children in need in Ethiopia! 

We love watching their eyes be opened to the needs across the ocean!
We love watching their gifts be discovered and used to serve children in need!
We love watching their hearts burst open with compassion!
We love watching them pour love out of themselves that they didn't even know they had!
And we love watching their hearts be emotionally moved 
by the unexpected love they receive in return!

 Meet Jasmine! She just graduated from High School and wants to be a professional photographer. 
She joined us this summer in Ethiopia and was able to let her love for the children be expressed through the work she strives for and loves! 
"I fell in love with Ethiopia and the children there when my family adopted my brother. As a teenager...It was eye opening and a life changing experience for me and God stirred my heart to serve. Ordinary Hero has been such a blessing to my family and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go on mission trips with them and be a part of something way bigger than myself." 

Check out this video Jasmine made and catch a glimpse of Ethiopia and the things that stood out to her the most through the eyes of this teenager that longs to change the world! 

Stay tuned for new OH Ethiopia Summer of 2015 Trip Dates!!
Coming Soon! 
Join Us!