Saturday, August 15, 2015

OH Life Center~ Ethiopia

OH LIFE CENTER in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Where families begin their bond for the first time.
Where the dream of adoption finally becomes a reality.
Where the Ordinary Hero travels and stays 
to change lives in Ethiopia.

Are you planning to travel to Ethiopia 
for adoption, missions, business? 

Visit the OH Guesthouse website to learn more and book your stay, or email  

We can't wait to watch you grow in family and in love in Ethiopia! 
See you across the ocean!  

OH Life Center ~ The First Year from Ordinary Hero on Vimeo.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Meet our featured TEEN Ordinary Hero!

Meet Allie! She is our featured TEEN Ordinary Hero! She has traveled to Ethiopia 4 times since she was 15 years old! 
We LOVE our teens that serve with OH! 

My name is Allie McCraw, I am 18 years old, and I have been to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4 times with Ordinary Hero! Participating in the Ordinary Hero trips has changed my life and given me an entirely new perspective. Every time I go I learn something new, whether it's another word in Amharic or how something as little as holding a child's hand can impact their life. I plan to keep returning as much as I can because every day is so fulfilling. Although at times the poverty is overwhelming, the amount of love given and received is hard to stay away from. Though I live in Tennessee, my heart lives in Ethiopia.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Ordinary Hero team members capture some Ethiopia INSTA moments! Thanks for your hashtags and thanks for serving children in need in Ethiopia this summer! #ordinaryhero #changetheworldforone

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ORDINARY. the documentary

Local Nashville, come out on August 20 to the first screening of our new documentary, ORDINARY.

Imagine taking your entire family across the ocean to a third world country for one month. Imagine what it would be like for your adopted child from that country to meet his birth family for the first time and hear the gripping account of "why" he was put into an orphanage. Imagine taking your family into the depths of so much poverty, starvation, and medical needs that it changes them forever. 

This inspiring documentary showcases how one, ORDINARY, Tennessee family of eight, steps out of their everyday routine of life to travel across the ocean to serve children in need in Ethiopia. They are met with the gripping reality of their adopted son's back story, They find themselves stumbling upon tragic, immediate, medical needs. And above all, they are met with unbelievable love that pours from a country that seems to materially have nothing. Join the founders of Ordinary Hero Foundation on this journey through their ORDINARY life! Witness the power of adoption, serving those less fortunate, and the reality of life in a third world filled with orphans. Be inspired to CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE simply by being ORDINARY!

 We want to share our journey with you because we want you to touch ONE person. To show them love when they feel forgotten.

Purchase your ticket for this August 20 event and get more info here. 

If you are interested in hosting a viewing of this documentary in YOUR area, please contact 

Ordinary. Documentary Trailer from Ordinary Hero on Vimeo.

INSTAGRAM #ordinaryhero

Do you have an INSTA? Follow Ordinary_hero and hashtag #ordinaryhero #changetheworldforone. We love seeing and sharing all the cuteness! Celebrate adoption, foster care, foster-to-adopt, family, love! Big thanks to all of you who hashtagged us in these photos of your adorable world changers! CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

See Jane In Ethiopia!

Jane Rhodes is a lifestyle blogger, artist, graphic designer and mother of four. Her blog and instagram reaches thousands. She recently traveled to Ethiopia with her daughter on an Ordinary Hero dental team this summer. 

"Myla and I went on our first Ordinary Hero mission in June. I still don’t have the right words for the experience. I shared a few of the highlights on instagram @see_jane, and I created the video above to remember as many details as possible."

She captured her experience beautifully in this video she put together. Thank you, Jane and Myla, for serving with OH this summer! 

Ethiopia 2015 from Jane Rhodes on Vimeo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

In The News In Knoxville, TN!

 Check out this news story in Knoxville, TN featuring OH team leader, Sabrina Freeland! Sabrina tells of her time and experience leading a team to Ethiopia in July to serve children and families in need. Sabrina's 12 year old son joined her on this trip and together they were able to spend time with their sponsored child while serving children in need and advocating for sponsorship in one of the world's poorest countries. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Speaking Up For Sponsorship!

Alison and Richard Weakley, from TN, are 10 kids strong....through sponsorship, that is! Having been on two Ordinary Hero Ethiopia trips, they have learned to come back and use their passion for what they experienced and what they saw in Ethiopia, to SPEAK UP! In May they spoke of their experience serving in Ethiopia at McKendree United Methodist Church and again in July at Mt Carmel United Methodist, sharing pictures and stories of their time in Ethiopia. Their voice of advocacy resulted in 10 children finding sponsorship and over $600 in donations!

Alison and Richard sponsor two children in Ethiopia, themselves. During their time in Ethiopia with the Ordinary Hero team, they were able to visit with their sponsor children and see their homes. This personal experience is what drives their passion for children in need. They have personally seen how these children live and the impact of sponsorship and how it changes lives.....even their own.