United States – The Adams family of five, including parents Dave and Kim, is moving to Ethiopia. It’s not your typical summer vacation for Kylie (15), Nati (16), Caleb (12), Yonas (20) and Jensen (15). that the family of seven is full of laughter, teasing and love. Now their journey is about to enter an exciting new phase as they depart for Ethiopia. Kim Adams remarked, “We still want the boys to have their legacy.” Their food, their culture and their scents are an integral part of who they are, just as it is important to us that the people of our region offer lefse at Christmas.
The Lutheran ministry at Concordia College and North Dakota State University is led by the Adams’ children, Kim and Dave. Nati Adams and her younger brother Yonas were both born in Ethiopia. When Kim Adams took her religious group to an orphanage, it changed their lives forever.
It’s a gift. Seeing all these children reminds me that being a mother has always been my dream job. When we adopted them, they were 6 and 10 years old. I equate the feeling I had seeing their photo (…) with seeing a positive pregnancy test. There really is no other way for me to say it. It’s not magic, but I can’t help but think that’s how things must always have been between us. And its brokenness, since life is not simple, pink and easy, as Kim Adams said.
Kim and Dave Adams are taking their five children on an unforgettable trip to Ethiopia. For some young people, this is a first; for Nati and Yonas, it’s a return to their roots in their hometown. Yonas Adams, now a student at Concordia, remarked, “I still keep in touch with some of my buddies from the orphanage.”
Nati Adams: “I guess it’s going to be different because I’m different now. So, I guess I’m mostly excited, but also a little nervous about going back. This is an opportunity to expose everyone to Ethiopian customs, cuisine and atmosphere. “I like to go to different places. Dave Adams: “I love this quote that says, ‘I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.’ So this trip is so special because to go to the birthplace of two of our sons, when do you get that? »
Nati and Yonas Adams return with their siblings and parents, who have had and have been touched by the lives of their sons. “Even though we come from different parts of the world, we are united as a family and our stories (maybe) have different origins, but they have found the same heart,” said Dave Adams.