Rachael Drye and Finote Asfaw’s family has made sacrifices, living in a small home in Whitestown, IN, to save money for their clinic to be built in Ethiopia.

By Danielle Rush (The Reporter) |

Kokomo, IN―Leadership can be found through love.

And this is a love story.

It’s not only about Rachael Drye and Finote Asfaw’s love for each other, but also the compassion for his native Ethiopia and for the people of that eastern African country.

It’s a love that drives them to relocate across the world from Indiana, where they prepare to return home with their four young children, ready to take the lead and save lives. Their family has made sacrifices, living for now in a small Whitestown home to save money.

“Everything we do prepares us to go back and be a blessing,” Drye said. “Our goal is to raise our children and grow old in Ethiopia.”

It’s an unlikely story, as they grew up on opposite sides of the world. Rachael was born and raised in Indiana, first in Winona Lake, then Logansport, and started college with plans to be a personal trainer. However, she couldn’t ignore a heartfelt call to go out into the world to serve people.

She took a leap of faith, accepting an offer to teach English to elementary school children in Ethiopia, more than 7,500 miles from home and family. After she arrived, she quickly fell in love with the country, and its warm and welcoming people. In particular, she fell in love with fellow teacher Finote Asfaw, who grew up in Ethiopia’s capitol, Addis Ababa.

A friendship that began over a game of soccer there led to marriage before Drye was due to return to Indiana.

Finding Their Mission

A life-changing visit to Mother Theresa’s hospital in Addis Ababa inspired the mission that would drive their futures.

“I was quickly overwhelmed with the amount of need, and my overwhelming sense of inadequacy,” Drye said. “I was paralyzed by the moaning and groaning that were the constant background noise. I couldn’t speak the language to comfort, give medicine to relieve their pain, or know how to stop the diseases that were wreaking havoc on their minds and bodies. I remember feeling disillusioned by the smells, sounds and sights I was witnessing.”

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