Lisa Price Kuhn is working to bring Behaylu, an Ethiopian orphan, to the U.S. to get an education at Traders Point Christian Academy (TPCA) in Whitestown, Indiana

By Desiree Williams (Current) |

CARMEL, Ind.―When Lisa Price Kuhn traveled to an Ethiopian orphanage on a mission trip in 2013, she had no idea how much it would change her life.

Kuhn was astonished by the groups of children who had so much hope despite having so little.

“What struck me with all of these kids I met was their brightness and their happiness,” Kuhn said. “They were smiling and so happy to see you, and they were so full of joy and they had so little. They didn’t have family. They didn’t have a home, and they were so full of joy.”

After a tragic fatal automobile accident, the orphanage had stopped transporting the children to the city for schooling and decided to have them stay in the village. Kuhn, a teacher, said this set the children back in their education, so she decided to help one of the teens whose plans to take college exams the following year were derailed.

Behaylu was 14 years old when Kuhn met him. He didn’t have parents who could care for him, and his brothers were unable to provide support. Kuhn said Behaylu just tugged at her heart, and they developed a special friendship.

Now, Kuhn is working to bring Behaylu to the U.S. to get an education at Traders Point Christian Academy (TPCA) in Whitestown. The school is ready for him, but he has not yet received the proper approvals to leave his home nation. But Kuhn – like the children in the orphanage – isn’t giving up hope.

“From the day I met him, I decided I was going to do what I could to bring him here for an education and for family,” Kuhn said.

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