how we began
Elpis International began in the heart of Pastor Michael Arega. Michael grew up in Ethiopia and saw the hurt and suffering of poor and orphaned children. In Ethiopia he planted and organized churches to help the local children with food, shelter and educational needs. After hearing the call from God to plant a church in United States he carried this burden with him. His vision was to create sustainable centers throughout Ethiopia to care for poor and orphaned children. By sharing his vision and heart with Pastor Manny they began praying to see if God would open up this door. Soon their prayers would become reality in the creation of Elpis International. A team of volunteers was created in Ethiopia and the United States. Their effort enabled Elpis to obtain a license from the Ethiopian and United States Governments. This authorization allows for Elpis to expand all over Ethiopia and throughout the world, helping people in the poorest of areas, providing hope and empowering permanent change to the nations.
As the two men continued to work and build momentum in getting Elpis International from idea to reality they began to pray for a leader who could join in this endeavor. In 2006 Josh Leinbach became our first missionary and subsequent Missions Coordinator for this fledgling NGO. Since then Josh, his wife Angele and many of his family members and friends have become vital leaders and volunteers in the work of Elpis International. Josh has great faith and his love for the children in Ethiopia has inspired numerous trips and projects to ease suffering and offer hope.