Yemisrach Melton has lived in two different worlds. Though she was raised on a farm in rural Montana, where the air was fresh and the stars were radiant, this was not her first home. Her story began in Ethiopia far beyond the mountains of Big Sky Country.
Exactly six years ago, July 2014, I had the honor of meeting Yemi on a two week mission trip to Costa Rica with Never the Same Missions. We had both earned a spot on this adventure by winning Sisterhood Magazine’s (formerly known as Brio Magazine) “Faith in the Wait” essay contest.
I will never forget talking to Yemi for the first time, using my parent’s landline, and listening to her story of rescue and redemption. She was only ten years old when she left Ethiopia and was adopted by a family in the United States. Everything was new, she was scared, did not speak English, and most of all she missed her mother.
Seven years later Yemi’s toes touched Ethiopian soil and she was able to reunite with her biological mother once again. Her mother had been praying for this moment!! This journey is one that only a loving Heavenly Father could create.
Thinking about how God used Costa Rica to change our lives forever makes me very teary today. He was so kind to connect two girls with similar and also very different stories, who had never been on an international mission trip before, and made their dreams come true!! Have an open heart and a few of tissues handy as we celebrate this today. As Yemi says, “all glory to God”.
Currently, Yemi is a student at Liberty University studying sociology and psychology. Her hope is to one day counsel families through the adoptive process. She has also served as a Compassion Go Rep with Compassion International Child Sponsorship Program.
Music, “Lifted” from It’s All Beautiful Right Here by Lily Garay
Ad music, “Monogram” by Patrick Patrikios
“Fake Heartz” by Lily Garay