A big thank you to all who participated in Dr. Betta's surprise 70th birthday celebration. The program was filled with many accolades and stories highlighting his life and legacy.
Perhaps the most significant two moments of the evening were the stories relayed by Atu and Ato Asmamaw. Atu, younger sister of Dr. Betta, paid a moving tribute recalling how far God had brought them from their humble beginnings in the countryside. Ato Asmamaw was the classmate who carried the 17 year old Betta from the dormitory to the hospital at 3 in the morning the night he fell ill, to what would eventually be diagnosed as leukemia. But as we all know, that is not how his story ended.
We decided to raise funds for the building program in lieu of personal gifts. Over 3million birr was raised that night. Since then we have had a continuous flow of gifts coming in. We thank all of you for your participation, and we thank God for Aba.