Oh the heartbreak…

Hi praying friends. You may or may not have heard about the landslide at the trash-dump that occurred here in Addis on Saturday night. This is walking distance from our house, yet so far in terms of economics. It’s obviously home to some of the poorest families in Addis, but families none the less. Moms who lost children. Children who lost parents. So very sad. We personally know folks who work with these families and especially with the children who live there. Please pray for those who are grieving. Pray for those who have lost family, friends, and homes.

Oh, the brokenness, Lord Jesus, of this world. It’s so much. You truly are our only hope.




Prayer for Teachers 2


Sharon Seeberger, John Becker and me in Addis Ababa for the MANI conference

Hey friends,
I am sending this follow up to let you know how the teacher search is going for Bingham Academy. Thank you so much for those of you who’ve set your alarms @ 3:25 pm each day to pray for this need. You are joining a prayer movement all across the globe.  Please see the latest info below on how to continue to pray and how to alert others to the needs.  And keep on praying until we see 100% of all positions filled with committed teachers who are passionate about seeing students transformed by Jesus.



Praying Teachers to Bingham
@ 3:25 pm Every Day
Please continue in active prayer regarding Bingham’s need for teachers for next year.
“While we have been able to have some interviews, there remain some crucial positions to be filled. The most urgent areas of need are language teachers (French and Spanish), IT teachers, maths teacher and Science teachers. Please continue to pray for the staffing needs for next year and communicate with Christian people who may be interested in teaching overseas.”

*Pray for those Building Support Teams:
– Jose & Jessica Sturgeon (Teach Beyond USA) – increased support
– Nikki Bignell (SIM AUS) – increased support
– Natasha Barnes (SIM NZ) – increased support
– Theresa Ebrahim-Adem (SIM UK) – increased support
– Josh Horstman (Teach Beyond USA) – new support team
– Paige Stafford (CMF USA) – at 80%
– Robyn Green (SIM AUS)
– Rose Hampel (SIM AUS)
– Amanda Thrift (SIM USA)
– Jennie Ruim (SIM Canada)
– Math teacher (SIM UK)
*Multiple others in the pipeline at various stages.

Prayer for Teachers

Recently many of you saw our prayer letter about the urgent need for teachers at Bingham Academy here in Ethiopia. I’m writing again in hopes of engaging you all in a time of prayer for these needs. Those of us who are serving cross culturally in missions, trying to reach those who are living and dying without the Good News of Jesus Christ, need a place to educate our children. Tabby and I thank you so much for your partnership in the gospel and for taking the pressing needs of our mission community before the Lord.  Please click the link below to view the prayer site about teacher needs. Prayer for teachers



Sometimes – no, a lot of times – things happen that just have to be documented.  Unfortunately I usually fail to do as I should, but not today.  I just had to write this down…

Me (handing Desta a little basket as we picked up the living room): This goes up to your room, actually.

Desta (with a funny wrinkled up nose and her head cocked to the side): Mom, that’s Lily’s, actually.  (as in why should I have to take it to our room)

I know the moment is hard to capture in words, which is maybe why I apply such little effort, but it was the cutest thing and I just had to laugh out loud.  Actually.  🙂


Teaching Needs at the SIM mission school in Addis Ababa

Wouldn’t it be neat if we could send out a notice like the one posted below and right away see supporters gather resources to meet the need; whether that means going and serving, supporting someone else to go and serve, or just forwarding the notice onto someone that might be just the right person!

Teaching Needs at Bingham
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Community Connections
From the Personnel Team

4 October 2015
A Note from Brad Adams

Dear mission leaders and mission families,

As you may be aware we do not have all the teaching staff we require at Bingham Academy. We remain committed to offering quality Christian education for the students of missionary families, Christian families and families that are having a long term impact in Ethiopia. Our school has tremendous opportunities to not only support missionary families here in Ethiopia but also reach out to families that do not yet know Christ. However, this year we face a challenge in providing all the staff we require to offer quality Christian education to the children of our school families.

Could you please advertise our staff needs to your supporters and other members of the mission community.

This year September 2015 to June 2016 we are short the following staff members:

· Elementary School and High School Art teacher

· High School Maths teacher

· High School Physics teacher

· Learning Support Coordinator

We are interested in teachers who are willing to fill in these positions for this year, or for part of this year on a volunteer basis.

Next year, August 2016 to June 2017, we are also looking for staff in a number of key positions for next year. These include the following:

· Elementary School and High School Art teacher

· High School Maths teacher

· High School Physics teacher

· High School Chemistry teacher

· High School Biology teacher

· Middle and High school French Teacher

· Middle and High school Spanish Teacher

· Learning Support Coordinator

To find up to date details on vacancies and to register your interest in the above positions visit the school website binghamacademy.net

Thank you for your continued support

Brad Adams

Head of School

Brad Adams
Bingham Academy
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
011 279 7480 (office)
0911 234 837 (mob)
Key Links for Bingham Academy
Email Brad Adams, Bingham Director
Email Krisha Adams, Bingham Recruitment
Check out the Bingham Website
Our mailing address is:
SIM Ethiopia
PO Box 127
Addis Abeba 0

Our start in Addis Ababa

Greetings from Addis Ababa! I hope this post finds all of you doing well. The Cox family is doing surprisingly well considering all of the transition in our lives over the past few months. We’ve now settled into our house in Addis Ababa.  We’ve got more room than we need, so if you find yourself passing through Addis, then we’ve got an spare bedroom or two in which to put you up for the night.


This week we added a new member to the family.  Brandi was the dog of an upcountry missionary couple who needed to leave Ethiopia unexpectedly. The kids are already quite fond of her.

First day of school

First day of school

Speaking of the children, Jack and Lily have both enjoyed their own transition into a new school. Moving from home school to the highly structured Bingham Academy has been difficult as have been the long hours. Most evening they are exhausted as bed time rolls around. Desta has it better than most as she applies her energy at trying to decide who she’ll spend the day with or what toy she’ll play with next.