2018 Ethiopia Trips

Project 1:17 is excited to be leading two mission trips to Ethiopia in 2018 to serve, love, and play at orphan homes and shelters.  Our first trip will be for 8 days in April and the second trip will be in June for 13 days.  The June trip will also include the opportunity for team members to serve by tutoring students and training teachers for those interested.  We’d love to to have you serve as part of the team.  Please contact us for additional information.

Ethiopia 2016


Project 1:17 is leading a return mission trip to Ethiopia to serve and love orphans and the least June 1st to June 15th.   While not everyone is able to go on this trip, all have the opportunity to partner through prayer and financial donations.

Through generous donations over the past years, we have been blessed to support 3 orphan homes, a boys street shelter, two preschool centers serving over 200 children, and by sponsoring now over 500+ students to attend school.  In addition, we have been able to give a hand up to 20+ families as start up funds were provided to start farming operations, a weaving  business, and most recently 2 retail shops selling spices they produce.   Thank you to those who have donated in the past.

In addition, to ongoing support of the orphan homes, shelter, and schools, funds donated (tax-deductible) would be utilized to support new areas of showing love.  With available funds, on this trip we will be working with local Ethiopians in establishing:

  • a bakery ($3,000) providing employment for 5 families currently sponsored
  • flour mill ($6,000) – employment for 10+ folks currently sponsored
  • coffee processing business and shop ($4,000) 5 sponsored families
  • New Girls street shelter ($10,000) first years funding
  • New Water Wells- ($12,500 per well) to be located near the various Shone church plant locations.  It would be very exciting to cut the daily water trips from 4-6 hours per day to under an hour.  We will be meeting with an organization that drills the wells our first day in Ethiopia.

We humbly ask for your support of the ministries Project 1:17 supports in Ethiopia.  Whether it is the original $10 donation idea or $10,000+ your donations are appreciated.  Donations can be made online by following the link below

or by Mail:

Project 1:17
238 Newport Parkway
Kindred, ND  58051

Thank you,


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School Sponsorships

The sponsored KG kids on their new playground

The sponsored KG kids on their new playground

For the 5th year, we are again excited to again share an opportunity to help truly needy boys and girls be able to continue going to school.  The past four years many of you have joined in to provide funding for children to attend school in Ethiopia.  We have seen the number helped grow from 30 to 40 to 160 to 500 last year.

This year the total cost to send a boy or girl to school is $50- for the whole year.  In addition to the street boys we have been sponsoring, a local Ethiopia church has coordinated sponsoring 150 children in 4 different villages and now over 170 Kindergartners.  Finally we continue to partner with several orphan homes to help their children attend school.

If you’d like to help, please donate online below.  We’re praying and believing for multiplication past the 500.  Thank you.

Ethiopia Trip 2015


Project 1:17 will be leading a mission trip to Ethiopia during the first 2 weeks of June 2015.  Ten of us will be joining Project 1:17’s Huck family along with local Ethiopian ministry partners and friends in serving orphans, widows, and the least in several Ethiopian cities and villages.

Our 11 days in Ethiopia will be spent serving in three orphan homes and a street shelter in Addis Ababa and surrounding smaller communities.  In addition, the orphan homes have become centers for local church members to serve widows, poor families and at risk children.  These outreaches will allow us to take action as hands and feet visiting and supporting widows, assisting in English and math tutoring, and loving the children and families sponsored.

If any one would like to partner with the team we would appreciated your prayers, donations (new or like new shoes and clothes), or monetary gifts to help support the ministries we’ll be visiting.  Please contact Kyle Freier at 701.361.2241 for further information on how to help.

Follow our trip and adventures on this page or our Facebook pages.     https://www.facebook.com/project117nd         https://www.facebook.com/huckfamilymission?fref=ts


Orphan Sunday

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress…James 1:27

What does it mean to look after orphans?  How can we do it in our daily lives?

One common misconception is that orphan care equals adoption.  In some cases, this can be true, but it is not the only way.  In fact, the vast majority of the world’s orphans are not able to be adopted.  In these cases, we are still called to look after them.

The orphan crisis is 146 million strong.  That is an unimaginable number of children going without the basic needs of a child.  146 million children not feeling loved, not getting tucked in at night, not knowing a mother’s or father’s arms.  The goal of Orphan Sunday is to speak up for each one of those 146 million children, to give them a face and a name, and to tell God’s people how important each one is to their Heavenly Father.  Yes, the orphan crisis is a large one, but the church does it’s best work under pressure and is more than equipped to rise to even this challenge.

Orphan Sunday is a time to lift up not only the needs of the orphan, but the many solutions to the problem.  Adoption, foster care, and global orphan care through means such as sponsorship, family preservation, and feeding programs are just some of the ways we can meet the needs of the orphan in a real and tangible way.

Please join us on Orphan Sunday as we join our voices for the voiceless.  Calvary United Methodist Church, 4575 45th St S, Fargo ND from 3:00-5:00 PM