We had the good fortune of connecting with David Simpson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
With my non profit I take care of double orphans in Ethiopia. This was a calling from the Lord for me 7 years ago and we currently take care of 58 children. We do a group home model with 8 kids per home with a mom, aunt and a father figure. I can truly say that these kids do not feel like they are part of an organization, it is truly one big family. End goal would be to take care of as many kids as I can and leave a legacy for these children for generations to come. The joy in my kids lives now is hard to explain. From where they came from and the change in them now is overwhelming. I tell people its hard to describe in words but once people go with me to visit they are amazed at how joyful the kids are and how much love they have to give..
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our work in Ethiopia is different as we do not do the big institution. I hate the word orphanage because what comes to mind to most people is a big building with lots of kids and not many care givers. We have created families and B Loved is one big family. We build homes and also built a center that has computer lab, digital libray, a music room, training rooms, basketball court, soccer field and a swimming pool. Its truly amazing what the Lord has opened up and done in the last 7 years. Working in another country requires alot of trust on my local staff as all of them are Ethiopians. I can honestly say I think I have the best staff anyone could ask for. Are children are part of a family and they see each other as brothers and sisters. This is not an organization but a true family environment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend wanted to go ethiopia like alot of my friends have they are astonished at the work we are doing firsthand. Its really hard to describe to someone the changes in my kids but when you go and see you get hooked and I have many friends who have been back multiple times.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
my wife deserves alot of the credit. She came up with the name B Loved as she said every child deserves to B Loved. Alot of people from my church have jumped on board and helped support us and taken trips with us to Ethiopia. Radical by David Platt is a book that got me fired up to do something good in this world for children that have no one. Another person is one of my closest friends who lives in Ethiopia. His name is Aschalew Abebe. Without his help I would have not beed able to navigate the government laws on non profits and he also takes care of all the logistics over there. Its all about the staff when you live 20 hours away. I have one of the best local staff that anyone could ask for and I trust everything they do and recommend.
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