Partner Stories Series: Thad Spring

Thad Spring is the Outreach and Teaching Pastor at the All Shores Wesleyan Church in Spring Lake, Michigan, where he has been serving for almost a decade. His church is partnered with the Shashemene Wondo Ber CarePoint in Ethiopia.


Shashemene is located in the Oromia region, approximately 150 miles south from the capital city, Addis Ababa. Malnutrition affects a large percentage of the children in this area, causing more than 50 percent of the mortality rate among children under five years old. Increasing rates of unemployment and food price escalation contributes to food insecurity in Shashemene.

With the partnership of All Shores Wesleyan Church, the children at Shashemene Wondo Ber CarePoint have the opportunity to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally, while the All Shores Wesleyan Church community also experiences positive transformation! Over 140 children at the CarePoint have HopeChest Friends at All Shores Wesleyan Church.

In this podcast episode, Wil Crooks, our VP of Strategic Partnerships, sits down with Thad Spring to talk about the most memorable stories about the relationship between All Shores Wesleyan Church and the Shashemene Wondo Ber community and why community-to-community partnership is so impactful and important.

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