Ethiopia - Gosnell / Salle

Trip Dates:

October 12 - 22, 2017

Estimated Cost:  $3,200 - $3,500 *
Team Leaders:  Ashley Gosnell & Melinda Salle

At this time we are not taking new applicants for this trip. Contact our staff to join a wait list!



With a population of over 91 million people, there is an assorted collection of food, languages, customs and people groups. Ethiopia also contains a diverse landscape, including parts of the Nile River and the Great Rift Valley. As an East African landlocked country, Ethiopia is bordered by Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Ethiopia, an ancient Christian nation, has deep-rooted Ethiopian Orthodox customs and practices. The Judaic-Christian roots of Ethiopia can be found in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Today, about half the population of Ethiopia is Christian. 

Ethiopia is a country that is about twice the size of Texas has an estimated 4.3 million orphans. The children are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. The need is great in Ethiopia. There are many, many children in need of families, however many of them will not get the opportunity to be adopted because they are not documented for international adoption. 

America World  partners with many orphanages in Ethiopia. It is at these orphanage that our Storyteller teams visit and work to help provide education, resources and support for the on-going care provided by the orphanage staff.  



My name is Ashley Gosnell, and I have been married to my husband Tollie for twenty-one years.  We have six children, four biological boys and a son and daughter adopted from China. My first experiences in international missions was in China in the summers of 1999-2002, teaching English to Chinese high school students.  During one of these trips, I had the privilege of meeting a beautiful little girl named Anne, who was an orphan.  God planted the seed of adoption in my heart at that time.  Ten years later, we felt God telling us that it was time to begin the adoption process.  In May 2013, my husband and I traveled to China to bring our son and daughter home.

God has given me the great privilege of continuing to serve orphans in China through Storytellers mission trips in 2014, 2015, and 2016.   And this year, I am so excited for the opportunity to travel to a new country in October 2017 to serve the precious children of Ethiopia.   Storyteller mission trips have been life-changing for me, and it is my joy and passion to know, love and advocate for these precious children.  

My name is Melinda Sallé and I live in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been married to my best friend for almost 18 years and he still is my favorite person to be with, makes me laugh more than anyone else, and sometimes (even after 18 years) I still can’t tell whether he is being serious or not! I am the mother of five children, three boys and two girls ranging in age from 13-3. My youngest son is adopted from China. Orphan care has remained a top priority for me since I went on a Storyteller Mission Trip in October of 2014. I reluctantly went on that trip and God changed my life through it. Now I am passionate about helping others experience God through caring for orphans. I have seen Him do the impossible and I never want to return to my former self, blindly consumed with my own life. Going to China opened my eyes to God and to his vision for Christians to care for the least of the least. Since going to China in 2014, I have traveled back there on an adoption trip in 2015 and was privileged to be part of another Storyteller Trip to China in October of 2016. This year God has flung the doors wide open for us to serve in Ethiopia. Ashley Gosnell and I will be leading the team and we have known each other since we were in junior high together. We are so excited to be going to Ethiopia to be the hands and feet of Jesus.



*  This is a general estimate of the overall trip cost per person. The costs are all-inclusive and intended to cover almost  all traveling expenses, including international airfare, breakfasts and dinners.  Our missions staff work diligently to keep the trip costs as low as possible.