About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

Ethiopia Day 6

…today we leave Ethiopia.

…we say good bye to new friends with stories left untold.

…we begin our journey home to a place that will look so very different from when we left it.

…we bring back from this country images and experiences we will never forget and I believe may have changed us in ways we have yet to discover.

…we leave too soon.

…we have just a few more places to visit before our plane takes the three us of back home.  But, home may really only apply to two of us at this moment as home for one of us may have yet to be defined. 

There is a joy and a sadness that has come with bringing this little girl with us. 

Joy in that this a moment we have dreamed about for so long & would not trade for the world.  It is a moment when she becomes a part of our family and our joy.  Joy in the new family she will meet and hopefully come to love in ways words can not express.  Joy in the simple fact that a child without a name who was living across a distant sea is coming home.

Yet, I know that long before we decided to bring her home with us, something was taken  from her than can not be fully restored.  Regardless of the circumstances of her entrance into this world and the journey that brought us all together, there are still a thousand questions unanswered with faces left unseen. 

These questions and faces will be something that bring us to our knees as the years pass.  We will attempt to provide answers, reasons and possibilities, but I fear they may be insufficient.

However, we know that the years ahead of us will be another type of journey with a new path.  We are unsure where it will lead and for how long we will travel, but life has now been reframed into a picture that is just now beginning to take form.  It’s a new start, a blank canvas of sorts, and I’m excited to explore what it could become.

Tomorrow Africa will be on the other side of the world yet at the same time also held in the eyes of a little girl held tightly in our arms.

…today we leave Ethiopia, but it will never leave us.

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