The Asgedom family left their home in Ethiopia and walked through the desert to reach Sudan. They were fleeing war between their country and Eritrea. Mawi is 3 years old at this time.
Heading to America
The World Relief Foundation helped Mawi's family immigrate to Chicago, Illinois. They were not able to find a sponser at first, but Bethel Presbyterian Church was able to find them a place to live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Hntsa-Eyesus was born. His name means Thank You, and the family saw him as a gift from God blessing their new life in America.