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Sanibel Community Church members Scott and Gigi Martell serve with the New International missionary agency ( They founded a group home orphanage in Ethiopia which today is completely supported and operated by an indigenous church. Their outreach ministry empowers families and children through teaching, counseling, sharing the gospel, and mercy ministry (see In the past five years, their major work has been with Vision School, an urban slum school in Addis Ababa. Political violence within the country caused Scott and Gigi to move their full time ministry to Vietnam in 2018, but they continue Empowering-Ethiopia with regular visits to Ethiopia.


Scott Martell worked in the communications field in SW Florida for 22 years. In the early 2000s, he began serving Sanibel Community Church as Missions Team leader, but never expected to go into the field himself. However, in January 2006, God called him into full-time service in Ethiopia. While serving in the Ethiopian countryside, he received a vision and assignment from the Lord to help children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Scott also has a passion for counseling, and received a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in 2014. He is the author of a devotional, The Jesus Workout, and a novel, The Hyena Man.

Gigi Haile is an Ethiopian national with a degree in Sociology. She immigrated to England in the 1990s and upon receiving British citizenship and national Youth and Child Care certification (Level 3), spent over 15 years working in the government's Foster Parent program. She has a passion for helping disadvantaged youth and the elderly, specifically by empowering people in skills needed to help better themselves.

Scott and Gigi joined New International in 2009.

Please visit Empowering Ethiopia for more information.

For online counseling ministry, please review The Joy Quest.

To see more about Scott’s books, please see Scott Douglas Martell.