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From darkness to light

We walked into the village of Adolada and were immediately greeted by the sound of group singing to an African drum, and led by our new friends in a processional to their local church. After knowing where to point anyone we might encounter who is hurting, confused, seeking answers, or ready to make a decision to follow Christ, we prayerfully ventured out to see who would invite us into their home.
Our first visit was one we’ll never forget. The homeowner was fascinating – tall and slender with unique attire and double row of tear-shaped tattoos lining her jaw from one side of her face to the other. We felt the somber mood, a sadness that was almost tangible as people were coming in and out of this lady’s home. It turns out, we were in what would be the equivalent to the local bar and our new friend was this village’s alcohol source.
Staring at a hodge-podge of people and slightly frustrated at the chaos that we were sure would be an obstacle, I felt a tap from one of our translators followed by the word, “now.” We suddenly had a captive audience ready to hear whatever message we were there to tell, simply because we were the funny-looking white people.
Standing in the middle of this hut, we told them our names and began sharing how God had changed our lives, and then walked them through the greatest story ever told – the true story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that offers hope and eternal security to the people of Ethiopia and America alike.
Every person in the that hut made a decision to follow Christ..and it does’nt stop there. While we’re celebrating with teary eyes, and engaging the kids who have wandered in with nail polish and bubbles, those new to the family of God were calling out to the people walking by to come to hear this love story from God’s word. With a new captive audience, we share the same true story and yet again, every person in the hut (who hadn’t made a decision minutes earlier), placed their faith in Christ.
The most beautiful moment is now permanently engrained in our team’s memory – the once somber mood in that crowded Ethiopian bar was made as new as the souls that filled it. The whole town must have heard the joyful eruption of shouting and clapping and singing of “Galatome Male (Thanks be to God)” coming from our new friend’s hut. The place that once offered the cup of momentary consolation from, today God turned into the place He would offer the cup of salvation, joy, hope, everlasting life through Jesus.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these..” (John 14:12) If you’re reading this, pray with us for our new brothers and sisters..pray with expectation that even greater things would be done through them in the village of Adolada and the country of Ethiopia.
Story by Laura Webb (team members Sam Scott, Caitlin Reynolds, Liz Serna, Jaime Perez)

Team 1 is healthy & safe. Everyone is tired after the 1st full day of ministry but we’re excited about what God has in store. The weather in Nazaret was warm, windy & extremely dusty today. We loved meeting our translators today & hearing their stories.

Please pray for:
• God to soften the hearts of the people who heard the gospel message today
• Continued unity with our Ethiopian partners
• Good nights sleep for North Americans
• Continued safety as we drive the Ethiopian highways

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  1. Justin Powellon Jul 17th 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome story! Praise the Lord!

  2. Cindy Sernaon Jul 17th 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Amazing…brought tears of joy!
    We are praying for you all…

  3. Marciaon Jul 18th 2017 at 8:17 am

    Love reading the stories. Amazing! just prayed for ya’ll!

  4. Marciaon Jul 18th 2017 at 8:19 am

    Love reading the stories. Amazing! Just prayed for ya’ll.

  5. Johnna Elliotton Jul 18th 2017 at 10:15 am

    Tears of gratitude and amazement of our good God’s saving power! Praying fiercely for y’all!!!

  6. Myrindaon Jul 18th 2017 at 4:37 pm

    love love love!!! Praise God!!! 🙌🏻🇪🇹 🙌🏻 Continuing to pray for y’all!

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