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Ethiopia update- Our God can move mountains (and peoples hearts)

It is often the final step and leap of faith that starts everything. After traveling half way across the world to Ethiopia, then driving to Nazaret, our team was loaded up in a van with a team of Ethiopian disciple makers and translators. We pulled up on the side of the road, paused for a moment, opened the doors, and took our first steps onto the mission field for the day. We didn’t make it further than that first step before we had an entire group of people around us. Our team had the opportunity to break into several small groups and share our testimonies and the good news of Jesus Christ. Before we knew it, we had close to 75-100 people gathered around. Many who heard raised their hands to accept Christ into their lives. At that moment, 3 Police officers came into the crowd with batons and starting swinging at the people listening to the message as they didn’t people to hear our message. They were urged to stop the sharing of Jesus by the Ethiopian Orthodox leadership who didn’t want people to hear. You would think that this would cause fear in us, and everything that is reasonable says that it should have. Yet there was a calm and peace in each of us. This was clearly spiritual warfare. We loaded up in our van to go to a new place, and one young man jumped in the van with us. He told us that he wanted to hear more of this story of Jesus. Right there, in the middle of the main road, sitting on the floor of the van, we got to lead this young man in the salvation prayer. He was immediately prayed for, encouraged and partnered with a disciple maker who lives near him & is committed to discipling this new believer.

As we were deciding on our next place to go and share the gospel, we stopped at a local church for lunch. Behind the church was a mountain. As we finished our lunch, we asked if we could go climb to the top and pray for the village below. As we reached the top, the temperature dropped and the wind was blowing extremely hard. We stood in awe and wonder at the beauty around us. It was humbling to listen to our Ethiopian partners pour their hearts out to God in worship and pray for the hearts of the people in their villages. As we were finishing up singing, we saw children climbing the mountain to join us. Then 3 young men had climbed the mountain from the other direction. Before you knew it, there were close to 25 men, women and children at the top of the mountain hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Person after person declared that they believed the story of Jesus was true. Our new brothers and sisters in Christ then joined us in worship. We talked, laughed and embraced one another.

It was truly incredible to realize that Satan tried to stir up dissention by having the police ask us to leave our targeted area but God had another plan & instead of us going to the people, God brought the people to us. What a reminder that nothing can hold back God’s power, truth and kingdom. We went up the mountain with 13 believers and came down with close to 40. Truly we serve a God that can do “immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.” (Eph 3:20)

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Story by Rasheal Winters. Team 4 members: Mike Dial, David Schneider, Robin Rakin and Rasheal Winters

The entire team had an incredible day with story after story of Gods grace, mercy and power. Hundreds heard the good news of Jesus and many accepted Him as Lord and savior of their lives. As we hit the halfway mark we ask for prayer in:
• Continued strength and courage for the North Americans
• Our Ethiopian partners – the ones that will truly be the church to all the new believers
• Our new brothers and sisters in Christ. As many will face extreme persecution and disownment for being a Christian
• For all those that we will meet tomorrow. That God will soften their hearts and open their eyes to Him.

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  1. Kelley Abellaon Jul 25th 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! Just, Wow! Our God truly is an awesome God!!! Praying for you all!

  2. Jena Weisheiton Jul 26th 2017 at 7:02 am

    Amazing! God is at work thru your group! Praying for yall! Can’t wait to hear more!

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