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Ethiopia Update- Standing strong in the face of persecution

We started our ministry this morning at a field that we spent time at yesterday afternoon. Upon arriving, we recognized some familiar faces and were greeted with warm hugs and sweet smiles. As usual, we started with a game of soccer and some bubbles. We noticed a woman standing near by and watching our group. We introduced ourselves and learned that her name is Gete and that she was a sister in Christ. Upon talking with her, we were captivated by her story. Before coming to Christ, she was Ethiopian Orthodox but had siblings that were Christian. Two years ago, she became bed-ridden with a stomach illness for a year and was so desperate for a cure. She began praying to God that she did not yet have a relationship with and began to experience healing. Through answered prayers, Gete solidified her relationship with God and committed her life to Christ.

Due to her newfound relationship with Christ, Gete’s husband left her and their children. He also took the cattle, which eliminated her source of income. Soon after, her six-year-old daughter was kidnapped from her home. Instead of roaming the streets, she once again resorted to prayer. She put up some posters of her daughter around the neighborhood in hopes that someone may find her. After two months of searching and kneeling before God, her daughter was brought home! Someone recognized her daughter from the posters and saw her in an unlocked home and brought her back to her mother, despite her head being shaved by her kidnappers. Even through all of these trials, she was as happy and confident as ever, a testament to God’s faithfulness!

Before heading to lunch, we were hanging around some of the kids from the previous day. Since we had talked to the kids previously, we began asking them about the evangecube and if they remembered what we talked about. As we began with the cube, an eight-year-old boy began explaining each part. He was able to explain the Gospel perfectly and share it with his friends. It was amazing to see how a planted seed had grown into a beautiful brother in Christ that is now able to share the good news with others!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produced perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:2-5

The team is healthy & safe & ready for our last full day of ministry. God has been answering prayers & opening up so many doors to share of his mercy & grace that we could not begin to share them all. Please pray for:
• New believers would stand strong in the face of persecution & that they would follow through with the disciplemakers & continue to get plugged into the new churches
• Unity between the North Americans & Ethiopian partners
• New churches would be planted & would be strong & reproduce themselves
• Continued good health & safety for the North Americans

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