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Ethiopia update- A God ordained conversation

The day started as usual for our team—we pulled over on the side of a highway and began sharing our testimonies and the gospel with the mobs of people that immediately approached us. Many accepted Christ, we rejoiced, connected them with disciple-makers and parted ways with new brothers and sisters in Christ.

Today we got to go deeper into a village and came to an open field at the bottom of a mountain. We forgot our soccer ball, which is normally our attention-grabber, so we had to go for the North American football instead. This seemed to work pretty well as we drew a crowd of many children and teenagers. When we stopped tossing the ball, I shared the gospel with a small group of mostly teens and a few children. A few of them were already believers and a few accepted Christ!

What happened next was one of the most special moments of my trip by far. My little group dissipated, and I was left with just my translator, Gabe, and a nineteen-year-old girl, Gettan. Gettan shared with me that she had been a believer for about five years, but was not part of a church, felt distant from the Lord, and had slipped into a bad cycle of having inappropriate relationships with men. This was one of those moments that was so sovereignly and sweetly ordained by my Father.

I’ll pause the story here to share that I had been struggling this week with my story in particular. I accepted Christ at an early age and have been following Him most of my life, but I had a couple years of seeking to find fulfillment in others’ approval—a big part of that was inappropriate relationships with men. I didn’t feel like I could relate to anyone here because it seemed that most that weren’t walking with Jesus had never been believers, and if they were believers, they seemed to never drift. Enter authenticity. Thanks Watermark! ☺ (JK…it’s all Jesus!)

Back to the story, I was able to share with Gettan God’s story in my life and encourage her in a way I didn’t think would happen this week. I shared with her how the Lord drew me back into a deeper relationship with Him and how He revealed to me that He is enough. His love is enough. I also got to share how much of a difference a church home and community has made in my life, encourage her to get plugged in, and connect her with the local pastor there.

God has a funny way of bringing the sweetest reminder of His power and purpose in our lives. I know Gettan is a huge reason why He sent me here this week, and I am so glad I got to encourage her to run hard after Jesus and use the story the Lord has given me to do that! Praise the Lord for His sovereignty and grace!

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days. And because of His words many more became believers. They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.’” John 5:39-42

The team is in great spirits & feeling well. This is the first time in the 10 years that we have been coming to Ethiopia that 2 teams have been here & not a single person missed a day of ministry because they weren’t feeling well.

Tomorrow (Friday) we will drive back to Addis Ababa, spend some time doing our debrief & having a nice dinner. Saturday we will be our off day where we have a chance to see the city, do our re-entry training & pack our bags for the airport. This will probably be our last blog post until we get back in the U.S. so we hope to see you at the airport when we get home.

Please pray for:
• New believers will stand up strong in the face of persecution
• Safety as we travel back to Addis Ababa
• This trip will refocus our hearts for those in Dallas that don’t know Christ’s love
• Continued good health

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