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Monday Ethiopia Update- God ways are not our ways

Today was our first day in the Ethiopian mission field! After spending time with a local church, our North American team met our Ethiopian translators and disciple-makers from the area. We went to a nearby farming area and quickly jumped into a soccer game with some local youth. One of our team members volunteered to stay and watch our backpacks. While she was waiting, she and some of the Ethiopians on our team were able to share Christ with a small group that had formed. One of those young men listening put his faith in Christ! While doing the “less exciting” job of watching backpacks, our friend had the opportunity to share Christ with a heart ready to hear.

The theme of unexpected opportunities continued as sudden rain (more line a monsoon) sent us up the hill into a local family’s home. These believers welcomed us with great generosity, not only sheltering us, but also offering us fresh potatoes and coffee. One of the young men who had been playing soccer joined us in the home, to find shelter from the storm. He had been listening to stories of how Jesus changed some of our teammates lives. He told us that he understood, but wanted to learn more. While in the home, this young man sat between two members of our team and was able continue talking with them. He said he believed the message and trusted Christ! The rain brought an opportunity for this young man to continue working through his understanding of who Jesus is and come to believe in Him. At the same time, a local family and our team of Ethiopian and American believers were able to enjoy some sweet fellowship and encouragement.

Though the day brought unexpected changes, God’s sovereignty showed through so clearly. He has a plan, and ultimately is the one to change and move hearts to know Him. Even more, God has good gifts for all of us in the ways that He directs our path. Join us in praying for the new believers in Assela, Ethiopia, and for the disciple-makers who will continue to pour into them.
Story by Leigh Ann Thompson (other team members include Preston Badgett, Carylea Coffee & Molly Cole)

The team members are feeling well after a 1st full day of ministry. The seeds of the gospel of Jesus Christ were shared many times today with some people accepting the free gift of Jesus Christ. Please pray for:
• Open hearts to the gospel
• Continued unity with the Ethiopian partners
• Good health for North American team

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  1. Alisonon May 28th 2018 at 4:30 pm

    So exciting!! Praying for you!

  2. Erinon May 28th 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Love reading this!

  3. Colby Eldredgeon May 28th 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Way to flexible with the unexpected and being faithful to share! Love hearing of what God is doing over there.

  4. James McCrearyon May 29th 2018 at 9:11 am

    What an incredible opportunity and use of resources!

  5. Tevson May 31st 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Well told and thank you for sharing! Continuing to pray for your team to bold, the Ethiopian team to be faithful, and the hearts of the unbelievers to be softened and changed by the only one who can!

    In Jesus name, Amen!

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