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Monday Ethiopia update- The power of the gospel of Jesus Christ

Woke up at 5am, still groggy from a late night of playing the game mafia. Quiet time on the balcony of my hotel room with a contrast of serene scenery and a megaphone of chanting call to prayer from the Ethiopian Orthodox church across the street. It’s the first official day in the ministry field. Reading in Matthew 9, I’m reminded how Jesus opened the eyes of the 2 blind men. Praying that He opens the eyes of countless Ethiopians who are following the false doctrine of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.

Quick breakfast of crispy toast, eggs and double macchiatos, the team shares learnings from God’s word. Then we’re off in the vans to the church in the countryside listening to Tim’s oldie Christian jams, taking in the scenery – dirt roads, crazy drivers, aimless animals, donkeys carrying hay bales on their backs, mountains and rolling hills, roadside markets and crowds of people starting their week.

We arrived at the church and meet our 35 translators and Ethiopian disciple makers. Friendly and hospitable, we are all greeted with the traditional Ethiopian handshake (left hand holds the right arm out and two shoulder taps). We gather for worship under a plastic tarp BUT I’m dying to go to the bathroom after all that buna (coffee). Tarikwa kindly escorts me to the backyard consisting of a sheet and a hole in the ground covered with logs and a square cut out. It smells to high heaven and suddenly, I don’t have to go anymore. I decide that this is an adventure and I decide to go with it. YOLO. I survived and immediately stopped drinking water for the day. I joined the worship service and we worshipped with the Ethiopians. We started off Ferenge (American) style with Our God is Greater, then the Ethiopians took it up a notch with Galatomi – lots of clapping and passion brought many of the girls on our team to tears. Our special time of worship led to more hospitality – homemade bread the size of Texas, fresh popped popcorn with pure cane sugar and piping hot coffee made from scratch. So piping, I spilled it and then a fly landed in it. No more coffee for me. Pleasantries are exchanged between small teams and translators/disciple makers. We split up into vans and spread out among the countryside.

Team 4 lands in the middle of a farm with the sun beating down and a few people milling about. We start sharing the gospel with the Evangacube – one by one, people reject. Discouraging at first, but we continue on down the road and onto some train tracks. No people in sight for 20 minutes of walking. Finally, we happen on to a Chinese train stopped ad being worked on. We say “Salam” (hello) and 15 train workers disembark. Mike and I tag team. He shares his testimony and I share the Evangacube. God speaks through us and all 15 people accept!! Encouraged, we head down a dirt road and start sharing with every person we encounter. Many accept and we actually meet a few Christians. It starts downpouring rain, but we continue to share and people continue to listen. We eventually make it back to the Christian home, eat lunch and do one more round of sharing – crowds start to gather and many people accept! WE head back to the hotel celebrating the many lives transformed in the name of Jesus!

-Amanda McLachlan (Team 4)

The team is feeling tired but hearts are full after a 1st day of ministry. The morning was hot with the sun beating down but a storm cloud came through around noon & a rain shower cooled things off. We are excited about what God has in store for Ethiopia team 2 tomorrow. Please pray for:
• Hearts open to the gospel of Jesus Christ
• Unity between our North Americans & Ethiopian partners
• Good health & safety
• Clean communication of the gospel

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  1. Serah Luuon Jun 4th 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I love this update! Thanking the Lord with you for all that received and the seeds that were planting. Praying for good rest tonight and other good day of ministry.

  2. Sandy Hareon Jun 4th 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Great news! Praise God for your safe trip and your day of outreach! Praying for continued safety and success in sharing the gospel!

  3. Kathy Howser Pricketton Jun 4th 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Continued prayers, love the updates

  4. Kathy Howser Pricketton Jun 4th 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Continued prayers, love the updates

  5. Diana Harrison Jun 4th 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Praying for your continued devotion to this mission and for the safety of all.

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