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Tuesday Ethiopia update – What an awesome God we serve!

Our day began at a small village called Wole (Wah-lee) where we were greeted initially by some men and children. A few of us were able to share our stories and the gospel with our new friends with several acknowledging Christ! Very shortly, crowds began to gather. Within an hour, about 150-200 local Ethiopians had joined us. Some of us were sharing the gospel with the older men and others continued to play with the children. However, an initially fun situation shortly turned awkward when the crowds of children became unruly, leaving us feeling unsafe. We quickly gathered our team, translators, and disciple-makers in the van and left the village. On our travel out we learned that the disciple-makers had made good connections with some on the men in the village and plan to visit the community for prayer, worship, and the start of a CHURCH PLANT next Wednesday! The larger situation leaving the village discouraged many of us, but the end result very good news. And God’s light shines in the darkness, and brought a sense of calm with an afternoon shower.

The lunchtime downpour hit as we were leaving the village, so we drove about half a mile down the road and parked on the side of the road to eat lunch in the van. As we ate lunch, several young boys and older men walked by and began to engage us. As we sat with the door open, I (Katie) had the opportunity to share the gospel and most of them, including older men (One who doubted the gospel initially after hearing from a friend and another who is battling alcoholism) accepted Christ! They all said that this was the BEST news (Christ dying as payment for our sins). They then prayed the prayer of salvation with our disciple-makers, connected with them to learn more and sent them home with bibles.

As we drove off from that conversation songs of praise and worship filled our van. Praising the Lord for his faithfulness, and stopped to share with more locals in the area. This was a busy highway so we had a lot of folks passing by. We split up to cover both sides of the highway.

I, Nic, was crossing the street and one of our translators called me over. Little did I know I was about to have the privilege to share the gospel with one of our disciple-makers father. Chibru had told us just yesterday that no one else in his family had believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. I had the pleasure to share a little bit of my story and how for most of my life I tried to earn God’s love only to understand that it is the free gift of grace, through faith, belief, and trust that Jesus’ sacrificial death was enough for us. That we didn’t have to work for anything for Jesus had already paid it all. I shared that through Jesus only can salvation come and this is a truth that profoundly changed my life. After much conversation and thorough partnership with our Ethiopian brothers, this 65+ year old man professed faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. The joy on his face was so overwhelming, all he could do was embrace me with a hug and kiss on the cheek! Truly, a sweet blessing from the Lord. With Chibru’s father, an older couple also made this decision (more to come in a moment) Hallelujah!

God was working in big ways on both sides of the street. I, Megan, was called over by a translator to begin sharing with a sweet older woman who was blind in one eye and nearly blind in the other. As I shared the gospel story her nonverbal body expressions were ones of internal excitement and joy! She believed this story to be good news, and with that asked to pray and receive Jesus! But wait the story continues….

On the other side, two of us (Katie and Heather) were able to share with a young teenage girl who grew up in the Ethiopian Orthodox church. After we shared the gospel and answered her questions, she admitted that she believes Christ is the only way to a right relationship with the Lord. We gave her a bible shared a few verses for her to read at home. We learned later that she is the granddaughter of the older woman and older man who had accepted Christ with Chibru’s father across the street!

In a nutshell, our day was an incredible turnaround, a light shining in the darkness. A calm of joy, love, peace, and gentleness following the storm reminded us of God’s perfect timing. His plan is ALWAYS better than our own. And man, are we thankful!

Story by Small Team 3: Katie Pacholczyk, Heather Gascoigne, Nice & Megan Ochoa

The team is doing great & feeling great. The altitude of nearly 8,000 feet above sea level wears on the body but the cool weather has been so awesome!!! What’s the weather like in Dallas? It was high of 78 in Ethiopia today (wish you were here). Our translators & disciplemakers are such an encouragement as we couldn’t do this without them as the disciplemakers will be following up & shepherding the new believers & gathering them together into new churches.

Please pray for:
– Open hearts to the gospel of Jesus Christ
– Continued good health & safety
– Unity with our Ethiopian partners

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  1. Sandy Hareon Jun 5th 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing your amazing stories of how God is working through you!
    Prayers are with your continued successes, safety & health!

  2. Diana Harrison Jun 5th 2018 at 10:49 pm

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

  3. Diana Harrison Jun 5th 2018 at 10:50 pm

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

  4. Serah Luuon Jun 6th 2018 at 8:46 am

    Team 3, what an amazing day! Love how the Lord used you all to share with one family.
    Praying for y’all as you continue to faithfully share the good news of the gospel.

    It’s in the 90’s in Dallas…

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