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Thursday Ethiopia update- What a mighty God we serve

We started the day with a long drive out to a picturesque remote village in the mountains, surrounded by agave plants, horse drawn buggies, and all sorts of livestock, including donkeys, cows, goats, chickens, puppies, etc.… The village was full of many unreached people who had never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When we stepped out of the van, we immediately split up into groups and started sharing with individuals on the main road. Kellie started sharing with two young farmers. Just after ending the conversation and not seeing anyone in sight, a group of teenagers who were in the local university came walking towards the road. Kellie met them and got to share her story, and the four teenagers all professed their belief in Christ!

After a challenging morning, Anthony was able to bounce back and share the gospel with multiple people who were on their way to a funeral that was in town. God definitely had an interesting way of placing people in our paths that day. Many individuals accepted Christ along the way. Shortly after, many of us engaged in a friendly game of soccer with the local children. Several of those children wanted to invite Jesus into their heart after Anthony shared the evangecube and the story of the gospel with them.

Meanwhile, Kayla got the opportunity to have a conversation with a woman, and found out she was a single mother and also a widow. This woman ended up inviting Kayla, Stacy and Tarikwa into her home, and Kayla was able to connect with her by sharing her own story. It was mutually encouraging and the woman ended up accepting Christ! Then, the woman’s mother-in-law came into her home right as the woman was accepting Christ. She asked what they were doing, and then they were able to share the good news of Christ with her as well. The mother-in-law then invited them into her home and accepted Jesus as her Savior. She then offered up her home to start a church for the village – praise GOD!!

Outside of the home, Abby was trying to keep some of the children in the village busy by playing with the football and bubbles (which are DEFINITELY a favorite here). One of the Ethiopian disciple makers pulled her aside and had her share with some women. They heard the good news of Jesus, but said they wanted to think more about it before accepting. Then in the same field, other disciple makers had been sharing with some men, and there were two brothers who accepted Christ! The disciples makers then grabbed Abby and Anthony to go with the brothers to their home to share with one of their wives and their mother. We walked through scenic farmland and finally arrive at their little hut. We shared with their mother and the one brother’s wife and they both accepted Jesus as well! They accepted joyfully and said that it was all in God’s timing bringing us to their home because it was not in their plans (a common story throughout the week when sharing with people who accepted the good news).

As Abby and Anthony headed back to the part of the village where the rest of the group was, we all somehow found our way to the same home of someone in the village to stop, rest and have some lunch. (The hospitable nature of all Ethiopians is completely foreign to the busy, distracted American culture of not being able to be bothered) Kimo had apparently been sharing with this man and his family, and so Kimo got to share his personal story and the incredible good news of Jesus. The man who owned the house accepted Christ while the woman of the home was preparing a coffee ceremony for us as their guests. It was a sweet celebration of singing songs in English and Amharic.

On the way out of the village, we broke out into song in the van. Ferenge and Ethiopians united together singing, dancing, and thanking God for a powerful day of God moving throughout the village.

There were so many individuals who accepted from people off the main road, to kids playing soccer, to people wanting to include family after hearing and accepting the message themselves. It was awesome to see how God connected all of these peoples and stories in that village. It was especially incredible to see how God used the testimonies of the people on our team to meet people were they were in their spiritual journey. Today was a great reminder that God doesn’t need us, but He definitely uses us as a conduit for His word.

Small Team of Abby Hare, Anthony Anderson, Kellie Long, Kayla Curry

The team has full hearts but is also tired after a long week of ministry. Tomorrow (Friday) we will have a celebration ceremony followed by a hike up the mountain with our translators & disciplemakers. There we will say goodbye to our new friends & then go back to the hotel for part 1 of our closing debrief. After our debrief we will have a nice dinner & get some rest. Saturday will be our off day as we will see some of the city of Addis Ababa, have a nice lunch, do our final re-entry training & then get cleaned up & head to the airport. What an awesome week of ministry as we have seen God moving in the hearts of not just the Ethiopians but also the North Americans as well.

Please pray for:
– Continued good health & safety
– Unity & rejoicing with our Ethiopians partners during the celebration service
– Many churches to be planted
– Encouragement & perseverance for the new believers who will experience persecution & rejection because of their new faith

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  1. Sandy Hareon Jun 7th 2018 at 2:09 pm

    What a mighty God we serve! PTL for opening the hearts of so many! Will continue to pray for health and safety for the rest of your trip.

  2. Richard Hareon Jun 7th 2018 at 2:18 pm

    What a great testimony that God is working through all of you! I pray that you will have a save journey back home.

  3. Richard Hareon Jun 7th 2018 at 2:27 pm

    What a great testimony that God is working through all of you! I pray that you will have a save journey back home.

  4. Serah Luuon Jun 7th 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Way to be faithful and go where the Lord leads you! Small team but mighty in the Lord.
    Amazing news to hear that so many people accepted and are willing to open they home as a church and place where people can gather.

    Enjoy the rest of your time there! Praying for a safe trip home.

  5. Chris Landryon Jun 8th 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Loved all the blog posts this week. Gosh, in my minds eye, this ferenge right here could see the acacia trees, the oxen yoked up, the tribal spear-carrying fella and all the grass-roofed huts and coffee ceremonies. You guys are a blessing to my heart. Loved seeing how the Lord moves mightily when his people go where he calls. Safe travels home team.

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