A Deep Love for Ethiopia
April 6, 2017
When my 12-year-old daughter, Tyreene, came to us by adoption six years ago, Ethiopia held a special place in her heart.
It was her deep love for Ethiopia that drove me to consider traveling to a place I had never dreamed of going before. Last summer, she and I joined fourteen other people on a Global Impact mission trip to her beloved Ethiopia.
During our time there, our team served with three MBC partners, including an orphanage and school for children with severe disabilities. We worked long, 14-hour days among people enduring extreme poverty unlike anything I have ever encountered. The Ethiopians were grateful for what little they had and the simple resources we brought them. Amazingly, although they lacked basic necessities, they wanted to share what they had with others. They were filled with such joy and humility!
One day, we had the chance to visit some homes of kids served by Child Evangelism Fellowship. In one home, a 16-year-old girl was taking care of her siblings because their mother was in the hospital with terminal cancer. When their mother returned home, we prayed with them. The mother cried and thanked God for answering her prayers as our team gave money to care for her children after her death. She died shortly thereafter, knowing that God loves and will provide for her children.
While engaging in street evangelism, we met a young man named Frazier, who at age fourteen read the Bible on his own and discovered the disconnect between the Gospel and what he had been taught at home. When his father gave him an ultimatum, Frazier bravely chose to leave home and live on the streets rather than forsake the truth of salvation through faith in Jesus alone. After school each day, Frazier and other high schoolers like him spend time evangelizing on the streets and serving as translators for groups such as ours. Frazier also preaches at a weekly Bible study. As a result of our group’s encounter with him, a modest structure was purchased for Frazier so that he has somewhere safe to sleep.
Our group had many opportunities to evangelize. As I watched Tyreene boldly share the Gospel and her own testimony with the people gathered at the orphanage and school, I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement about what God has done in her life and how He will use her life and story to bring others to Him. We were so impacted by our trip that we began to pray about returning to Ethiopia.
A few days after arriving home, three different people who work with my husband at the State Department asked him if he were interested in a position at the Embassy in Ethiopia. These people did not even know about our recent experience there! Needless to say, we are praying and pursuing that position for this fall. Would you please join us in praying that God will clear the way for our family to move to Ethiopia so that we can continue to serve these people we have come to love so much?
Would you prayerfully consider joining us in Ethiopia this year from July 7-17? For more information, visit our trip page!
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