Ethiopia 2019 Team Update #2
July 22, 2019
Sunday, July 21
All 125 of us fanned out across the city this morning in smaller teams, ultimately visiting nearly a dozen churches to worship varying in style and length. Most, if not all the churches were at least 2 hours long where we saw soulful worship included dancing for the Lord.
Read below for some highlights from this day of worship:
It was remarkable to join together with approximately 1000 Christians to kick off this week of service together. 30 Ethiopian pastors were formally commissioned to lead their churches in volunteer efforts at the four state orphanages in Addis. These pastors came with many of their church members who recently went through training facilitated by Orphan Care Ethiopia where they learned about the various ways they can share their lives with the orphans (e.g. mentoring, pen pals, adoption, etc.) It was a very memorable day, and wonderful to celebrate this commitment they’ve made, as church members serving orphans together is not the norm in Ethiopia.
Mentor Moms and Dads
The pen pals came over from Ketchene (the girls’ orphanage) to have dinner with their teen pen pals from MBC. It was great to see them enjoying each other’s company and those whose MBC pen pals weren’t on the trip got to meet new friends among the ROCK students and adults. In addition, the Mentor Moms and Dads brought their mentees for dinner and the evening program. We heard stories from several of them including Addis’ mentor, a professional cameraman. He has been mentoring and providing professional camera skills and video training to seven boys from Kolfe over this past year. A dad of two, he “got trained, and went to Kolfe to find out what he could contribute. The kids lack education and different skills.”
“God showed me that just being there, having coffee/tea, listening to stories about life. God is reminding me the small things that I do matter.” So far 100 mentors have signed up to work with teens at the orphanage, 75 have been trained, and approximately 25 visited with us this evening.
David gave an inspired teaching on disciple-making and evangelism:
Disciple-making is the Christ-commanded, Spirit-empowered duty of every disciple of Jesus to evangelize unbelievers, baptize believers, teach then the Word of Christ, and train them to obey Christ as members of His Church who make disciples on mission to all nations.
Evangelism is the proclamation of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit (in language that the lost can understand) with the aim of persuading people to repent and believe in Christ.