Ethiopia 2019 Team Update #3
July 23, 2019
Monday, July 22
Happy Monday, Ethiopia! We've met so many people and seen the Holy Spirit move so powerfully here in Addis Ababa just today:
Meeting with the President
President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first female president of Ethiopia, invited Orphan Care Ethiopia and MBC leaders to meet with her to discuss OCE’s vision and the work that OCE and MBC have been doing this week and over the past year. She was very grateful for the commitment we have made to mobilize and work alongside local people to address the orphan crisis. She is willing to consider being a champion voice for the work being done to raise up volunteers on behalf of orphans. Communication with her is expected to continue!
Testimony from Two Amazing Ethiopians
Sintayehu Philipos of Megenasna Kalehywot Church Sintayehu is a mentor at Kolfe Boys Orphanage whose burden is to help young people discover the purpose of their lives. He mentors two boys, but meets with others also. The first time his two mentees came over to his home to meet his family was the first time they had been to a real home. When he meets with the boys, and often their friends too, the boys tell him everything going on in their lives. He listens and seeks to advise them wisely. It is a source of great joy for him and the boys whose lives he is impacting for the Lord.
Israel Yoseph Isreal lived on the streets for five years which he described as "miserable and difficult". He experienced sickness, addiction, and hopelessness. He asked God, “God don’t you recognize me?” “Why did you create me?"
An Ethiopian believer who was committed to discipleship befriended Israel and several other boys, and along with Youth Impact took the boys in and helped them address behavioral issues and taught them the Bible. Israel was initially resistant to the gospel, because after living so much of his young life on the streets, he believed God was absent. “Eventually God broke through to me, I began to trust...some at first, and then fully” he said.
He took 6 months of training on leather products and for five years worked under someone. And this year, we celebrated with him as he shared that he opened his own leather business.
- ROCK Boys Team and Medical Team: The Medical team performed physicals for the boys and the ROCK Team spent time with the boys, played together with them, had several meaningful one-on-one conversations, and shared the gospel. Ten kids came to faith today.
- South/West Region Team: This team served Community Kids alongside local church volunteers. The original plan was to meet with the kids at the church, but the church was too small. They played games with kids and talked with them. One of the MBC students reports that “The boys were all going through a hard time, but all of them were kind!”
David led our group in studying the Word tonight while speaking about calling:
The Call to Salvation: the gracious act of God by which He draws people to become disciples of Jesus and members of His Church. This is an eternal calling.
The Call to Mission: the call to be a disciple of Jesus among the nations.
The Call to Station: the call to exalt Jesus in the different roles in our lives...as a member of a family, as a member of a church, and a citizen of a country.
The Call to Service: the way in which God directs disciples to make disciples in a certain way, at a certain time, among a certain people, in a certain location, or through a certain vocation.