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Ethiopia 35-Day

Hello friends and family!

For those who do not know yet, we have made it back to Dallas safely! Praise the Lord! We are currently resting a bit at Dallas Christian College before we head to dinner. We made it back a full day before any of the other teams. Please pray that we can adequately use this time to rest and get over jet lag so that we can have enough energy to go through debriefing with the rest of the teams to get here. Pray for Ethiopia and the ministry in it. Also pray that we can be reminded of all of our stories and that during our debriefing time we will learn how to come home and share them well with you, church, and other friends.

We will see many of you Friday!

Country Coordinators

Jesse and Danielle

I talked to Jesse and Danielle and they are all on the flight from Frankfurt to the USA. Everyone is excited about all that God has done and are ready to proclaim His greatness.

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Hello all!
We just wanted to make you aware that we will be flying out in a couple of hours. This morning we were given the opportunity to share the drama in a school. Even though the government will not let us share the Gospel in schools, the woman who ran the school allowed us to do much more than we thought and we were able to give a short Gospel presentation at the end.
This afternoon we have been packing, cleaning, and preparing to depart. Soon we will leave to eat dinner and then make our way to the airport. We have pretty long flights so after this post you will not be hearing from us until our arrival in Dallas on Tuesday.
Pray for safe and healthy travel and for the Gospel to continue to be spread in Ethiopia.
See you soon!
Country Coordinators
Jesse and Danielle

Hello all!

We just wanted to make you aware that we will be flying out in a couple of hours. This morning we were given the opportunity to share the drama in a school. Even though the government will not let us share the Gospel in schools, the woman who ran this one allowed us to do much more than we thought and we were able to give a short Gospel presentation at the end.

This afternoon we have been packing, cleaning, and preparing to depart. Soon we will leave to eat dinner and then make our way to the airport. We have pretty long flights so after this post you will not be hearing from us until our arrival in Dallas on Tuesday.

Pray for safe and healthy travel and for the Gospel to continue to be spread in Ethiopia.
See you soon!

Country Coordinators,

Jesse and Danielle

Greetings!

Today we had a wonderful day of rest and experiencing the culture! We spent the day seeing the city, resting, and finding great bargains in the market. We began the day by eating delicious pancakes that were prepared for us. After this we made our way into the city to exchange our U.S. Dollars into Ethiopian Birrs. This is quite the cultural experience in and of itself. Then we went to a restaurant for everyone to have a lunch of their choice.

After this we had the great experience of going to the marketplace to obtain souvenirs at a good price. One of the best parts of this day is not necessarily finding the perfect gift for our loved ones (that’s great, don’t get me wrong), but bargaining with the shop owners for the best price. This can almost be a game and many times forms friendships with the shop owners because of the fun interaction. We also looked for opportunities to share the Gospel and give out tracts to the various people that we met today. Even though today was not a day of scheduled ministry we knew that we need to always be seeking opportunities for ministry.

This evening after a delicious dinner prepared by the cooks at the Learning Village we had a going-away celebration with our friends here. This consisted of a bonfire, popcorn, laughs, games, and music. We are sad to be leaving so soon but so thankful for the lasting friendships that we have made along the way and for all of the ways that the Lord has used us this summer.

Tomorrow the Lord has opened up a door for us to share the drama one last time at a local school. Please pray for this last scheduled ministry site and that many will come to know the Lord. Tomorrow night we will fly out of Ethiopia and back to the States. Please pray for safe and healthy travel.

Good night!

Country Coordinators

Jesse and Danielle

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What a wonderful day of church we have had here in Ethiopia. We started a day with being able to minister to the church here in the Learning Village by sharing our drama, preaching, and singing a song. They are all so grateful for the help we have been able to provide them in our time here but we count it all joy. We heard a message from Zach (our male Team Director) and enjoyed being able to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We then shared a celebratory lunch with some people from the church for them to thank us for our ministry during our time here. Fellowship is again one of the many things God has blessed this team with and we are grateful for time to fellowship with nationals as well.
We then got the opportunity to go to another church in the city that holds their service at a later time. We again shared the drama, Zach brought a message, and we shared a song. Even though we had never met these fellow believers before, they were still so thankful and encouraging of our time spent here in Ethiopia. After a service time, we got to take a tour of the church that they are in the process of building. Many reasons have made this church being built very difficult. One reason is that due to the rainy season, much of the inside of the church is easily ruined because they do not have a roof and builders do not work in the rainy season. This also brings up finance problems as they are already struggling to build a church and now must fix things that are already done. Lastly, the government can cause problems. They do not want a church being built just as a church being the size that this church needs it to be. So the church is trying to work out how the pastor can live at the church and it still be financially stable. Praise God that they lift everything up in prayer! We were able to join hands and pray for them as well. They have been a church for 3 years and have already grown to over 130 members. Please join us in praying that the church would continue to grow and the building would come together quickly so they have the proper amount of space for these people.
Although this was our last full day of ministry, we want to continue our gospel sharing tomorrow as we spend the day relaxing and shopping before beginning our journey back to America. Please pray for continued health and a desire to share with all that is within us in our last days here. Thank you again for your continued patience with our lack of internet.
Country Coordinators
Jesse & Danielle

Hello!

We started off our day by focusing on why we are here and why we do our drama. We did this by performing our drama for an audience of One. Instead of going to a public place or drawing in a crowd. we set our stage in front of our apartment and performed the drama as an act of worship and for God alone. This is a good reminder of why we are here and a reminder that every drama that we perform should be done as an act of worship for only God.

This afternoon we had the privilege of traveling to an orphanage to share the drama with the children there. This orphanage was not very big, but we still were overjoyed to share and play with the children. After we went to this orphanage we were invited to a church youth event by the guys we met in the coffee shop earlier this week. We were so encouraged to get to worship the Lord with many other youth in English and then sit under teaching with them. After the main portion of the service we were allowed to share our drama with them as well. The people there were so impacted by the drama, and three youth came to accept Christ!

Tomorrow is one of the last days of scheduled ministry that we have in Ethiopia. Please pray for great opportunities and for the Lord to move.

Country Coordinators
Jesse and Danielle

Good evening! Sorry for the lack of communication the last couple of days, we did not have internet. However, we have posted the past two days events. Today we traveled to two small villages to share the Gospel. As we approached one village we started driving up the side of a mountain with no apparent road. After a while we noticed there was a small trail in the grass we were following. After driving on it for about a mile or two we approached a small village with a gate. We entered and our contacts led us to a secluded place enclosed by trees to perform our drama. We got there and there was not a soul in sight, in fact we had not seen anyone in the entire village except for a man who opened the gate for us. As we were wondering who would come watch our drama, a flood of kids and women poured out of a corner we had not seen. By the time all of the people came there were probably 150 in all in this tiny village. We were so encouraged to share the Gospel here because we were told that the Gospel was starting to become known there but there were still about 75% of the women who did not know Christ. Our contacts were so thankful that we came to further show and explain the Gospel to them. The other village we went to was also in the middle of nowhere. We had to drive several miles down a deserted dirt road to reach it. Once we got there the people were so excited we had come that they invited us to have coffee with them. One of the students talked to a woman at this site who was already counting the costs of being a Christian. She was asking questions about how to talk to her husband and what it might mean for her marriage. Our students were able to encourage her and pray for her. We were so blessed today to go to places that are hard to reach but that the Gospel is beginning to penetrate. Continue to pray for more of these opportunities and that we could labor much in the last few days that we have here. Country Coordinators Jesse and Danielle

Hello wonderful beings,

Tuesday while we were traveling, we ran into a storm. This storm had extreme rain and wind which caused a lot of flooding in areas all over. Due to this severe rain, we were unable to travel to the villages intended for us Wednesday. However, as we know and read about in the morning in the quiet time, our disappointment is God’s divine appointment. We got to take a trip back the orphanage that we have been to previously. It was a blessing to see some familiar faces and encourage the workers there again. We pray that they see a Light in us that they can seek.

In the afternoon we got to serve the Learning Village again by helping paint some more classrooms. They are all so grateful for the servant hearts on this team. We did not know that in coming, this is how we would be sharing the gospel but we are learning that a servant’s heart that is willing to do what is needed in the moment rather than what we originally planned is a way to share the Gospel as well. It has become apparent to us all that God purposefully put as all together because He knew what we would be doing here and knew that we would need this perfect arrangement of students and leaders and to make it happen with a joyful heart.

We also got the added enjoyment of blessing our birthday team members by taking a trip to get some frozen yogurt. It is never easy spending this day away from friends and family that are home but they have had willing hearts and we celebrate them.

Country Coordinators

Jesse and Danielle

Good evening friends and family,

We apologize again for our internet difficulties. Tuesday was a wonderful day filled with ministry that we just couldn’t skip telling you about so this post is from the 15th.

Our team is now working with an organization called Great Concerns. Two men, Asrat and Fikre are helping us find many ministry opportunities in places that we would otherwise not have heard about. We traveled to a smaller town on the outer limits of Addis Ababa. Here we learned that the village used to worship trees; similar to the previous day but more extreme. The enemy had such control over this village that many would give their lives as well as their families’ lives over to the power of the demons. The trees were beautiful but nothing like our God! There has been an evangelist in this village for 5 years now and he has started a church that many go to now. Asrat and Fikre have been going for 3 years now to help them learn the truths of Scripture. Many have turned from worshipping the created thing to the Creator.

Two of our students were able to share the gospel and answer questions from a man who was very curious. They were using Scripture they didn’t even know they had memorized! The Holy Spirit was speaking through them. The man prayed to receive Christ and got into contact with the church there. We found out later that this man is a government official and has authority over many that he can bring to know the Lord. Change is coming in that town!

After an on the go lunch, we arrived at a church in Addis Ababa. We played some soccer/basketball/keep away with some nationals while building a crowd. We had the opportunity to do the drama in both Oromo and Amharic since people spoke the different languages. After the double feature our students were excited to do some ministry with the people they had built relationships with. Many were just encouraged by the believers that were watching. One group got to lead some men and woman to the Lord. We are grateful for the churches because immediately after us talking, they were asking everyone to come inside to hear more.

We ended the day quite exhausted but thankful for ministry. Please pray for continues rest and fluidity. Pray also that ministry opportunities would be in abundance as we finish this week with all that we have.

Country Coordinators

Jesse & Danielle