374 days ago my feet touched Ethiopian soil for the first time. I spent the most wonderful week with the staff and children at Onesimus Children Development Association. As soon as my feet hit US soil
again, I knew I had to come back. God’s hand was working already and I was blessed with the gift to return for seven weeks with Samantha Burgess. We have been here for almost two weeks and our time has been
incredible. In our devo time with the team of seven last week, we went through Romans 8, which was such a beautiful encouragement to what we should be focused on at all times (things above, living by the
Spirit). It was great to think through Romans 8:15 which says, “for you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fiear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father!”. That verse made us all think of adoption here and how much it reflects God adopting us as sons and daughters who are heirs with Christ, through Him who saved us.
I am absolutely in love with this country, these people and especially these children. Spelling
and pronunciation here are up to interpretation, there are no rules for driving and people are rarely on time. Usually one of those things would drive me up the wall….but here…it’s just not like
that. I find it all charming. God is moving everywhere all the time, but seeing Him move here in Ethiopia is incredible. Today (5/30/13) we began teaching “Children Desiring God” (many thanks to those who helped make this happen). Teaching the drop in center kids takes a lot of energy, but God has been faithful to give
us good rest and plenty of time to prepare the lessons. I look forward to the coming weeks, and will blog again in the near future. There’s so much going on in my head, I feel like I could write for days.
Here are some prayer requests that I know of thus far:
Onesimus is in desperate need of their own land, please pray that God would open up venues here for them to raise money and that their current rent would not go up.
Abel, one of the drop in center boys, has HIV and is unable to receive medicine without paying for it (it’s supposed to be free), because he lives on the street. Pray that the hospital would allow him to get
medicine and that God would heal him.
Please continue to pray for the staff and other missionaries here, as we teach the children. Pray that God would reveal Himself through His word to the kids. God is changing and molding me through this and
I am just so thankful for His sovereign love and guidance.
We can feel the prayers here and are so thankful for the support you all are giving.
Written by Carley Tisdale