The past week has been a little crazy. We were without power Sunday through Tuesday and the internet has been broken since then (we’ve been working off of this cute little wifi stick) so that’s why we haven’t been able to update as well as we usually do. Our time here so far has been an incredible blessing. We are daily amazed by the love that is shown by the staff and the kids are beginning to catch on to that as well.
Last Wednesday, we started teaching through Children Desiring God and it’s going really well so far. We are hoping to be able to take the kids completely through Genesis by the time we leave. We will train Taye, the leader of bible study at Onesimus, to teach the curriculum and he will take over after we leave. The lessons will take them all the way through to Revelation.
This past Sunday we went to IEC (International Evangelical Church) and it was fantastic. It was really cool to see all the different people worshipping the same God. It was also refreshing to be poured into and be able to understand the sermon and worship songs. We are definitely looking forward to the next several Sundays we will spend there. It’s the closest thing to “every tribe, tongue and nation” that we think we may see this side of heaven.
Tuesday marked two weeks here and we finally feel like we’re getting used to Ethiopia (being ready for the unexpected at every turn). Street signs are still just suggestions, spelling and pronunciation are still subjective and we are loving every minute of it. We’ve eaten at some interesting restaurants and found some awesome burgers…but we’re about over pizza.
Today (Thursday, 6/6/13) we played soccer at a public field and felt our first real taste of being analyzed from head to toe. No one spit at us today, but some of the local kids did toss some rocks at us. No one was harmed, but it was definitely an odd experience. We’re looking forward to the rest of the week and meeting new missionaries that are coming in tomorrow.
Some prayer requests:
- Eyob, one of the kids at the drop in center has a pretty bad tooth infection and is running a high fever. Pray that he will be able to get medical attention and that the infection would not spread.
- Please pray that we will figure out our plan for next week. With a big team coming in, we’re not sure if we will be splitting up the kids or keeping them all together. We may have the opportunity to work with some kids who aren’t at the drop in center full time, so if that comes to be it would be great to pray for that week to be effective in furthering the kingdom.
- Some of the kids are having more behavioral issues than others and tend to fight and pick on the other drop in center kids. Please pray that as they learn the Gospel, that the word of God would change their hearts.
- Continue to pray for past requests (land for Onesimus, plans for their future and as always, the staff and children).
Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. We miss you all very much, but feel so blessed to be a part of what God is doing here in Ethiopia.
Written by Samantha Burgess and Carley Tisdale