Friday, October 21, 2011

New Church has impact...

     Earlier this year, we reported on the new church plant that has been started in Ethiopia. We held our first service on May 29th and had a great day. Since that first service, we have seen many individuals and families continuing to be faithful in attending. One of those individuals is Hannah. Hannah and her husband moved into a house next door to Craig and Amanda Dyson. They invited her to church for our first Sunday and she has been coming ever since. A few weeks ago, Hannah went with a family member to another sister church. A short time after, Hannah told Amanda Dyson that she had put her trust in Christ for salvation. Please pray for Hannah as she continues to learn the Bible and grow in her faith!      Over the next few months, we are praying about several different ways to get our church presence out in the community. First, we are considering expanding the current advertising for our church. Several church signs located before you enter our community will help give better direction to our current location and make our presence known.
     We also are looking at several different outreaches that would provide us with new opportunities to make relationships. One of the ways our church has been reaching out currently is with our children’s ministries that take place on Sunday morning. Many Ethiopian churches have no Bible instruction specifically geared to children. We see this as an open door to reach many families by ministering to their children. By hosting different events and activities for children, we are praying to reach more contacts in the area. Please pray that we will have wisdom as we continue to reach out to the community that God has put on our hearts.

Back in Ethiopia...

     In June, we decided to head back to the United States for a short furlough that lasted until the middle of August. It was exciting to see family and friends. Spending time with our sending church, First Coast Baptist Church, was such a blessing.
     When we first went to Ethiopia in 2009, we took many supplies with us. Not knowing exactly what we needed, we took a variety of things. Coming back home this time, we were more knowledgeable on what things to bring back to Ethiopia for our second term.     
     We spent much of our furlough making these important purchases for the next term. Buying medicine, household items, and purchasing clothes was high on the list. We also brought back ministry supplies that we had received from churches. Along with this, we took time for doctors and dentists visits that were very overdue. The purchase of these items and services was a major expense of furlough. We appreciate your consideration in helping to offset these costs.

     We are looking forward to what God will teach us and accomplish in Ethiopia over our next term. Please continue to pray for our new church, Bethel Bible Baptist Church, as we preach and teach the Gospel.

Eric, Amanda, Kayla, and Aaron Shadle