Christmas season is all about the good news of a Savior. Without Him, there
would be no reason to celebrate. We want to quickly share some of the good news
that has taken place because of Him!
First, in November our church
spent several weeks teaching on “Stewardship”. This series reminded all of us
the importance of giving and the motivation behind it. On December 9th, our
church took up a special offering. We challenged our people to bring whatever
God had put on their heart and that everything received that Sunday would go to
the rent of our facility. At the end of the service, we saw over $2,000 given!
It was an amazing Sunday to see what God can do with hearts giving out of
Second, in December we finished the last of three
“Shepherd’s Conferences” hosted by our church. This conference is used to train
national pastors and church leaders on various topics. We covered evangelism,
counseling, and children and youth ministries in the church. This year we had 12 Bible college students
join the conferences giving us an attendance of 38 people in December. God has
continued to bless this ministry of our church. We are thankful for the unity
of the national pastors and missionaries as we challenge each other from God’s
Third, we have been so excited to share the way
the Gospel has been transforming hearts. This year we had two youth nights at
our church focusing on building relationships with our teens as well as
speaking truth into their lives. During one service, we had several teenagers
raise their hands that they had received Christ as their Savior!
Just a few weeks ago, we had a
woman named TeeTee ask to meet us at the church early. She has been attending
the last few months. As we met, she told
us she wanted to receive Jesus as her Savior. After talking with her for a
while and walking through the Gospel, we were able to listen as TeeTee trusted
Jesus to save her!
This last week, the final service of the year, we also
watched God work. Two young men raised their hands that they had received
salvation. It reminded me once again that the Holy Spirit is faithful to work
when His Word is preached. Please pray for those that have professed faith in
Christ and that we will be faithful to disciple these new believers.
Thank you for another year...
Our family is thankful that we have the
opportunity to live in Ethiopia to spread the Gospel. Please know that your
faithfulness in giving and praying is a blessing. God has supplied for us
everything that is necessary through your generosity. Driving through our city,
Addis Ababa, I see people that have nothing.
Many looking for their next meal or place to sleep. So many who need
basic medical care. As I write, I’m reminded of the undeserved blessings that
our family has been the recipient of. Acts of random kindness, prayers for many
situations we have faced, and new friends God has brought our way at just the
right time. We thank the Lord for another year to serve Him.