Team Ethiopia 2010

Team Ethiopia: Home, But Not Finished

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

After more than 30 hours of traveling - yes, you read that correctly - more than 30 hours of travel for Team Ethiopia - we have arrived safely back to Memphis. Although long, the team's travels went well. We began by leaving Addis Ababa on Saturday, which was definitely met with mixed emotions. We arrived at the airport before 8pm (2pm Memphis time) for our 10:15pm departure... turns out, all computer systems were down and our flight did not depart until well past 11:30pm (3:30pm Memphis time). We flew through the night with a stop in Rome for refueling and finally landed on USA soil in Washington DC Sunday morning after almost 16 hours. We then traveled the remaining legs of our journey - first to Charlotte, NC and finally arriving home in Memphis around 6pm.

We're home, but definitely not finished! Each team member has much to process and hash out now that we're home... What does the trip mean? What did God teach us? How do we respond? What do we do now?  Although we're so glad to be along family and friends once again, God was definitely at work within our journey and there is much for us work through. In addition, physically, we will all work on getting back on a Memphis time schedule, after being 8 hours ahead for a week. Please pray that such a transition happens quickly and smoothly, especially because some of our team members are back to work tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We serve a mighty God!


Team Ethiopia

1 Thessalonians 2:6

Team Ethiopia: Saying Goodbye

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

After our last day with the children (today), mixed emotions are flying throughout the entire team. For some there is sadness, for others joy within the sadness, for others there is excitement at the thought of reuniting with their families, and for others a longing to see what God has in store for us and this ministry, and often it is a combo of many.

We went to the Drop-In Center today - we played with the children, loved on them, taught a VBS lesson about respect, a hygiene lesson educating the children about HIV/AIDS, did arts and crafts, completed dental checkups on some children, tangible donation and inventory organization, and tied up other loose ends from the week that had to be completed before our departure. We ate lunch at the Drop-In Center and enjoyed the company of the children and staff.

Being unable to stop or slow time, the afternoon came and it was time to close out our week with GOODBYES! The team stood up individually and spoke to the children... thanking them for their hospitality, love, acceptance, and affection; reminding them of where the greatest love of all comes from - CHRIST ALONE; encouraging them; and sharing our admiration for them. It was a heart felt experience and an often teary event. Once everyone on the team had spoken, we had all the children get on their knees together in a big group - Team Ethiopia, along with the staff members stood around the children in a circle, holding hands and prayed over them! It was powerful... ALL ABOUT YOU LORD, NOT ABOUT US!

A friend to many of the team left this verse in the comments section of yesterday's post... we want to share it with you today as it has truly resonated with many of us. Isaiah 61:1-3

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, [a]

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

We closed our day with a wonderful dinner at the Director, Nega's home. We enjoyed the Ethiopian meal, as well as some football on TV, and were able to fellowship together again over food, coffee, and tea. It is still hard to believe for some of us that we fly out of Ethiopia tomorrow (10:15pm Ethiopia time). Thank you for your prayers and continued support. God is good.

We leave you with a photo of each team member interacting with the children. Enjoy...

Thankful for His Grace,

Team Ethiopia

Team Ethiopia: Loving Leadership

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

The reality that we will soon be departing from this place is beginning to resonate with many of the team members. Tonight in our debriefing we are talking about that reality --- tomorrow is our last day with the children and amazing staff we have been working with. TOMORROW - Friday - we really cannot believe it has already become that time. Honestly, the acknowledgment of Friday is leaving many of us with sadness and shedding tears anywhere from a few to uncontrollable moments for some... more evidence of what God is doing here in  us, through us, around us.

Today we had a split day in which we spent the first half of the day at the Drop-In Center teaching, playing, and loving on the children and staff. It was Liz's turn to teach the VBS Lesson this week and she talked about prayer and helped correlate with the children that praying to God is like talking to your football (soccer) coach, but even easier. She encouraged the children that God hears our prayers, wants us to inquire upon Him, and is easily accessible. Kelly McGoo helped Liz with her presentation, showing the children how to make paper airplanes... Liz let them know that they do not need an airplane to send prayers to God, rather He's always listening and available for them. Additionally, we had another hygiene lesson for the kids that Bonnie instructed. She showed them how to properly take care of minor injuries and cuts. She also taught them the signs of heat exhaustion (after yesterday's experience) and how they can work to make themselves or someone else better who is suffering from it, and also preventative measures to keep from getting heat exhaustion. She did fabulous, as did Liz. Additional activities included, volleyball, braiding of the girls' hair (they braided our hair, not vice versa), inventory organization and counting for the center's supplies, and beyond.

After lunch, we made our way again to the Boy's Halfway Home. The girls also joined us. We were greeted with a coffee ceremony (don't think we mentioned that about Monday, but we were also greeted the first day there with one). The gist of the ceremony is a welcoming, hospitable thing in which each guest is served coffee (think expresso with lots of sugar - very strong). The serving cup sizes are smaller, but the serving occurs three times, along with popcorn to eat. Following the coffee ceremony (which was a great time for us to sit with the children, hold them, hug them, and just love on them - also feeding them the popcorn to show our respect and affection), we enjoyed arts and crafts time, played with bubbles, and held a Rock,Paper,Sissors competition that the children loved. Leaving them for the day was difficult, as we are not sure if we will see these specific boys tomorrow (our last day with the children). We had some very touching moments as we were saying Dehna hunu... let's just say it wasn't easy.

This evening however was a BLAST as the Team went out to dinner with the staff members. We ate at a very cultural restaurant that had music, dancing and singing throughout the evening. We so enjoyed the one on one time with the staff, as often our attention is directed at the children mostly during the day. These men and women are AMAZING - seriously amazing. The work they are doing here in Addis Ababa is the most beautiful depiction of Christ's love. Below are some photos of the evening... you'll notice that a few of our team members made to the stage for part of the entertainment.

Before we close for the night - a couple prayer request updates.... THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS - Kara slept last night for 8 hours!!!! Keep praying so tonight might be the same! Additionally the little girl from yesterday that we took to the clinic, we have heard from the staff that she is doing much better and should be back at the center tomorrow to participate in the activities. Praise God! Please keep lifting all the other requests up for us - - - the missing donations bag has yet to arrive - Pray specifically that it arrives tomorrow!

Thank you.

Resting in God's Grace,

Team Ethiopia

Team Ethiopia: Right Place, God's Time

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

Today was our "off schedule" day, meaning we did not go to the Drop-In Center at all today like we did Monday, Tuesday, and will again Thursday, Friday. Today was the END OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION program for the children. We traveled, along with the entire staff at the Drop-In Center and around 75 children to a park that was over an hour away from the city. There the staff members led a program inside celebrating the end of their school year. The program included the choir singing for the group, a drama skit, a couple funny games, and K.C. had a chance to speak and present the gospel.

After the program the entire group ate together... the house mom for the girls Halfway Home prepared food for all of us - probably 100 of us! We had PLENTY! While eating together, we were able to experience an Ethiopian cultural experience in which the children fed us. Oh, and you eat with your hands, along with pulling off some of the injara and using that as your utensil.

Once lunch was complete, the Team Ethiopia responsibilities kicked in. The McGugan's organized and delegated responsibilities to each of the team members regarding the afternoon's activities. We had a huge area to play in so we did many things: small sided soccer games, volleyball, we brought Styrofoam airplanes and the kids enjoyed that, a kickball game, badminton, and more. The main event after all the activities played out for awhile was a DAVID vs. GOLIATH football (soccer) match. The kids were David and the staff members plus Team Ethiopia was Goliath. David trumped Goliath, just as the kids learned in their VBS lesson the day before! Ps. Let's just say according to the Scriptures, we knew ahead of time who was going to HAVE to win. ;)

And last but not least is the reason for this blog post title - Right Place, God's Time... After leaving the festivities today - a wonderful afternoon full of action - the team loaded up on the bus and began to leave the compound/park. Right as we pulled around a curve, one of the older boys walked out of the bushes, into the road ahead of us, a limp girl in his arms. We stopped and he rushed the girl to the bus - there we saw her fully limp, eyes rolled back into her head, making a grunting noise of some sort, hyperventilating, and looking extremely rough. Immediately we believed it was possibly head exhaustion/dehydration or worse. Praise God for Nurse Bonnie and God's wonderful, perfect timing. Should we have left 5 minutes sooner, we would have been past the boy and girl already by the time he hit the road. The team began to act in such a uniform fashion, doing our best to alleviate the problem quickly. Bonnie directed the ways, Kelly McGoo held the girl up as we attempted to get her to drink and breathed slowly as she laid against his chest in an attempt to slow her breathing. Joe worked to get the translators there and working with the team as well. We began to pray- pray for God's healing, as well as for divine interpretation- desiring the girl to hear Bonnie and her ways of helping. It was a full team effort and we were able to get her better and take her to the clinic to be sure. Thanks to God's awesome provision and timing!

While most of the team waited during the clinic visit, we entertained one another at a nearby Cafe, sipping Fanta and Coke - - -this information is mentioned because of the picture that is posted below. We found a furry little friend crawling down a web above our table. Enjoy the photo.

And last but not least, the team was asked to give one prayer request each to share on the blog AND share a cultural thing about Ethiopia that has interested them, surprised them, or endeared them. Without realizing how long this post would become, the request from the team was already made, so enjoy the additional length of today's recap. God is working in us, through us, and around us!

Ps. Keep the comments coming - - - they are read out loud in our morning devotional time, so that the entire team can hear! Also, Kelly McGoo has been blogging on his own personal blog - - - there is some detailed personal experiences and reflections on there that you might enjoy also:

Wednesday – Ethiopia/Cultural Experience & Prayer Request

K.C. – Prayer Request – Please pray that the kids begin to connect the love they feel from our team and adults/staff with the love that God has for them. Cultural – Interesting that everyone wears warm clothes like sweaters and turtlenecks to stay warm, even though we are in north east Africa.

Kara – Prayer Request – Please pray for adequate sleep and rest tonight & energy tomorrow. Cultural – Young kids acting so responsible and taking care of younger kids and being responsible for them – in America they would expect to just be carefree with very little responsibility at their age.

Liz – Prayer Request – Please pray that I can more adamantly learn and remember the names of the children. There are so many children and different names than what we’re used to - I want to be able to call them by name without hesitation. Cultural – quietness of the culture/people – they are often soft spoken & the amount of English seen all around, especially on the signs and such.

Kelly D – Prayer Request – Please pray for the children. They are precious and have so many things stacked against them. Our God is more powerful than any of these challenges – Pray that He reveals His power in these kids’ lives in a mighty way! Pray for team morale & energy. Cultural – I’ve never been off roading in a bus before.

Joe – Prayer Request – Please pray that we will get all we planned to get done, done and that our lost donation bag will get to us (we’re still waiting as of 9pm tonight). Cultural – Watching the team members struggle to eat the huge handfuls of food offered to them from the children was fun. I was proud of the team as they were stuffed full of injara!

Bonnie – Prayer Request – Please pray for more exposure for The Forsaken Children, the Drop-In Center and this entire organization… so more money can support this great ministry. Cultural – I’m amazed by the affection of the men. They are not afraid to be affectionate and show respect, friendship, and admiration by a hand hold or arm around the shoulder.

Kelly McGoo -  Prayer Request – Please pray for the staff of the Drop-In Center. I’ve realized just in seeing how ridiculously tired we are at the end of the day, and we’ve only done this three days and these guys and women do this 6 days a week. Lift them up, pray for serenity and rest, and renewed Spirit every morning for them! Even the volunteers! Cultural – Amazed at how nice and affectionate everyone is, even random people.

Heather – Prayer Request – Please pray for the individual team members and especially Joe as he leads our team. Pray that each member rests enough, feels well enough, and is able to be fully present in mind, body, and spirit during our last few days with the children. Cultural – I have found it interesting how strongly the people cater to the “faringy” (sp?) aka foreigners. It’s almost as if they stop everything to take care of them.

Tom - Please pray for continued strength and resolve to provide the intense level of attention and loving for the kids that we want to provide and need to provide. This is not always easy for me. Cultural – I enjoyed the children hand feeding me the meal today. This shows trust, respect, and endearment. After the 20th child stuffing my face, I was “Hulu sod” which means very full stomach. I then had to eat five more handfuls to keep them all happy.

Team Ethiopia: The Lord Often Uses the Least Expected

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

Today marked our second full day of Team Ethiopia activities. We split the day in two halves. The beginning of the day started again as we arrived at the Drop-In Center at 9am. There we split up into our individual team responsibilities. Kara taught the VBS Lesson on David and Goliath - focusing on how God's ways are not always the way we imagine but better in the end, even against the greatest foe. K.C. played Goliath for the lesson, as he stood on top of a table and was surely over 9 ft that way. In relation to the VBS Lesson, the kids were all given sling shots to play with during a selected amount of free time (nurf sling shots! No worries on injuries there!). The kids ate it up! In addition, Kelly and her trusty sidekick, Tom took care of the dental check ups. Man, the kids couldn't wait to be paid attention to with such detail - even if it meant having a shiny mirror and odd objects sticking in their mouth while a flash light shined in their face. With the help of nurse Bonnie, the kids were also attended to for any cuts, infections, and the like. We also were able to give a great Hygiene Lesson in which the kids were instructed on the proper way and importance of washing their hands. I believe Bonnie, Liz, and K.C. probably sang Happy Birthday a million times (what you sing to make sure you lather up long enough to kill the germs). The kids loved it. And then we had activity time, where Kelly McGoo surely shined.... "Nega Says" has become more than popular in the center these days.

Around noon, the group headed to a restful lunch together away from the Center - - - time to encourage one another and breath a bit before we headed to the second half of our day. After lunch we headed to the Boys Half-Way Home, where we enjoyed the company of the five boys (and 1 girl) living there. We played games, Kelly D continued her dental checkups, and we did our best to love on the children throughout the afternoon! Again we find ourselves back at the SIM Guesthouse quit exhausted but looking forward to the strength the Holy Spirit will continue to give us tomorrow for another day! We cannot wait to follow our fearless leader, Joe tomorrow to again share the love and affection we have to offer because of what Christ did for us! Sleep tight.

Team Ethiopia: The First Taste & Reflections

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

Today marked our first real taste of the work we are doing here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We began our first work day today at the Drop-In Center. We arrived at the Center around 9am and after being greeted and introduced to the staff and children, we hit the ground running as a team. Here is a short list of the activities we did today: VBS Lesson about being chosen by God and who God chooses - not picking the strong, rich, and mighty, but often using the least of these and the least expected, Dental Hygiene Lesson - showing the kids the plaque on their teeth with a very cool rinse and then teaching them how to properly brush their teeth, Games/Activities like Simon Says (or Nega Says is actually how we did it, since Nega is the Center director) and soccer tennis with a beach ball, and most importantly we loved on the children and simply enjoyed their presence. We arrive "home" back to the SIM Guesthouse at 5pm - greatly enjoyed dinner and finally some rest. It was a great day, one that makes us look forward to tomorrow.

Below are some reflections from each team member regarding our first day. When asked to write a short five sentence bit or so regarding their reactions about the first day, this is what we came up with... enjoy.

1st day - Monday - Reflections from the team:

KELLY D -What an amazing day!  These children are precious and they are so grateful for everything you do with them.  I love them all already and can't wait to see them tomorrow.  With our "normal" lives, I think we get used to people demanding more and more from us and it makes us immune to simpler things.  All these kids want is love-and they don't demand it or even expect it.

K.C. - I realized how small my faith is. I rarely believe God for the impossible. The problems facing these children and the staff seem so impossible. Dealing with sexual abuse, physical abuse, abandonment, rejection, not attention.  Yet God has met their needs through the incredible staff here.  Sharing images of my family, hugs, games and time seemed to meet the kids hunger for love and attention.  Just showing up and being present is how God used me today.  God used me today when I didn't feel like I could be used.  He's bigger than I thought.

KARA - I was excited to meet so many people today that I have seen in pictures and heard their stories.  The kids were wonderful and fun.  There were a few I immediately felt connected to which surprised me.  My biggest challenge today was the extreme sleepiness I felt from lunch on.  I felt that I was unable to interact as well as I would like to.  I am hoping another night's sleep will enable me to really be present tomorrow.  These kids are so hungry for attention and I want to be able to give it to them.

JOE - Today was interesting. After living in Ethiopia over the past year, you'd think nothing much would be new for me in this country. Well, this was my first experience leading a team of fellow Americans as they ministered to the Ethiopian children I've spent my last 16 months getting to know and love. I never realized how challenging leading a group would be. The challenge is not because of the group, but because of me. I am a chronic people pleaser and I found myself trying to make everyone else comfortable. Imagine trying to make a group of 8 Americans comfortable as they meet about 35 street children for the first time. Not going to happen! I learned today to relax my control and let God worry about whether the team is comfortable or not.

LIZ - Our devotion this morning was on faith.  With that in mind, I tried to go into the day with no expectations.  Well, I was blown away by how beautiful the children were, in the faces, and in their spirits.  I quickly learned that the word "love" has no language barriers.  I was overwhelmed by the work AND the workers of The Forsaken Children!  The team was asked to "live outside themselves" today.  To describe how well the team did this, I would need a video of each member as they interacted with the group.  God has truly blessed my time so far and I so look foward to the rest of the week!

BONNIE - Where do I begin?  We were greeted at the airport by five of the children we are working with this week.  They brought us roses and greeted us warmly with hugs and handshakes.  I was so surprised by how affectionate the children are.  They seem to be so eager for love and attention.  What an honor to be able to spend time even if we're just hanging out!  I've mostly had my hair played with.  Fun stuff!

TOM - Having been to Guatemala and Kenya I had a good idea of what to expect as far as poverty and hunger.  I wasn't prepared for the children's need for attention, love and affection.  I was pleasantly surprised as to how well I responded to giving that love.  There were some mighty big hugs today.

KELLY McGOO - God has shown me how much in my life I take for granted today.  I see adults who have everything that could enable them to provide a better life for others and waste it.  I feel as if I have been one of those people.  Yet these children have little to nothing but they tackle life with a smile and energy that I've never seen.  It's encouraging to know that they are teaching me more about love and Christ than I could possibly teach them.

HEATHER - I'm exhausted, emotionally drained, and burning with a passion for the goals, mission, and vision of The Forsaken Children all in one. Today's first experience truly working with the children and staff at the Drop-In Center has left me with great anticipation about getting up tomorrow and loving on, playing, and working all over again. Something that resonates with me tonight, and brings tears to my ears both of joy and yearning to do more is the reality that this ministry is providing a time and place for these children to be just that - children! As soon as they walk into the compound, you can see the change... from holding the weight of the world on their shoulders out on the streets of Addis Ababa to stepping into a place that is safe and gives them love, encouragement, adult care and supervision, food, studies, teaching of God's word, and essentially the RIGHT to be a child!

Team Ethiopia: Everyone Is Here!

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

Although there is not yet a photo to prove it (after a full days worth of travel none of the teammates that just arrived were eager and/or willing to let a photo be caught of them upon their arrival). However, THE TEAM IS ALL HERE!!!

God has provided safe journey for the rest of our five teammates (Bonnie, Kara, Kelly, Liz, and Tom)! Everyone is here, safe and sound! We met as a full team of nine briefly and prayed together before sending the new arrivals to bed. It is currently 11:15pm-ish here in Ethiopia, so hopefully the team will be able to sleep well tonight and get rested a bit before tomorrow begins.

Specific things to pray for: sweet rest and slumber tonight for the five teammates that just arrived, the energy level tomorrow for everyone as we begin our work and schedule at the Drop-In Center, for the one piece of missing luggage - that it arrives here safe and sound in time for what activity pieces it holds (praise God we believe it holds items that will only be used later in the week), for team bonding, and for our work tomorrow with the children and staff of the Drop-In Center. Lord, give us patience, abundant love, and grace that comes from the power of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ,

Team Ethiopia

Team Ethiopia: God's Provision

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

It's Sunday morning here in Addis Ababa. The first half of our group that is here are gearing up for church service this morning, but we have gotten word that our other teammates have made it safely on their flights. Praise God for His awesome provision! His provision financially to get us all here on this journey! His provision for allowing the first four of us to get here without extra expense on our baggage. For His provision in getting the entire other five team members on the flights heading this way! We cannot wait to pick them up at the airport!

Team Ethiopia: Arrived Safely, Hit the Ground Running

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children’s Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We’ve invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy…

Greetings from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

That's right - the first four of our team members have arrived safe and sound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! We were greeted by a more than hospitable group - including Nega (CHE director), Jonathan (Joe's brother), and a few others. Since our arrival, we've gotten settled into the SIM Guesthouse - where we will be staying for the week and enjoyed a lunch there together. We are also running errands to prepare us for the week - internet configuration complete (yay for internet access), some photos printed, stopping by the Drop-In Center to get a feel for the area... and dinner to come.

Looking forward to the rest of our team's arrival tomorrow evening. While waiting for their arrival, we plan on attending church. How cool to worship our Lord in a different nation with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from all different places.

Until next time,

Team Ethiopia

Team Ethiopia: How You Can Pray

The following is an update from Team Ethiopia, a small group from Central Church in Memphis, TN, who will be serving as short-term missionaries at Children's Home Ethiopia in June 2010. We've invited our dear friends and ministry partners to post their trip updates and prayer requests here on the TFC blog.  Enjoy...

For 9 days, beginning June 12th, nine of us from Central Church will travel to Ethiopia to reach out to at-risk children with the love of Christ. We will run a VBS for children who literally live on the streets because they have no home. As representatives of Central Church and The Forsaken Children we will be working alongside Ethiopian nationals who serve these children throughout the year.

As we go, we ask for your prayers...

Please see how you can pray for us below and commit to pray everyday for our team. We will be more effective if you pray!

Please Pray...

For each member of the team...

Team Ethiopia  Being  Commissioned

Kelly and Heather McGugan, Joe Bridges, K.C. Winters, Bonnie Mann, Liz Roberts, Tom Knecht, Kelly Dawson, and Kara Moses.

  • Many of us are leaving behind our spouses, children, pets, and basically those that depend on us. Pray for those we leave behind!
  • Quite honestly, Ethiopia is known for making people sick, especially foreigners. Pray that the Lord will guard our stomachs from the bacteria lurking around us. Please pray specifically that no member of our team gets sick while we are there.
  • God has something in store for each member of the team. Pray that each member will be like a sponge, ready to absorb what God wants to show and teach him/her.

For each child we will minister to...

Team Ethiopia Getting CommissionedWe will be working with around 150 children throughout our time in Ethiopia. Each of these children are beneficiaries of the project we are visiting called Children’s Home Ethiopia (CHE).

  • We know that we will be spending 4 days with a particular group of street children. Pray for these children by name: Nati, Tilahun, Burikti, Aberash, Addisu, Yared, Sintayu, Desse, Asrat. Pray that each of them will understand more fully the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that those who haven’t will put their faith in Jesus.
  • On Wednesday we will be helping Children’s Home Ethiopia’s staff with an end of school celebration for about 50 children. Pray for K.C. especially as he will be presenting the Gospel to this group.
  • Pray for the children living in the Halfway Homes that we will visit on Tuesday and Thursday. These children are in these homes because they either have no family or their family cannot care for them appropriately. Pray that we will show them the love of Christ through our actions.

For the Children’s Home Ethiopia staff members we will work with...

  • Nega, Biruk, Mesfin, Sodo, Alemayu, Emabet, Nesegnet, Ribika, Fitela, and Abazu.
  • These staff members have very difficult jobs and it is easy for them to become overwhelmed. Pray that our team will be able to encourage these believers, giving them strength to persevere.

We want to keep you posted about how things are going and what we’re doing while in Ethiopia. Please visit The Forsaken Children’s website everyday, starting Saturday, June 12 until Saturday, June 19. Look for the “Latest Blog Posts” section where you will find daily updates.

We'll post another update soon!

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