Sunday, June 12, 2011
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. “ Ephesians 3:20
There is no way to prepare your heart for this. You have to experience it. 24 hours into our trip and our eyes are wide open and our ears are listening. Tonight, Britainy received a letter from her sister in-law, Sally Townsend, and we think that it sums up exactly how we are feeling after our first day in Addis- we thought it was perfect to share.
Thank you, Sally, for writing this for Britainy. However, it meant so much to the entire team as we felt like you wrote exactly what our hearts were trying to sort out.
While I would love to share every detail of our precious day with you, too much happened and I would be up all night trying and well, we need our rest... we have children we can’t wait to see, squeeze, hug and love on first thing in the morning! It was a great day- a day filled with God!
Below are highlights and prayer requests from each team member:
- Kelly D.
Highlight: Seeing some of my favorite kids again and loving on them . Prayer Request: Pray for continued team unity and for discernment when talking to the kids about Jesus.
Highlight: Attending church at IEC; worship was amazing and for me a small glimpse of what Heaven will be like- multi-cultural and beautiful voices Prayer Request: for me to be open to what He wants to teach me
Highlight: Seeing the kids again and having them run and swarm me! I loved it when they would hold your hand and not let go and their smile melted my heart with joy, it reminds me of God and how he never lets go of our hands and is always there to hold us! Prayer Request: God would captivate me and change me; and I would have open eyes when I get back home to see where God is calling me to change and give my time.
Highlight: Loving on the kids and just being with them, seeing God in so many places- His spirit in our team and in the faces of the kids. Prayer Request: Pray that we won’t be weary, and that we will give everything to God and just let God ruin and devastate us.
Highlight: Church today was a piece of heaven. People of every nationality were worshiping God together. The kids are amazing! Their unconditional love has blown me away! Prayer Request: Satan is attacking my diabetes like crazy. Even if I have normal numbers, I have been feeling dizzy and unbalanced. Please pray for healing, I need it. I learned today that Nega’s wife has been healed of her diabetes—it gives me so much hope and is building my faith.
Highlight: It was so good to see all of my children again today after one year. God is amazing. Prayer Request: Please pray for our team that God will do mighty and miraculous things through us.
Highlight: My highlight was seeing how much the sports program has grown. Seeing all of the kids come running to me calling me by my name and nickname, “Rooney”, was awesome. Also, seeing how many people were asking about my wife, Heather, meant a lot. It reaffirmed that she has made an impact on them.
Highlight: The highlight of my day was being immersed with the children. All these children want is love and I can’t get enough. Also, I found Tsegaye, the child I have been praying for over the last month, in a sea of many children. It was such a precious moment and an immediate connection. I can’t wait to love on her some more! Prayer Request: I have been here for less than 24 hours and God has ruined me. I am so in love. Please pray that God will continue to convict me and tell me what I am supposed to do next. Also, pray that I will listen with a willing heart to do whatever it is he has planned for me.
Thank you all for loving us and taking this journey with us. Tomorrow is our first day at Onesimus. Please pray that we are able to do all that He has planned for us. He reigns!
Team Ethiopia (Nicci)