Team Ethiopia: Not Ashamed


Team Ethiopia is a short-term missions group from Central Church in Collierville, TN. They partner with our Ethiopian Team on the ground in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for about a week. Here is their daily update regarding their experience and the way God moves in and through this ministry. We thank them for their service! Written by: Joyce Small

What a day we have had!  24 hours of flying and we are here safe and sound. Thank you to all of you who prayed for  safe and smooth travel because those prayers were answered.  Every flight, every ticket, every security check,  fell right into place with no problems. God didn’t stop at just our physical needs.  He allowed us to experience His creative power in a magnificent sunrise at over 35,000 feet, above the clouds. Howard had a chance to witness to a passenger behind him who had overheard our discussion about our theme “The Kingdom of God”. He noticed her listening and leaning forward to hear our conversation and wanted to know what we were talking about. The team experienced answered prayers - anxieties were relieved, illnesses healed, and patience sustained as we waited two hours to get our Visas.

Romans 1:16  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jews first and also for the Greek.”
As I took a walk through the plane, I felt God convicting me to walk further towards the back of the plane. As I approached the back I noticed a group of students fromTeen Missions sitting all together in two rows.  The closer I got I realized that they were all reading their Bible; all of them, with their heads down, they were carefully reading the Word of God. God had just blessed me by allowing me to see these high school students, reading their Bibles, not electronics, totally absorbed.  I even went back again a few hours later to recapture that overwhelming moment.  These students were not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It made me realize that what we are doing demands that none of us should be ashamed of the gospel of Christ! That is why we are here!
- Joyce Small, team member

Team Ethiopia guest house view

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