“Let justice flow down like a river” has never been
so personal and meaningful to our team members than it has been
this week as we prepare for our departure to Ethiopia. The proposed
well project to help bring water to Roggie Village was set into
action last week and the work began to see if the well would strike
water or come up dry (as is the case in 1 out of 21 wells drilled
in Ethiopia). Simultaneously, the entire MPPC congregation was given
small pieces of blue glass as a reminder to pray that the crew would
hit water in the designated well site. God hears the prayers of
his people and just days ago it was confirmed that approximately
10 times the amount of water expected was struck at the site of
the well! God is SO good and we rejoice with our entire church family
in this answered prayer.
Often we may struggle to see God at work in our own lives, when
he seems so evident in the lives of others. This is a firsthand
account of how God is hearing the prayers of our congregation and
consequently, an entire village of our brothers and sisters lives
in Ethiopia have been gifted lasting change! Let us celebrate together!
We ask for your prayers as we go forward into Addis Ababa, Roggie
Village and Nazaret to bring back more updates on such encouraging
work that God is doing through our partnering ministries in Ethiopia.
This is a unique kind of mission trip and we’ve identified
ourselves on the ground here in the U.S. as the Justice Team simply
as an identification tool to distinguish our projects from the Education
and HIV/AIDS teams of the MPPC Ethiopia Initiative.
As you can imagine, when we arrive in Ethiopia, we will not be
designating ourselves as the “Justice Team,” which sounds
like we have arrived with capes on our back and with superhuman
powers. Instead, we arrive in the posture of students, eager to
learn from our Ethiopian partners about their ingenuity and passion
for pursuing long-term projects that work towards Kingdom change
in the areas where injustice, oppression, abuse and instability
are plaguing Ethiopia society. We are working with and financially
supporting groups that are helping street children have homes, warm
food and the opportunity for schooling. MPPC supports Ellilta, a
ministry to ex-commercial sex workers in Addis Ababa and Nazaret
where over 100,000 women in these two cities combined have turned
to the streets for work in desperation. And this is just a glimpse….there
is so much more that we will share with you about on our return!
In short, pursuing justice in Ethiopia has to do less with building
“things,” and more to do with investing in people who
are helping shift the large cultural rutter that God desires to
steer away from oppression and move it in the direction of freedom—freedom
for Ethiopians to pursue all that they are created to be as children
of the King. Join with us in this journey of prayer for social and
personal transformation that brings glory and honor to God.
Our team is incredibly blessed and strengthened by your support.
Thank you for your prayers.
- That we will maintain the posture of students, learning
from the various Ethiopian ministries we will meet
- Likewise, for an Openness to God's leading and lessons
- For God to open up new doors for partnership with justice-related
ministries in Ethiopia, specifically for new contacts made
with female fuelwood carriers as we look into alternative
energy sources for Addis Ababa
- That we will be able to serve with a servant’s
heart filled with God’s love and care for his children
- For team unity and flexibility in adapting to cultural
differences and schedule changes
- For safety and health during the trip
- That developing relationships and outcomes from this
trip will glorify Jesus Christ