We are very excited to tell you about our trip to Ethiopia which is coming up April 17th through May 2nd, 2009.  And since we know that there is no way that we can do this trip on our own strength, we would appreciate your prayers, as we prepare for this adventure, and while we are gone.  Also pray for our ministry partners, Serving In Missions (SIM) and LifeWind International, and the pastors and congregations in Addis and Dessie, Ethiopia.  It is critically important that the Holy Spirit guides and protects us, every step of the way.

This will be the first time that we’ve sent 2 medical teams and one dental team into Ethiopia at one time.  One team will   be working in Addis with SIM and HIV/AIDS beneficiaries.  The second team will be working in Dessie with LifeWind International as we minister to children, churches and communities.  Ethiopia ranks as the 8th poorest country in the world and 5th worst in HIV/AIDS.  Infant mortality and mothers dying at birth is the 7th worst worldwide.  Average life expectancy is about 30 years lower than the U.S.  Overall, it is clearly one of the neediest places on the globe.

Our mission’s partners SIM and LifeWinds do complementary projects.  SIM has a primary focus on AIDS Care and Treatment, both for the identified beneficiary, and their family.  They provide medical care, medicine adherence programs, education, support groups, bible studies and micro-enterprise. Their focus is primarily curative in nature.  LifeWind does some curative medicine, but is primarily focused on Public Health education and disease prevention.  They call this Community Health Evangelism/Education (CHE). Our Addis AIDS team will be providing care through Mobile Medical Clinics and Home Visits.  The Dessie CHE team will be serving through School Screenings and Public Health education.
  
It is our purpose to provide health and healing - physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Since Addis is about 50% Christian and 50% Muslim, we hope to have the opportunity to share Christ with our Muslim cousins. Dessie on the other hand will be about 70% Muslim, 25% Orthodox and 5% Christian. We’ll be working side-by-side with Christian church-planting pastors. Sometimes our sharing happens by “Proclaiming the word of God”, and other times it will be “Proclaiming the Good News by our Presence”.

Thank you for your support, prayers and love. In Christ’s service, The April 2009 Ethiopian Medical Mission’s team.

Please Pray;               

  • That we will be able to serve with energy and love
  • That valuable medical care will be provided in Christ’s name
  • For team unity in a very difficult environment
  • For safety and health during the trip
  • Flexibility to adapt to cultural differences and schedule changes
  • Openness to God's leading and lessons
  • A servant heart
  • Blessed fellowship with our partners in local missions
  • That an impact will be made that glorifies Jesus Christ