Have you ever encountered God changing your worst day into a beautiful message or event? I have seen that many times. One day in 2014, I was in the Nairobi airport transiting from a trip was processing a difficult personal rejection experience. I was having the loneliest moment of my life despite the crowd around me. Two godly men came and introduced themselves to me. In my pain, I was not the mood for talking but answered some of their friendly questions about my life and what I do. Right before their departure, one of them left me his business card. Later I added them to my newsletter list and learned that they are from Kansas State.
Three years later, as I visited my family in the Kansas City area, I got a chance to meet the two guys and their church missions leaders in Wichita Kansas. I discovered that the Eastminster church in Wichita has been praying for East Africa for a number of years and they send a missions team there. Over time they accepted me as an answer to their prayers for East Africa and started supporting and praying for my ministry. On top of that, on my first trip to see them, I had an amazing experience that led to it being featured on www.cru.org.
Since then, every year I spent a weekend sharing God's stories and His goodness with the Eastminster family in Wichita. The following pictures were taken from speaking to different groups there this past weekend.
God is awesome! He changed my pain and rejection into a memorable and loving experience. I am very thankful for you. I am thankful for the last ten years of ministry with Cru with you on my side.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving season!
Living in a new place
If you are missionary and living abroad, it is helpful to remember that you are not the first one to do so. About 4000 years ago, Abraham, with no GPS left his family and everything he knew at age of 75. He had one reason for doing that: obedience to God. Abraham believed God and pursued His voice for 25 years before he received the promised son, Isaac.
The writer of Hebrew said..
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 NIV
Daily we act on faith. We sit down at our desk because we believe the chair will be able to hold us. We fly from place to place believing there is safety procedures in place to take us across oceans. These actions of faith comes easily because we have seen it done over and over. But that is not always the case. Sometimes we face a new adventure with no or little information or opportunity to see it in action. God usually leads us onto a new path- one that doesn’t fit our minds or imaginations. It’s always a faith stretching experience and the big picture only becomes clear once you have taken the step of faith. Have you noticed this as well?
Another great example from the Bible is Joshua. Joshua took the responsibility of leading the Israelites to possess the promised land. His new role started by facing the full Jordan river. He might have wondered “is this in my job description?”. It seemed impossible to try and attempt it. But I like the way God prepared the Israelites to cross the river because it was not something they know how to deal with it..
“….After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before….”
If you are in a new place, you are eager to get a guide. A trusted friend, co-worker or google/Siri. You name it. There are many reasons for this:
Faith is embracing God’s Word as it is and acting on it even if it doesn’t make sense. The last 6 months I have been exploring, learning and raising ministry support to live and do mission in Orlando, FL. It is not easy! But at the same time, it is great to see God always at work despite my challenges. I have learned these three lessons:
How are you demonstrating your faith and obedience in adjusting to God’s call in your life?
This post was first shared on Medium.com
It all began when Kim Kobayashi was looking online for an image of the Ethiopian eunuch for her children’s class at Adventure Church. She found her picture on my blog then she posted a comment on my blog with a word of encouragement about my ministry. Then we were connected on Facebook! Divine Connection…
Two months later, I got request from my national children ministry staffs about getting materials. I remembered my connection with Kim and asked if her church had children’s materials they could share with the churches in Ethiopia.
The dialogue between us began to develop. I introduced Ethiopian Campus Crusade for Christ national director to Kim and her husband, Jonathan. In August of 2011, Damtew Kifelew, National Director visited Kim and Jonathan, Adventure Church Discipleship Pastor, who, in turn, introduced him to their church leaders, teachers and youth, to explore the possibility of forming an alliance to provide teaching materials, as well as training and discipleship resources.
Kim & Jonathan are former staff members of Campus Crusade for Christ. They immediately connected with Damtew with a sense of family and shared mission. As a result of their meeting, the concept of Acts 8 Ministries was conceived, and the partnership between GCM and Adventure Church began to form.
And the past 4 days I was staying at Kim and Jonathan's house visiting their church. I love the Adventure church very much and appreciate their heart for the Lost. They invited me to share about my ministry and I made presentation about Global Media Outreach Internet ministry.
I believe that many online missionaries from Duvall and Seattle area will rise up for reaching out of the lost online. Surprisingly Kim and Jonathan are going to Ethiopia this Monday 24 October for their first 12 days visit to Ethiopia! Amazing!
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Miheret T. Eshete