I was in Dallas, Texas connecting with ministry partners sharing about my ministry and as I prepared to head back to Orlando, my friend Cheryl in Dallas asked me “Miheret are you ready to get back home?” I instantly replied “where is my home?” Orlando!
Well it has been exactly 90 days since I moved to America. God is giving me success one step at a time. I bought a car and got my driving license, I opened bank accounts and all my paper work is now finished. I partially started commuting to the office because I am still raising my monthly support need. And currently I live temporarily with friends and co-workers Keith and Kay Seabourn. They generously shared their place with me.
Let me share with you one of the unique opportunities God has given to our ministry Cru. Can you imagine sharing the gospel with 1 Million Youth in two weeks? The following story was shared by Erin D.on Cru.org
Last week in Krakow, Poland, 150 Cru staff members and students (from Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Moldova, Ukraine, Australia, the United States, and more areas) traveled to World Youth Day, a Catholic youth rally, to share the gospel.
They were invited by Bishop Grzegorz Ryś of Poland to serve with World Youth Day’s International Center for Evangelization. This connection with World Youth Day developed as the result of a bold student named Joe Losiak who traveled to Poland to share Christ as an exchange student in the 1970s. Joe built a friendship with a priest who invited him to share Cru’s materials, including the Four Spiritual Laws booklet and the “JESUS” film, in summer Catholic youth camps all over Poland.
That connection has continued to today, as Polish Catholic leaders who were influenced by those summer camps remembered the ministry of Cru and invited them to serve at World Youth Day. As official World Youth Day evangelists, the Cru volunteers had full license to preach the gospel to the 1 million attendees. In less than two weeks, 2,905 people heard the gospel and 326 people indicated decisions to trust Christ.
Continue reading full story at our main Cru website www.cru.org
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I have been reflecting about what God did in Africa through Indigitous. That’s another blogpost for some other time. The expansion of Indigitous movement keeps on and on as student like Roger joins the movement. Celebrate this story of Roger with me.
It was late in the evening as I left the office, only to discover Roger was still working hard on an Android application. When he saw me leaving, he asked if I would drop him off. While on the road, Roger asked me If I remembered the first time we met? I said “I don’t”. “We met 7 years ago at Life4All student conference in Bahir Dar. I was a final year high school student at that time” said Roger. And he continued to tell me how he was challenged during that conference by my session about using digital tools to share the gospel with others. That inspired him to do an internship in our office as a software engineer.
He also said that my session during the conference influenced him to study software engineering. Praise God. Roger is graduating next year from Addis Ababa, University and actively involved in Indigitous movement since Indigitous Addis conference in 2014.
In 9th grade I discovered about Great Commission Ministry Ethiopia ( as Cru/CCC is called here). Mihretu Tesfaye came to our high school fellowship group to give us evangelism training and encouraged us to take the challenge of leading mission trips with him to Borena, Jinka, then to Nairobi, and to South Korea! And it goes on and on! I do love our missionary family and the vision to reach the whole world for Christ. Our purpose is to help fulfill the Great Commission as we build spiritual movement everywhere, so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus Christ! How? By winning, building and sending Christ centered multiplying disciples! I’m very blessed to be part of this Great Commission Ministry family!
This last week I was attending one farewell party after another. It started
with my Digital Strategy team in Ethiopia where I heard encouraging testimonies. The key word I heard there was ‘multiplication’ of our digital strategy movement in our area. I cut a cake with the Indigitous logo on.
Sending missionary abroad is not a common practice in my country Ethiopia. My church took time to appreciate and commission me in prayer for my new assignment. Pastor Zerubabel Mengistu (pictured with me) explained my move to our congregation. The response was very encouraging and I believe many young people are inspired to be part of missional cause.
My national office staff members and Zobloon prayer group also had a time to celebrate what God did in my life and ministry. It was very emotional to me since this group has been my support since I was in 9th grade. I am very thankful for our staff in Ethiopia and our area and for their sacrificial service to the Lord and His people.
I do appreciate my prayer and financial partners, and I’m very thankful to God for their generous giving and prayer in the past! The partnership is special and with excitement and gratitude, I am boarding the plane in a few hours agreeing with apostle Paul
“…..because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.” Philippians 1:5-7
In 1985, Dr. Bill Bright, founder of our ministry, had a vision to bring 30,000 students from all over the world to one place for an intensive evangelism training week to help fulfill the Great Commission. It became Explo 85. Bailey Marks, pictured with me, was assigned to bring the 30,000 students to the US for this mega training. The logistics, visa process, and airtransportation with a budget of $60 Million was an overwhelming task.
The late Dr. Bill Bright and Bailey Marks and their team took the challenge to the Lord in prayer. While praying, Bailey Marks heard the word ‘Satellite’ which he had no clue at that time what it meant. He investigated and it took him a while to get the right person who knew how satellites worked. There was no Internet to Google and get instant results at that time. 🙂
The voice Bailey Marks heard from the Lord changed the outcome of the Explo 85 campaign. God changed the plan of bringing 30,000 students to one place, into more than 300,000 participants in 98 locations world wide (with a $ 6 Million total budget) by using Satellite technology. God is Amazing! Watch this 3 minutes story below from Egypt about Explo 85!
Today God is still using technology and countless digital platforms and Internet services for His glory. Just in 2015, we saw a total of 35.5 million users interacting with our 7 different digital platforms we have in Cru.
As in Bailey Marks’ story from the past, God is also doing amazing things here in Addis Ababa with mobile technologies. My team has been working on two different Android mobile applications since the “Code for the Kingdom Indigitous” event we had in October 2015. Last week we launched HASCOM and Deep Life Apps on Play store. These two apps are very crucial in changing lives for Jesus in our region.
HASCOM (HabeshaStudent.com) App is web based and targets students with
access to call or write emails after reading articles about God and Life in Amharic. The Deep Life app is a contact management app which aims to help our staff and volunteers have easy access to their disciples database and track their progress of multiplication as they win soul for Christ, disciple them in God’s word and send them out to share their faith in their communities.
After a year of battle against brain cancer, my dear 14 year old little bro Aser (my nephew) died on December 23. This has been incredible hard for us as a family, but we do not grieve as those without hope. We are comforted by the knowledge that Aser is with our Lord where there is no more pain and suffering.
When Aser was 2 years old his dad died and my parents took his mother Genet under their wing and raised Aser and his sister Loza as their own kids. They were like a blood brother and sisters to me. Loza is now in High School.
After Aser was diagnosed with cancer, he lived with me for about nine months during his seven cycles of chemotherapy and four cycles of radiation. He was a brave young man during the treatment. Unfortunately it did not cure him. Before he died he saw a vivid vision of where he was going and saw the glory waiting for him. He loved Jesus so much!
In his vision he saw himself go up in the sky and he saw a bright face which he says was like Jesus. He heard a voice saying “the time is finished”. While he was in the air he looked down and saw a very old house. He saw the old house being replaced with a new house. Then he woke up from his dream and told my brother about his dream. Though he was in extreme physical pain, he had the presence of the Lord with him that was very comforting and he is now a new house!
Around 700 people attended his funeral and it was clear that his short life on earth impacted many. His classmates all came with flowers and notes like this
“Aser your dreams were many but we lost you so quickly! RIP!’
Aser freely shared his future plans to study to be an astronomer. One time as I drove him to Black Lion Hospital, I saw a big truck with a name on it saying “Aser Construction” and I asked Aser if he would like to change his idea of studying astronomy for Engineering. He said No!
Once while visiting him in hospital, he asked me some questions related to my ministry. He turned to me and said “Miheret, what you are doing is great, please keep it up, I know it’s going to be big”
Based on our culture, for four days after his death, the gospel has been preached to all visitors who came to our house to comfort us. We had a tent in our compound and people get a chance to visit and comfort us. We are very thankful for all who came to visit us and prayed for us. Every night we had prayer and praise time with gospel presentation.
One of the preachers who came from the neighborhood was very special to me. I know him since I was a kid and he was a Muslim. And all his family are still not believers. But God saved him and he is now a strong believer and preacher! It was such an inspiration for me to listen to him as a vibrant young man preaching the gospel very well. My family told me because of his faith in Jesus he is persecuted. But believers are helping him to grow in his faith. Pray that the seed from the gospel will take root.
The Lord took two wonderful people home on December 23 – Mrs. Bright co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ at the age of 89 and Aser at the age of 14. I’m sure they met in heaven and could rejoice in being in the presence of our Lord! Mrs. Bright served the Lord faithfully until her last breath. You can read more about her remarkable life on www.vonettebright.com
I highly appreciate your prayer for Genet (his mom) and our whole family.
Thank you so much friends for your birthday wish on fb, dubsmash video, texts, and email. Indeed It was a great day because of you!
My ministry partners, as I celebrate my birthday and this Christmas season, I rejoice on what God did through our ministry partnership. I am very thankful for you! It has been a full year with many ministry opportunities.
Together, you and I have
I love sharing my story on my birthday! Join me praising God for his faithfulness! Here is my story…
A mom rushed her sick son to hospital in the hope of recovery. After a few examinations, the doctors told her to go back home as there was no hope for her son to recover. She refused to go back home and stayed with her dying son in the hospital corridor. She repeated the prayer ‘my son will not die but will serve the Lord’. He did. A few years later her son become very active in student ministry. In preparation for a South Korea student mission, God spoke specifically to the boy in prayer. God said ’10 years ago doctors told your mom there was no hope for recovery and you were to die. But I gave you a second life so that you may live life in abundance and serve me around the world.’ That boy was me! I have great passion and I’m very ambitious to make Jesus known to all cultures and people groups in the world! I always give thanks to the Lord for his opportunity of serving him.
Thank you God!
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