This month has been very full of ups and downs and it changes in a flash sometimes. The lack of having any independence is wearing on us (probably mostly me). Sometimes we hire a driver, but that’s pretty expensive and he’s not always available. Our team is really gracious and always happy to have us tag along, but it is a struggle to plan for groceries when I don’t really know when I’ll get to the store again. Fortunately, there are lots of little sooks (shops) around our house, but they don’t have everything. So, we’re ready to have a car. I’m not sure we’re ready to drive here yet, but since we don’t have a car, I don’t have to solve that problem just yet. 🙂 Hoping to start looking at cars next week. Please pray that we find one and that it all works out within our budget.
As for paperwork, we are making some progress. We need a letter before we can go any further and I think that letter will be written tomorrow. With any luck! I know, luck has nothing to do with it, it’s all in God’s timing. It’s one thing to know that and it’s another to be at peace with that. Some days we are and other days we just want it all to hurry up!
We’ve had a few incredible opportunities recently. One was visiting the ADA (Aid and Development Association). This is the Assemblies of God’s non-government organization that offers aid to Ethiopians. They have some incredible programs at their facility…school for young kids, feeding program, AIDS/HIV education, etc… We are SUPER excited about this organization and the opportunity we will have to work with them as soon as our paperwork is done. We’ve been able to visit twice and each time it just feels like we were called here to serve there. I’ll include some more details in our next newsletter, for sure.
We’ve also each been asked to teach a course at the Bible college. It won’t be for almost a year, but we are really looking forward to that, too. It will stretch us and will be a new experience for us, but we see the need and are so excited to partner with the Bible college to train up men and women of God who desire to take the Gospel to the people of Ethiopia. Praying that we will be blessed through that and be a blessing to the students and other staff, as well.
So, you can see…ups and downs. It’s life in Africa, life in Ethiopia. It’s hard to know what to expect day by day. Sometimes that’s okay, other days it gets to us. The huge plus side is that the kids are all still doing great and we are all in good health.
Prayer requests: Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! That we are able to find a car and feel confident driving it soon.
Praises: That we are all in good health. That our house is feeling like home. That are kids are doing so well. That we are finding our fit in ministry and are excited to serve.
Thanks for all the love and support. I am really happy to report that every time we have made a prayer request known, we have felt an answer from God in a very short amount of time, sometimes just minutes. We know that God is with us. We know that God has called us here. We know that God is in control and that His timing is perfect. So, maybe just pray that we have patience in waiting for His perfect timing above all.