“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done,” I Chronicles 16:8. Thank you so much for your prayers for our fall 2013 Ethiopia team. Excited to share how God provided for our teaching, travel, and even trials!
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Our Hawassa translators, Ensalle and Britukan, have a heart for the women and asked for my full set of teaching notes and powerpoint. Britukan, after the fall 2012 conference, shared the message I gave, “Being a Woman God can Use,” with a group of a couple of hundred women. A month later she attended another conference, and my same message was shared there by the speaker. This time the audience was more than 10,000 women! We anticipate this same impact with our messages going forth.
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” I Chronicles 16: 9-11
Megan’s first aid kit training was to see if teaching is one of her spiritual gifts. (It definitely is!) We still have an outstanding bill for the first aid kits. (The kits cost $2,500.00. If you are able to donate any additional funding, please earmark your gift Team Giesbrecht Ethiopia 2013.)
“To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,” Ephesians 4:12. It was thrilling for me to see my sweet daughter-in-law serve the Lord in this way. Not only was it an honor for me to have her join me, but it was wonderful to see her love the women!
“All I want to do is serve God,” said Megan. Megan and my son Ben were married a year ago, living separately, she completing university studies and he assigned to east coast Navy training. The newlyweds had only been co-habituating a short two weeks prior to our Africa trip. Megan’s obedience, sacrifice, and willingness to go as a missionary is inspiring, isn’t it? If you are interested in a short-term trip to Africa, please send me a note—I’d love you to join me!
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” Matthew 9:37, 38
“Remember the wonders He has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced,” I Chronicles 16:12. We praise God for BIG answers to prayer: Our luggage was recovered in Addis, we remained physically and spiritually healthy throughout the trip, through the Biblical teaching women were released from fear. African leaders were transformed to train and equip their churches to maturity. We give God the glory for His wonders!
Much love and prayer,