Ethiopia 2019 Team Update #1
July 21, 2019
Saturday, July 20
As we see each team walk through the doors of Bole International Airport and into the beautiful city of Addis Ababa, we can’t wait to see God work through each of these team members with varying ages and mission team experiences for His glory this week!
Want to read about this team’s first full day on the Ethiopian mission field? Read below!
- Rock Team Boys: Even though the plan for the day was to visit the Kolfey Boys Orphanage, the trip was blown a bit off course with the team not being able to get in. But the day far from wasted: one person they met while waiting outside of Kolfey became inspired to serve orphans and the team gave him a collection of all the verses from one of their resources “I Call You Mine”. Four 13-year-old MBC boys got to hear powerful stories from three Ethiopian adults who all came through lives of suffering and gave their lives to Christ around the age of 13. And through the work of this team, five kids gave their lives to Christ!
- North/East Region Team: A group of women from this team spent time with a woman who had given birth five days earlier. She was very lonely and their interpreter shared the full gospel and the woman accepted Christ. The woman had not yet named her little girl and the team helped her name the new baby - Danielle!
- PW Team: Our PW campus team visited the KT Baby Orphanages. An MBC teen started a conversation with 30 kids, several of whom did not know Christ. Through the conversation, nine of the kids came to faith in Christ, then she shared that they were now all family in Christ and God is their father.
- South/West Region Team: While visiting the Lidetta Juvenile Detention Center, this team played games with the boys. During these activities, one local church member approached a particularly aggressive boy and asked him about his life story. The boy shared how he was abandoned and taken in by a criminal and began leading a criminal lifestyle himself. He wanted a Bible and the through this gift, the local church member began a relationship with him and plans to meet with him.
At our first nightly debrief, Pastor David Platt shared solid definitions for the gospel and church:
- God’s Character: the Good News of Him (at Eph. 2:4 starts with “But God” - everything that follows is about God. It begins and ends with God. (One True God)
- Offense of Sin: We are dead in our Sin, not basically good people who have done some bad things. If we don’t see the problem clearly and share the problem clearly, and describing the need for Christ, then the solution doesn’t make sense. He is a just God, our sin offends Him, we deserve his wrath.
- Sufficiency of Christ: God has come to us in our Sin, lived a perfect life, sacrificed his life for us as a substitute for us and has conquered Death.
- Personal Response: We must respond with faith (just faith). Faith is the anti-work. God has come to you, therefore repent and believe, turn from our sin and ourselves and choose to trust in Christ.
- Eternal Urgency: Matthew 22:13, Mark 9 and other verses talk about the endlessness of suffering that is eternal separation from God (i.e. Hell). The gospel is eternally important news to those who are perishing here on Earth. They urgently need to be told the good news.
- Life Transformation: The gospel transforms lives; it brings dead people to life and empowers believers to spread this news to those around them.
We are not here in Ethiopia as rescuers, we come because we were rescued.
Church: A local body of baptized believers who are committed together to be and do all that church is and does according to God’s Word. There is a lot done in missions that is gospel-less and church-less. The way we avoid participating in a mission trip that is absent of the gospel and the church is by clinging to the Word of God and intentionally seeking God's will out through PRAYER.