Staff retreat – the staff all wore their Tennessee shirts to represent where our team came from!

Team Ethiopia: Day 9 (Friday)

Thank you for prayers. The team is feeling better and healthy!  This day was all about the staff of The Forsaken Children/Onesimus. We headed out to Sodere, which is about 2 hours east of Addis Ababa. Three other missionaries – Bria, Jody and Hannah from the US joined us. Karyn Bridges also joined us and we chatted in the van …

Team Ethiopia: Day 8

Blog Day 8 (Thursday)   Bradley here! Today was fantastic! I woke up extra early this morning to prepare for my lesson I taught today. I went upstairs to the top floor, set my papers down, and glanced out the window. When I looked out, I saw the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. After gazing at God’s artwork …

Cathy using an umbrella to demonstrate the enveloping presence of God.

Team Ethiopia: Day 7 (Wednesday)

Four days and twenty hours ago, we arrived in Addis Ababa with much anticipation and excitement, looking forward to what God was going to do. You have read about some of what the Lord has done up to this point and today was no exception. God has been so gracious to us and has blessed us beyond our wildest expectation. …

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Team Ethiopia: Day 6 (Tuesday)

Today, Liz led a powerful, interactive message on Red Sea Rule #6 “When unsure, just take the next logical step of faith.” She explained the difficulties the Israelites faced escaping Egypt. The kids participated in a demonstration of the parting of the Red Sea, and enjoyed it very much.

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Team Ethiopia: Day 5 (Monday)

First day with the kids is finally here!

The team battled distractions in the morning but made it to the drop-in center to spend a great first day there. Months of hard work and preparation finally came to life and the kids, team and staff were all thrilled to see each other. God really worked in the various stations of the Vacation Bible School and kids were given the opportunity to accept Christ.

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Team Ethiopia: Day 4

After getting settled in the Bethel Guest House and getting some much-needed sleep, the team is finally starting to get settled in Ethiopia. We started off the day by having a fabulous breakfast prepared by the house staff, sharing memories already made on the trip, and reading and discussing our morning devotionals that were led by Liz.

Team SelfieStick after being told to get off the plane with the mouse

Team Ethiopia: Days 1-3 (Travel/Arrival)

We had quite an adventurous trek out here, so thanks to those of you who prayed for an adventure! Lots of flight drama, God’s presence was very real and He is always in control, Jesus was preached and our bags came at the same time we did! We saw the Bridges, had amazing coffee, watched a Christian concert performed by our translator Biruk and ate at a Texas themed restaurant called Rodeo!

Team Ethiopia 2015 from Central Church

Team Ethiopia 2015: Central Church

On Thursday June 18, a team of eight from Central Church left Memphis for Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa to work with the children TFC serves. They will work side by side with the Ethiopian team TFC partners with and work to share Lasting Hope with street children and those at-risk. Each day the team will “check in” and send a report from their day. We look forward to sharing those updates here.

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My New Reality

Liz, Misty, and Anna are serving with our amazing Ethiopian team in Addis Ababa this summer. A key part of their work will be to provide training on basic counseling techniques to the men and women who work directly with the street children. The team will be blogging about their experiences, allowing us to get a taste of the amazing ministry God …