DownLine Team: Why go to Ethiopia?
Meet the DownLine Ministries and Medical Missions 2011 team. The Forsaken Children have partnered with the local Memphis, TN ministry DownLine to help send a group of Christ followers to love, support, care, encourage, disciple, and teach the people we love in Ethiopia.
In the following days, you will find on this blog a day by day testimony of how God moves in and through this group of men and women to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with those they come in contact.
This trip has several points of focus and is working in a multitude of ways:
1. The trip started as a means to bring Downline Ministries to Ethiopia to train the Onesimus Children Development Association staff with discipleship tools. This expanded to being offered to others outside of Onesimus – Seminary students, local pastors, and other church leaders. They will host 2 conferences, training approximately 150 Ethiopian men and women in all.
2. Many medical professionals in Memphis are involved in Downline Ministries, so through those relationships a medical team came together. This team is the first medical team TFC has helped send and really the first full clinic that will be held at Onesimus. The medical team will hold a clinic on the Onesimus compound, seeing approximately 100-200 people per day for 3 days. The patients will be a mixture of Onesimus beneficiaries, their family members, and community members. An excellent opportunity to provide health care and minister to the patients.
3. Finally, several members of the team will be focusing on financial sustainability for Onesimus. This group will be meeting with The Forsaken Children’s Sustainability Coordinator, Jonathan Brides and Onesimus Director, Nega about Kota Ganate, as well as networking in Addis. They will also be traveling to visit a chicken hatchery.
We are so excited to see what God has in store for this group! The Forsaken Children thanks the men and women who have given up much to be on this trip, and the families that have sent them. May God get the glory!