Team Ethiopia: Our Last Day

The past few blogs, I have given a summary of the day’s activities. Tonight, I feel like I need to share what is on my heart because it is more important that what we “did” today. This is how I have seen God today….

“Holy, holy, holy, Is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.

With all creation I sing: Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything, and I will adore you!”

As I sit here and think about today and tonight, this song comes to mind. I praise God for today. He is our Savior and the only One who saves. That is what I have to remember.

It is easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and emotions. And yearn to help and save the children and put them all on the airplane and bring them back with us. I learned though that God created us with these strong emotions to remind us that He alone is in charge. He is the one that is watching over them and taking care of them. I am only a small grain of sand in this world.

I have seen people with completely different lives than my “normal life.” God showed up today in my life and the lives of our team and He reminded us that we do not need much to be happy and we do not need much to worship and follow Him. To see these children and people of Ethiopia and how they live with little to nothing: one pair of pants or no pants at all, no shoes, dirt covering their skin, flies on their faces, and a tent or dirt hut to sleep in or no home at all, I am humbled before the Lord. God has told us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Even though it would be easy for some to ask how can you see Christ in a place like that, doesn’t Christ love them too, how can Christ be there when there are so many needy people? The truth is I see Christ here in this place among these people more than I have ever seen Christ before. The children speak boldly of Jesus, they stand up for what they believe in even though many around them are of different religions. For example, tonight as we were having the closing ceremony, in the midst of our worship, the muslim call to prayer and chanting began. But even in that still moment, our God was stronger than ever. We still continued to worship, we still continued to pray, and nothing else mattered. God humbled us and showed us that His grace is sufficient. Sufficient, in that, all we need is our God. When we meet Him at our heaven’s gate, the things of this Earth will be gone, and the only thing we will be able to do is dance with Jesus and all of His children.

I wish I could have bottled up each of you and brought you on this trip with me to experience what I have experienced this week. Words can not explain or express our feelings and what God has done. I do know that we came on this journey because it was a divine plan. Perhaps we have all of these emotions at this moment and can’t quite express what God’s plan is, but in time God will reveal to us his mighty plan. One thing is certain, there is still work to be done. Our mission is not over.

Psalm 72 “For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight.”

– Jane Crain

Team Ethiopia 2012 and the Onesimus Staff and Halfway Home Children

Comments 4

  1. Jane , you have truly captured the trip in words for those of us stuck at home. I want to personally thank you for the time commitment and sacrifice of sleep time to post/ write the blogs! Each one of you are such a blessing ! God the Father is singing your name. Thank you for loving who I love, thank you for serving those in need, thanking you for being the hands and feet of Christ, thank you for seeing the need and choosing to do something about it. i pray over your debriefing time, flights home. love you all!

  2. Thanks for all that you all have done & sacrifices made this week for the children! Glory be to God! One day He will say to you, well done, thou good & faithful servant! May each of you have a very restful sleep tonight & the Lord give you strength for tomorrow. Whatever is scheduled for tomorrow before you leave to head for home, I know the Lord already knows what is in store! We all will be praying for safe travel mercies & good health for each one of you! Will be looking forward to hearing about all the experiences & accounts of your trip! The Lord bless you all!

  3. What a beautiful post! It is so awesome to hear how God is using all of you to share His love! Praying for all of you on your last day in Ethopia!

  4. Great post, Jane. I’m praying for you Team Ethiopia. I know you have seen, heard, and experienced things in the past 7 days that may overwhelm your hearts. What a hard thing it can be to leave, give up control, and trust the children to God and those he has charged with their ongoing care. Such tasks will be experienced differently by each of you. Know that when there are not answers to your questions, or even when you see mistakes or messes, God is still working… When it feels like you can’t possibly leave a particular child or group of children behind, God may be challenging you to trust Him. Some of you may come by these and MANY other awarenesses easily, BUT some of you will wrestle over these intensely. Either way, I pray the process will lead you to a deeper, more intimate friendship with Jesus.

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