Team Ethiopia: We Have Found Our Rest

Today we are all feeling much better! Praise God! Please continue to pray for our health this week.

This morning we went to church…IEC…International Evangelical Church. It is a beautiful place…people of all races and nationalities coming together to worship God. Nicci & Liz say that they imagine that is what heaven will look like….all people coming together to worship our Savior. The sermon today was about Daniel….a man that was determined to serve God and follow His will for his life. Daniel saw his challenges as an opportunity. In Daniel 2:20, he says, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all of the wisdom and power.” Daniel was not afraid. In the book of Daniel it teaches us that God is in control of the heavens and the Earth. This sermon was a great reminder for us to remember as we serve. No matter what we are feeling our God is in control.

After church, we went to the Fistula Hospital. We were going to go on a tour, but they do not give tours on Sunday.

Then, we headed to lunch at Kaldi’s Coffee Shop. We were able to spend time with Nega and ask him questions. He spoke about the children and told some of their stories! After listening to him, even for a brief time, it was easy to see that he is a man after God’s heart. You can really see his love for the children and that he is very humble. We look forward to spending more time with him tomorrow.

After lunch, we were going to go to a National soccer game. We were unable to get tickets because they were very expensive and it would be incredibly busy. We ended up coming back to the guest house to get rest for the busy week ahead.

We have received two rounds of letters from our friends and family… Thanks to our mentors for organizing this! What a great surprise! The letters that we each have received have been encouraging and uplifting. Some have even made us cry. It means so much to our team to know that we are not alone and that others are praying for us at home.

Today I will end with lyrics from a song this morning at church,

“We have found our hope, We have found our peace, We have found our rest
In the One who loves.”

These lyrics sing to our minds and hearts as we are humbled now and ready to serve and do what God has called us here for this week. This song reminds us to cling to the cross and cling to Jesus for He is the one who loves the greatest.

Our time… Keeping up with the time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Comments 14

  1. So glad to see smiles on everyone’s faces! May the Lord bless your work with the children there this week Where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there in their midst.

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Praying for all of you continuously.

    Do not underestimate the impact you are having on the lives of the dear children. Even the smallest act of kindness or most humble act of service can have a huge impact on their lives. How much of an impact is somthing that you may never know about until you get to heaven.

    We can do no great things – ony small things with great love. (Mother Teresa)

  3. Hey team Ethiopia! so glad yall got to enjoy a service at IEC! it is amazing! it truly is like heaven 🙂 You all are im my prayers! Sorry some of your plans for today didnt work out but it is all in Gods plan 🙂 God is right there with you! Praise God from who all blessings flow!

  4. Great group picture and news of your Sunday at worship, the hospital and fellowship with Team Ethiopia. We prayed for you this morning in Safe Harbor and the worship service. Many Blessings to you and the children!

  5. Praying over you guys tonight as you sleep!
    As you start your day tomorrow, keep 1 Peter 4:10-11 at the forefront of your mind…
    “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
    The Lord can and will provide everything you need – ask Him for it. And remember to serve one another. It’s easy to take each other for granted when you get tired throughout the day, you will be working hard, no doubt. But don’t forget that God put together this team, hand picking each one of you “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Sending love from Memphis!

  6. Glad to hear that y’all are feeling better! Praying for all of you! Nicci, the boys say hi, and they really liked seeing the boys in the Memphis jerseys!! xoxo

  7. Mmmm….Kaldi’s…..I’m a little jealous :). So glad to see all of you rested and smiling! Praying for the week ahead.

  8. So glad you guys are rested a bit and ready for the week! Praying for you all. Can’t wait for the next update!

  9. I am 11 days behind in my Chronological Bible reading, and even this the Lord uses for His glory. Today I read in Ps. 72, “12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. 13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. 14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.”

    I was supposed to read this on May 31st, but I believe I was meant to read it today so I could pass it along to you all, my friends heart-broken by the poverty you’re seeing right now. Hear Him: HE SEES, HE KNOWS, HE CARES, and HE RESCUES! Rest in that truth, team.

    Kelly Levatino

  10. Hi Team Ethiopia, Looking rested and ready for the week ahead. Keep the pictures and blogs coming….those of us who support and pray are eager to hear and see what God is doing through ya’ll with these kids. Hope you Cheetos are lasting, if not, you may want to ration them out….

    My sweet Nicci, love you so good, miss you too much, and I’m taking good care of your baby girl. Everytime I come home, she comes running thru the kitchen heading to the back door…looking for you I think…I’ll be in the kitchen and she just runs right past me…So hugs and kisses to you from your Addie Ruth! Hopefully I can skype with you tomorrow. Love you! Night.

  11. May GOD bless all of you for the LORD’s work that you are doing!!! I have been praying for you daily that many seeds will be planted and souls won for GOD’s glory! I pray that GOD will give you energy and stamina, as I’m sure that you all are very busy with the children. Howard, hang in there as you must keep up with the young folks!


    Cindy McLain
    PRTCLYAVVM (Howard will have to interpret this)

  12. Good morning or whatever time it is over there!! I pray that your day will be filled with blessings and joy!!! Thank you all for serving our GOD in such a mighty way! I’m sure that the children are so happy and excited to be receiving GOD’s love and care through all of you!! Stay strong and be safe. Howard, go easy on the old bones because we need you to come back in 1 piece!!!


    Cindy McLain

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