About the 2013 trip

Our Ethiopia Mission Team is getting excited as well as a bit nervous as we realize our departure is very near. We have been meeting regularly as a team as well as in smaller groups to continue putting our plans together for this special trip. We have divided our team up into five sub-teams to focus on the planning for the various components of the trip. These sub-teams are planning the following components:

  1. Medical Team – planning for three days of going out to different areas outside of Debre Zeit to work with a medical team from Ethiopia to hold general health screenings for any people that show up. In addition they will be doing some general health education sessions for those that show up.
  2. Outreach Team – planning for additional evangelistic outreach while the medical team is holding their screenings and sessions focused on sharing the gospel and interacting with the people in the communities and helping the church in reaching out to the people of their community.
  3. Vacation Bible School Team – planning a special VBS program for one day at the Compassion Project at the Kale Heywet Church in Debre Zeit for all of the children that are enrolled in the project. They will be learning about Daniel and the lions den while having fun with songs and crafts as well.
  4. Special Fun Day Team – planning a special day long outing for all of the children who are sponsored by the wonderful people at Tri Lakes Chapel. The people of the church sponsor over 140 of the 280 children that are currently enrolled in the Compassion Program at the church. This will be a day of fun and games and each of the team members will have the opportunity of playing with and getting to know their sponsored children along with the other children whose sponsors are not able to join us on this trip.
  5. Theology Training Team – planning a week long session of workshops on Evangelism and Discipleship for the leaders of the church there in Debre Zeit. We are hoping further their training in evangelism and discipleship with providing them with some practical tools that they can use to train others in their church on how to share the gospel or disciple a fellow believer.

In addition, we are looking forward to having opportunities to have home visits with our sponsored children and to meet their families and share some time together. There is no more special activity than getting to meet the precious child you have been writing to and getting to meet their family on a more personal level.

We also look forward to worshipping with the church family on Sunday’s and having opportunities to share and discuss the visions and dreams that our churches share for reaching their respective communities for Christ. We hope to have a special time with the youth in the church one of the Sunday’s that we are there and offer encouragement to them on how to live a life that honors Christ amidst the pressures of our different cultures to compromise on our beliefs.

Please continue to pray for our team as we continue with the final preparations for the trip and then depart for Ethiopia on the 16th of February. We covet your covering our team in prayer daily from now until we return that we would not allow Satan to discourage us or distract us from the reason we are going. God is at work and we are expecting mighty things from this trip, both in our lives as well as the lives of the people and children at the church in Debre Zeit and as a result, we know that Satan will be working overtime to frustrate our effectiveness and desires.

Some special prayer requests and praises for the team are as follows

Prayer:

  1. Pray that the final details of the trip will come together and that we would be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading regarding the plans we put together.
  2. Pray for unity among the team and that we would put aside our personal agendas for the good of the whole team together and that we would serve with the heart of Christ.
  3. Pray for the health of all of the team members between now and the end of the trip that we would not have any sickness and that our energy levels would remain high even when sleep and schedules are disrupted.
  4. Pray that God would be glorified through the efforts of the mission team and that our sister church in Debre Zeit would be encouraged and unified in heart with us as a result of the trip.

Praise:

  1. God has provided in exciting ways to help each of the team members so that the financial details of the trip are not a worry for the team.
  2. The team has gotten all of the necessary vaccinations as well as the necessary visas and passports for the travel well in advance of when we leave.
  3. The details of the trip are coming together as we have had excellent communication with our partners in Ethiopia and excitement is building among the team in anticipation of what God is doing in the lives of each of the team members.

We look forward to keeping you updated regarding the trip and our preparations for this adventure. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as we continue the count down to our departure. We are so thankful for each and every one of you for your support and encouragement in this partnership. May God give you special blessings through our involvement together in this ministry.

The Tri Lakes Chapel Ethiopia Mission Team – Jay, Shanna and Tim, Wendy, Mimi, Chad, John, Julie and Kevin, Bryan, Loren, Chris and Dave and Sherri, Brian

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