Since there are many restrictions, travel bans and lockdown of churches and gatherings because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are doing most of our work and ministries from home.
Here are some things that we have accomplished in the past month.
1. Continuing encouraging, tracking and coaching our leaders though social medias
As I reported last month our main medium to get connected with our leaders is social media mainly through Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram channels. We can send our encouraging Text messages, recorded voice teachings, prayers and even we can make meetings through those virtual platforms.
Last month we have reached more than 500 of our leaders through those social medias and encourage them and also ask them to know in what situation they and their families are in and how are they managing to feed their family and what is the current challenge and needs they are facing?
God is using us amazingly to encourage our leaders and help them to stand firm through this storm. We thank God for this!!!
2. Mobilizing local resources and supported the needy people who are affected by the Corona virus pandemic.
Along side encouraging and praying for our leaders, we have been also working to look at ways to address their needs in any way we can. So, in last month we have supported and provided food for more than 20 of our local missionaries and their families.
They were so exited and thankful for God and for the leadership they have who are taking care of themselves and for their families.
This work of relief will continue even in the coming months because it seems like the problem will not be resolved soon. So, we need more prayer and support.
3. Preparing project proposals for our partners.
Communication and sharing our needs and challenges with our partners are very important during this pandemic and crises. So, to update our partners and to help them to know what is going on among us; we have been doing lots of mini-survey and compile it to share with our partners.
We have also prepared five major project proposals mainly for our school empowerment, sanitation system and other relief and aid proposals for our needy vulnerable children. And we have sent it out to all partners and donors and trusting the Lord that we will get good response from them.
Those are the type of buckets with spigot here in Ethiopia we use as life-saving system
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says “Blessed is the man that trusteth in Jehovah, and whose trust Jehovah is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat cometh, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
This scripture would teach us that:
- We must trust in the Lord
- Tough times will come (drought)
- Those that trust in the Lord will tap into Jesus for their strength (water)
- Those who trust is the Lord will still be fruitful when everyone else is not (their trees will still have leaves and bear fruit)
In the past, many years of our ministry experiences as Unite4Africa team; one thing that I have learnt and would like to highlight is trusting the Lord under any circumstances. And as we do that; I have seen that our ministry keeps flourishing and continue becoming fruitful.
So, I would like all friends and partners to keep trusting in the Lord and all those blessings will follow according to His promises. In my conclusion, I would like to share our prayer request with you to pray about:
- Pray for all our project proposals that we have submitted to our partners and donors that may God would give the leaders of those organizations wisdom and discernment to consider our proposals.
- Keep pray for the safety and protection of our leaders and their families during this crisis and pandemic.
- Keep pray for the most vulnerable communities that are being affected by the impact of the Pandemic and may God would enable us to continue helping them during this challenging time.
Samson W. /Pst/
Vice – president of U4A and Ethiopia Director