1. Training, encouraging and appointing leaders in Western Wollega Region.
We have had great time in the town NEKEMTE. More than 50 leaders and missionaries who have come from EASTERN WOLLAGA and HORO GUDURU regions of the country gathered together and we encouraged, trained and prayed for them for two days.
We have also established zonal office and appointed five key leaders and commissioned them for that region. We have traveled as an apostolic team with our dear leaders Pastor Nigussie and Pastor Tesfaye. Our regional leader Pastor Miheretu has also joined us.
Since that region is very key in terms of peace & stability of the country; we need to focus to preach the Gospel of peace and empower and equip our leaders to impact and transform their community for good.
We do have more than 30 churches in the region. Out of 30 churches 14 of them have been planted in the past six months alone. Those 14 churches are located in the sub-region called BEGI where 90% of its communities are Muslims. We have also learnt from our visit that 120 new Muslim back ground believers/MBB/ are ready to take water baptism in few weeks.
This is very encouraging news for our ministry and I would like to thank all friends, families and partners for praying for us and supporting us in our mission. Praise God.
2. Life changing story – The impact of our Schools
Escape to Christ
Ayat Abicho is a nine-year-old girl in Butajira. Her mother is a Muslim woman who was raped by the unknown person in her village at night, and in this way Ayat was born. According to the Muslim tradition in that village, Ayat’s mother was responsible for this evil act and the community shamed her. To protect her daughter and herself, she and Ayat escaped at night to the town Bitajira and became homeless living on the street. Her mother became pregnant again by another Muslim man and birthed a baby boy she named Kalid. But this man also left her and she became lonely and disappointed.
Our church in Butajira has taken care of Ayat the little girl, giving Ayat access for education freely in our School Butajira and other additional necessary care. And our local church also has rehabilitated Ayat’s mother. Now Ayat is a grade 3 student and her mother also has accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and is now leading a new life with Jesus. She is now a happy woman and thanking God for what he has done for her life and her daughter.
3. Another graduation commencement ceremony in Nekemete town Eastern Wollega Region.
In our mission trip in Wollega; we have also conducted a graduation commencement event. 35 leaders have graduated in mission and Biblical studies. This training was conducted with the aim of taking the training to them instead of brining them to the training center in big cities. The event was so important for them to praise God for giving them this achievement and their commitment and dedication for the past two years bear fruits.
We believe that God is going to use them never like before to transform their communities through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Graduates in Nekemet Town
These are our thanks giving and prayer items to pray about with us:
• Le us thank God for many new Muslim coverts
• Pray also for them that may they grow deep in their faith in Christ regardless of the persecutions that they have been passing through.
• Pray for protection and peace of mind for those of our leaders who are in conflict affecting regions and areas.
• Pray also for our Leadership training, Business leaders summit, and animal and School projects so that may God would continue using those programs and projects to transform our communities.
Samson W. /Pst/
Vice – president and Africa director of U4A