-Karl Ziegler Today we split up into groups of 3-5 people and went off to different churches. The church I attended today was the Timtichu Church which is a Kale Hewett church. It was in a very rural area and is a nice building compared to most we have seen.
Jim Van Grundy, Paul Miller and myself along with an interpreter (who is a pastor from the Kale Hewett headquarters) were introduced to the church. After some song, which is very beautiful, we were asked to share some scripture. That was really out of my comfort zone! Around 300 people were in attendance with most eyes on us during the service. Now I know how others feel coming to speak at Life Center. Jim took many pictures while a few members took pictures of us during the service.
We were asked later on to give certificates to the people that have met their goals in the CHE programs. There where around 20-families that did. After the service we shook hands with many and were invited for snacks in the church office. They had many charts on the walls of the office that showed the demographics of the people, who had clean water, latrines etc. It was very evident that CHE was working for this church. We prayed for help in evangelizing the area, for the people to hear the gospel and for the children. While I did not understanding the language, it a wonderful place to be.
Large concrete Church with metal roof. It used to be a prison. Greeted by the music leader, and then they erupted in song. There was a sound was a sound system and a keyboard. A gentleman in the congregation came forward and sang several songs. The pastor preached out of the book of Thessalonians verses 1-3. The pastor preached the sermon in three separate languages. Fortunately, he did a quick translation for out English speaking team. We were fortunate to have a place of honor up front so we could see and experience first hand their service.
The points he presented to all out of the Thessalonians were thanksgiving to all our brothers in Christ, to pray for one another, How we do our own personal ministry to further the Kingdom and to hope together for the second coming of Christ. Our new friend, Nagash, sang a beautiful song of praise and they all sang along. Then he spoke encouraging words to his people.
I marveled at the Spirit filled participation. The only way to describe it was like being at a sporting event in the U.S. and you have just won. That was the roar of praise expressed to our God.
Our fearless leader, Mike Stemm, expressed his love and fondness for the body of Christ in Ethiopia. He shared some scripture and introduced the rest of the team. Each in turn shared with the congregation.
We then had more singing to the Lord. Then another leader gave us a little history of the church we were visiting. They asked for us to pray for them. For their ministry to share the gospel and for their children’s school. John 14:6
Today we split up into groups of 3-5 people and went off to different churches. The church I attended today was the Timtichu Church which is a Kale Hewett church. It was in a very rural area and is a nice building compared to most we have seen.