jetlag

Oh the glories of waking up at midnight with complete alertness!  I’m currently in Ethiopia & it seems like this is a great opportunity for me to catch up with blogging, since my schedule presently is “unbooked” ,)  My internal clock says it’s around 4pm but the external clock here says its about 1am, or something like that.

With that being said, this trip to Ethiopia has really big personal significance for me.  It was here in Ethiopia about 5 years ago that God began to stir in my heart Saving Moses, having met twin newborn girls that had been abandoned on a field.  It has also been my experience that getting to minister in Ethiopia is an extremely unique privilege for me.  There’s something here that is deeply spiritual & personal for me so that whenever I get to visit here, I always seem to come away with greater awareness of God & God’s presence in my life.  So far, this trip has been very engaging & deepening for me with God.

I’ll try to keep you posted on what’s happening here, as the time & sleep allows, but in the meantime, as you read this, I pray that you will sense God’s deep and full love for you! 🙂

saving Moses

When i was in Ethiopia last summer, i met twin newborn girls who had been abandoned in a field & this really rocked my world.  This experience has stuck with me & resonated in my heart, growing to the point that i felt God really zero into me & talk about doing something about a worldwide problem – infant mortality.  Truth be known, most of the children around the world who die under the age of 5, die for simple reasons:  poor to nonexistent nutrition, lack of education in newborn care, poor water supply and a few other factors.  These problems are not insurmountable.

So God put it in my heart to launch our “saving Moses” campaign – a project to decrease infant mortality around the world.  When you think about Moses, his mom, sister & a complete stranger (Pharoah’s daughter) rescued Moses, who was used by God to deliver the Israelites from decades & even centuries of slavery, given the 10 Commandments, Tabernacle plans and the 1st 5 books of the OT  by God.  Moses was mightily used by God.  Thank God people stepped into his life to “save Moses.”  I’d venture to say that possibly God could use us to “save Moses” throughout the world.  If you want to keep up with what we’re doing in Ethiopia and around the world, pop over to:

www.savingmoses.org

 

amazing travels

I’m presently sitting between 2 of my kids, Isbell & David, thanking God for the most fantastic family – seriously!  God is indescribably amazing.  In the past 1.5 weeks, i’ve been to Ethiopia, Turkey (quickie), Jordan & Israel.  The best part of all of my travelling has been the fellowship i’ve had w God – such richness, depth & tantalizing closeness.  Sometimes, it really helps my walk w God to get out of the daily routine, out of my comfort zone, & increase my dependence on God. 

Ethiopia:  fantastic time with God, the orphanage we connect with & my friends.  The orphanage that we work with, over the last year, has really undertaken working w abandoned babies.  This was really touching, particularly as this is so close to my heart w the “saving Moses” campaign we’re launching w worldchild.  I also had the privilege of ministering in Pastor Eyob’s church in Addis & i can just summarize this by saying that my church family is now extended to include this church.  My time in Ethiopia has been rich in fellowship with not only family & friends but most importantly a rich depth with the Holy Spirit.  i can’t even begin to describe how completely riveting / captiving the Holy Spirit is to me, particularly during my time in Ethiopia.

Israel:  i joined the group trip w mom & had a great time getting to know some new people, reconnect w some old friends, share about God & see some cool places / ruins.  We visited Petra (in Jordan), Masada (in Israel), drove by the dead sea & then onto Jerusalem.  The group trip is going well & the travellers seem to be experiencing God in many different rich ways by being in many places discussed in the Bible.

Travelling:  i’ve been in lots of airports & on lots of airplanes – all total, in 10 days, i’ve been on no less than 10 planes & spent well over 100 hours on planes & in airports, to include 1 lost & now found blackberry. 🙂

if you’d like to check out some pics, pop over to my facebook & you can see some cool friends, places & experiences 🙂

Again, the best part of the last 1.5 wks has been the rich & deep fellowship w the Holy Spirit – the treasure of my life! 🙂

hello from Ethiopia!

Greetings from Addis Ababa! I’ve had a spectacular time of ministry here for the last 4 days – simply wonderful!! To begin, we’ve been able to launch our “saving Moses” campaign for worldchild – I was able to visit the orphanage we sponsor in Gondar Ethiopia, where I met the baby girls who had been rescued from being abandoned in a field last year. They’re doing AWESOME & I plan to post some pics shortly. The orphanage in Gondar in the last week received 5 babies who have been abandoned.  I’m struggling to wrap my head around this problem of abandoned babies – I think it happens in the world much more than we are aware.  It shakes my heart to see these babies who are abandoned.  I’m rather speechless on this.

From Gondar, I flew to Addis where i’ve had the privilege to minister in a church on leadership & also for the Sunday service.  The ministry time here is really powerful – they are so eager to receive, very gentle & humble and open to God speaking into their lives.  Its a very humbling experience to minister here, a very RICH spiritual experience.  In one of our services, you could sense God’s presence with tremendous weight – such that even now, words elude me from describing how powerful this experience was. 

Additionally, I’ve been able to connect w some great friends from last year & I’m so very grateful to God for bringing me here.  This has been a really powerful time for me w God on a very personal level & i’m extremely grateful to Him for allowing me to come back to Ethiopia.  Of course the food & coffee are great & I always LOVE to pick up some of the language – most of all, i love the people. 

In a few hours, i’ll fly to Israel to join the group trip w mom & I know this will also be wonderful.  Thanks for being patient with the blogging thing – the internet in Ethiopia can be kind of like a safari experience.  that’s all i’m gonna say about that.

So let me leave you with some spiritual thoughts:  don’t reject God’s provisions just because they don’t meet your expectations.  perhaps God is testing you so you can see some of your weak spots.  🙂

Around the world: Ethiopia – by Isabell

In Ethiopia, I experienced Jesus alot! I disovered it was a very poor country because of the people didn’t seem to have very much & the some of the kids didn’t have parents.  My favorite thing about Ethiopia was getting to help other kids!

I went to see king Menelik’s pic & crown in the museum.  It was very awesome.  I also got to see the oldest, most complete human skeleton in the world, named “skeleton Lucy”.  I hope you will help us raise money for water wells that we want to help drill.

back home

Well, we’re back home but I think it will take some time to get into the groove.  Yesterday, I was TOTALLY sick all day & for me, that’s pretty unusual.  I also think it’s kind of comical to get sick in America but to stay healthy & strong in Ethiopia.  We had an excellent time there – saw God do some very amazing things, but for me, the best part is a deepening I sense in my walk w God.  I had some very captivating times w God, hearing Him speak clearly, sensing His presence.  I’m most grateful for this.  There was one time when I woke up around 130a & didn’t want to wake Isabell, so I lit a candle, began reading my Bible & had some incredible fellowship w Him.  I’ll never forget this.

Back in America, its almost 430a & I’ve been up since about 230.  I think I’ll try going back to sleep now.

last post before ethiopia

First off, pls note that the “i” key popped off my computer, so things may seem “i”-less.

Moving on, we leave in the morn & will spend the night in DC, then our ethiopia flight leaves Sun morn & we arrive Mon morn early.  We spend one night in the capital, Addis Ababa & then fly to Gondar where we’ll be spending most of our minstry time.  I’m endeavoring to blog everyday there but basically at greenbracelet so check in there for the latest & greatest.

In the meantime, any prayers you’d remember to offer for Reece & my little men would be greatly appreciated – Isabell & I also.  Encourage Reece that he’s a great father & husband.  🙂

hope

Hope is essential to life.  We all need hope – hope that today will have good things in it, hope that our hearts will stay connected to Christ, hope that the price of gas will stop rising, hope that my son David will stop trying to get me to like snakes, hope that I’m doing a good job as a wife & mom, hope that God is bigger than my doubts, hope that they’ll have decaffeinated coffee in Ethiopia, . . . .  hope. 

Obama wrote a book called, “The Audacity of Hope” – I have the audacity of hope that God is alive & working in every moment of each day through the good, medium & yucky.  Ps 146:5,  “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
What are your hopes?

Ethiopia update

We’re 1 week away from leaving and while we’re excited, we are also experiencing some resistance.  From what I understand, there has been a change in the political leadership for the city we’re going to & it seems like they might not be as receptive to everything we have been planning.  Additionally, it seems like there’s some tension between the Orthodox church & the Evangelical churches – this has been going on for quite some time.  Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible to benefit the majority of the people of the city where we’re ministering.  I’m not interested in accentuating any tension, but rather how we can make the improvements for the people. 

Please pray that our time in Ethiopia is fruitful: 

  1. that we are peacemakers,
  2. that we have wisdom,
  3. that we have tremendous team unity
  4. great display of God’s power
  5. that Jesus is glorified

Most of all, please pray that we please God – 2 Cor 5:9 & 1 Thess 2:4