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September 2016 Africa Trip

By Brother Jim Cassell

Dear Brethren,

I would like to share a few thoughts on this past trip to Africa of which I felt very privileged to be a part. All went very well with regard to travel, connections, and journey strength. The prayers of the saints were felt and so appreciated. PTL!

Togo: The word was very direct and cutting. “You Must Come Out Now!” All along the way in each stop the word God spoke to me was “Come Out Of Her My People.” It is one thing to say to those that still belong and go back to their churches, “come out,” but the word goes beyond that. We, all of us, me first and foremost, need to still come out. We need to come out of the City of Religion and religious actions that deny God our whole hearts, which is what He is after. We need to come out of the world; the world is still in our hearts, still dictates our lifestyle and character attitudes. We need to come out of self. I can attest, self is still very much alive and making demands that supersede walking in and obeying the Spirit. Prime example; go to any country in the world and as soon as the meeting is over, everyone, young and old, are tethered to our media devices, phones, tablets, etc. No discussing the word or fellowship, just media.

Addis: My feeling is a nucleus has formed and a good foundation laid, now is time to build upon that which is set forth. Brethren are beginning to respond to the word, children are responding. I did notice more men in the meetings and they were responsive. In one meeting we asked those who desired to come forward and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit and all stood up. There was a powerful move of the Spirit and many received, including our widows. Glory to God. Please pray for this people, life is very hard there but they are most enduring and content with so little.

Kampala: “Show the house to the house.” The house of religion was addressed in each session. It is so entwined with our family, our culture and our nationality, our lifestyle. A very good response in the last meeting when Brother Burt ministered on the “Two Houses!” It really expanded on what these 2 houses mean to each of us. “Good Bye, World,” is more than a song, it is a choice, a decision, a destiny in God. We are all in the “Valley Of Decision!” God is offering us so very much and all He is asking for is our whole heart.

Thank you all for your prayers.
Brother Jim Cassell

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia: Praise Report of a Recent Mission Trip

By Brother Fikresillassie Tsega

Hello Everyone,

I would like to give a praise report of a recent mission trip we took.

Early in the morning on Friday, July 22, 2016, Brother Jemal, Mr. Tadesse and I, Brother Fikre, left Addis Ababa on a bus to a city called Hossana, which is about 300 kilometers from the capital city of Addis Ababa. The city Hossana was a transition to our final destination. It is the winter season in Ethiopia and the day was very cold and rainy. We had to spend the night in Hossana in order to catch the early morning bus to another town. Brother Jemal and I rented an affordable one room to share and Mr. Tadesse stayed on his own.

The next day we met at the bus station and took a mini bus that goes to a small town called Soda, which is located southwest of Addis Ababa, in the river Gibe region. Gibe is a tributary of one of the largest rivers in Ethiopia called OMO. The road was manageable until a small town called Morsito. Too much rain and the muddy road made the remaining trip so very difficult. Many times we had to get out of the bus and walk to make the load of the bus lighter. We kept moving forward even though we were struggling, but the road in front of us was blocked by a bus which was stuck in the mud. The passengers began to dig with shovels and other tools to unstick the bus. Although it took several hours, we were finally able to reach the last station of the mini bus, the town Soda. Praise the Lord!

The next challenge was to get to our final destination as soon as we could. This time there was no transportation so we had to walk an hour-and-a-half to get to the brethren. We headed to a village called Omo Chora, by the river Gibe region and arrived to the small village Totanik where the brethren live. The brethren received us with warm affection and made us rest for a little while. We then prayed and gave thanks to the Lord together. The day happened to be a market day for the village so the brethren asked us to visit the market with them. This gave us a relaxed walk and good fresh air before the evening meeting.

In the evening, the elders of the church and others gathered together in the church for a time of fellowship and worship. Mr. Tadesse began by giving his testimony and then Brother Jemal and I shared from the Pattern book by Brother duCille. We continued until midnight and the people were very pleased and encouraged. The fellowship was uplifting and we felt the presence of the Lord. These brethren are very hungry for the word and on fire for the things of God.

After the meeting was over, dinner was served in the church. It was a banquet, a very delicious meal which we all enjoyed. We can only say “God bless them.” We also spent the night in the church where they had prepared a sleeping area for us as well as some of the brethren who also spent the night with us.

The following day we started with an early morning prayer meeting followed by breakfast. We then started the meeting with uplifting songs and prayers. The brethren asked us to introduce ourselves to the congregation. We introduced ourselves and each one of us prayed – it was a time of exhortation and fellowship. The Spirit of the Lord was moving and we felt the presence of the Lord in the meeting.

I would like to mention some facts about the brethren’s background as they are a people who are isolated by society because of their heritage and trade. Many people in Ethiopia are not aware of this, but it has become an acceptable thing to isolate such ones and these people live in their own community doing only business with other communities. Their origin is believed to be Jewish. They are artisan by trade and very good people. We saw the hand of the Lord in a people who are despised by society. We gave praise to God. From what we learned no one goes to fellowship with them in their church. The goodness of the Lord is amazing and we saw and heard their testimony which gave us remarkable encouragement. Their love and compassion for us was Godly. May the almighty God bless them and keep them we pray, Amen.

Sunday was our last day. After we finished our mission, we exchanged a heart-felt good bye with our dear brethren and left in the afternoon. The brethren advised us to change our route to get to Addis. This time we traveled by renting a motorcycle taxi to take us to a place where we could catch a bus to another town and eventually to Addis. However, due to the heavy rain, the motorcycle drivers told us they could not proceed since it would be a dangerous drive. It was a bit shocking that in the middle of nowhere, the only option was to walk in the mud and rain for two-and-a-half hours to get to the next town where we could find transportation which would take us to another town to spend the night. Initially our plan with the new route was to get to Addis on the same day. We were exhausted and soaked with rain and mud when we got to a town called Wolkete. Brother Jemal’s feet were badly hurt and he didn’t feel well. We found a room for the night which Brother Jemal and I shared. Due to the water shortage, we were not able to take a shower. The following morning we arrived home safely around 11 AM. We thank God for His protection and love.

Your Brother in the Lord,
Fikresillassie Tsega

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

2016 January Mission Report – Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dearly Beloved Brethren,

I thought that it would be expedient for me to take this opportunity to bring you up-to-date as to what is happening in Ethiopia. As some of you may or may not be aware, as in many other places in the world, Ethiopia also is having its geo-political as well as eco-political trouble and tribulation that has started over the last year or so. It is bringing tribal, as well as religious infighting amongst the populace of this place; even as it has been prophesied over the last year-and-a-half in many of the meetings held here in Ethiopia. However, I am here to tell you that the work of God continues and that God is blessing the work as it continues to grow and prosper in the sense of changing the lives of the people who are involved in that work.

Those changes are changes that I myself am a beneficiary of. The work of the NGO, as well as the spreading of this Gospel of the Kingdom, has at this time outgrown that which we have in the natural to use as far as the logistics of it is concerned. The compound that we have utilized over the last year is not sufficient to house what it is that we must do on a daily basis concerning the work with the beneficiaries as well as the administrative side of the work. Just these past two weeks we have had 7-10 members of the participating families come to know the Lord. Such a harvest as well as that which is to be added; there is the need of being able to assemble with them and to teach them the foundational truths of this word. Logistically speaking that requires a room to rent to meet with them in. Please pray with us as we look to the Lord for His provision. One thing I am aware of is that in spite of the devil’s attempt(s) to destroy this work, God HAS always and God Will always prevail and HE WILL continue to do His work.

We as a team have a very busy schedule ahead of us due to the shortness of the allocated time; both concerning the natural aspect of the NGO as well as the spiritual side of the story, which in my estimations overshadows the natural side of things. I am asking you as the body of Christ to PRAY!!! (1) We have outgrown our present facilities and are in need of something on a larger scale. (2) For the ongoing work on the spiritual side of things, a place that we can hold seminars and training sessions as well as a place to meet as a body as it continues to add to our numbers. (3) Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for the workers that are/will be needed to facilitate this great work. These are but a few of the preeminent needs that we have at this time. I trust that as you go down in prayer for this portion of the body of Christ to be assembled for its particular and peculiar work, God Himself will direct your thoughts as to how to pray.

Again I would like to thank all of you who pray and support this work as well as this move of God. Thank you for your diligence, your sacrifices of time and energy, as well as your life’s blood. I trust that you will be favored in your families as well as the prospering of your souls.

We love you all in Jesus’ name,
Ethiopia Mission team

Saturday, January 21, 2016, Brother Tomas Brchan

Thank you very much for your prayers. The meetings were very good. The guys here do a great job with the children and we were so blessed just to add a little bit to it. It was a great blessing to see the children knowing the Bible and having a spiritual understanding. We thank God for His goodness, that He reaches His hand to those young ones that are getting ready to receive more and later bring God’s glory to this world around them.

Saturday, January 21, 2016

I have to say that I have a BIG AMEN to what Brother Tomas has written!!!! I was so impressed with the children’s interaction with me in the meeting this AM. I was asking them what they have been learning and not just one or two of them, but several began to relate the story of Moses and Israel as they have been taught over the last weeks. Their recounting of it was marvelous as well as the spiritual content that those responses contained. It tells me that they are not only hearing but they are UNDERSTANDING what is they are hearing and retaining it in detail. The work of the NGO, thanks to the dedicated as well as hard and diligent service of those responsible, is showing not just fruit, but much fruit. It has been a hard uphill battle but there have been many who have been involved with this battle for the hearts of the children of Ethiopia; both here within the country, as well as globally. There has been much trouble and tribulation along the way, but their sacrifice I am sure will not go without reward. It is now however that God is giving us the Victory!

The fight is intensifying because of our success, but God be true and every man a liar. He will keep His word and it shall not return unto Him void. HE WILL give us PREEMINENCE over the enemy and we have/will/shall OVERCOME the devil. The mandate that was given to us in 2012 to “GO AFTER THE CHILDREN” is NOW beginning to show the evidence of that fruit; pray God that we can bring it to fruition. Pray God that we have the laborers to harvest it. I am very encouraged by all that I have witnessed and it has strengthened as well as renewed my determination to fulfil the mandate that has been given to us to “GO AFTER THE CHILDREN.”

Because He is, I am your Brother in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beloved Brethren,

There is not much that I can add to what I have previously said concerning this most recent visit to Ethiopia. I will add however that it was as good for me as it might have been good for the work that is going on there. We, those who have participated in the Ethiopian mission effort over the last seven years, have been pounding on the rock of ecclesiastical deception as well as the horrendous resistance that the devil had mounted when we first came to this land with this word. Although the devil and his princes are continuing in their efforts to push against the light of that word of God, I can testify what my eyes have seen and what my ears have heard. Light is now shinning into that darkness and it is and it shall prevail; as I have said above, I am a witness to that light in this last visit. I can testify by the Spirit, in reference to that thought, that we have had a breakthrough in that darkness! I am being reminded by the Lord concerning the scripture in John 1:5, And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. The Amplified renders it as so, And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. As it is, I can testify to the relevance of this scripture as it applies to Ethiopia. I also have to say that the fight for the soul of this country and its people is far from won. In reality we have but established, as it were, a beach head. There is much left to do as well as the souls that are being saved need to be nurtured and the children that are under our care need to be taught and brought up in the admonition of the Lord.

We have, as of the time we left, secured a place for the NGO that has more space and will give us the ability to have training sessions for both the children as well as the mothers, and of course those who are in the widows vocational training programs. My dear brethren, there is so much potential that we have to teach them the Word of God, especially the children. As time passes and if we do not take advantage of it, we will be responsible and held accountable of spiritual dereliction[1] of duty, something of which I do not want to be guilty of! By the way, in the military sense, in the time of war the offense can be construed as an act of treason.

How can we as a people who have this word, in this particular time of Biblical history, knowing the revelation of God concerning His sons, as to their responsibility and accountability concerning the blood of the church that is now being offered, be so complacent and or indifferent? This church is now emerging out of the quagmire of religious bigotry and the malignant darkness of the man/beast is raising its head out of the seas of humanity to devour it as well as her child. If we have divided interest, how then can we still remain true to our calling and election? II Peter 1:10, wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. 

Some of the main prayer requests that I would want to put before you is the need that we have to have qualified people to minister and to teach the children as well as the adults who have just recently received the Lord. We are in need of establishing Bible reading clubs. Many of the adults cannot read or write, but those that can read need Bibles. There is a strategy that I believe the Lord spoke to me about and that is that those who can read could in essence assemble those who are near to them or meet at a convenient location such as the new accommodations we have acquired and have a time to read the Word of God. The other need that is very necessary is that we have a mission house. A place that those who wish to participate might be able to stay for extended lengths of time. It would be necessary for it to accommodate a large number of people including a care taker as well as his family if there is one, to look after the place as well as to facilitate those who might be staying for an extended time frame. These are but just a few of the primary needs that we have at THIS moment. I am asking those of you who have the unction of the spirit to get involved, first and foremost the need to pray about this burden of concern for Ethiopia that I believe that the Lord has put on my heart and on my shoulders. We, Nancy and I, are committed to do whatever it takes as to whatever the Lord requires… not only for Ethiopia, but for other parts of Africa as well. There are places where there is an opening of a door in the establishment of this message of the death, burial as well as resurrection life. Not only in Africa for us, but also in Europe. There is a battle cry that I hear ringing in the heavenlies, “Work while it is yet day for the night cometh when no man worketh.” May I be worthy of the burden that God would put upon us.

Because He is, I am your Brother in Christ Jesus.

Blessing to all,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

[1] Noun 1. Der·e·lic·tion (dĕr′ə-lĭk′shən) n. 1. Willful neglect, as of duty or principle. 2. a. The act of abandoning; abandonment. b. A state of abandonment or neglect.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Mission to Uganda & Ethiopia – Part 2

It is Sunday morning and our time in Uganda has been very profitable. We have had a number of meetings and the presence of the Spirit of God has been very evident – for which we are very thankful for. As I stated in the previous report there have been some new faces in the meetings. It seems that God is working to establish Uganda as a hub for the spreading of the Gospel of the Kingdom to East Africa. In the first meeting on Friday night the message was entitled “My Job Is To Do What?” It was basically outlining the responsibility and delegation of authority that was given to man in the beginning (Genesis 1:26). There is this thought in Christendom that we have to wait until we die before we can move into that nature and authority that was given to what was described as a living soul in Genesis chapter 1. But it would seem to me that if we serve a living God, a God who is a God of the living and not of the dead, then that which we receive from Him by virtue of His Blood is a “now thing”! The reality of it, as well as the manifestation of it, is only dependent on what I am able to believe. Mark 9:23, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Please note the ALL THINGS!

On Saturday the meetings moved from the home of Sister Biri to a nearby day care school where we were able to put up a canvas cover that was quite adequate for our purposes. This in and of itself to me has some significance in that it seems that God is saying, Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; (Isaiah 54:2). This is a very good word for the work here.

We had two meetings today; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The message that was given in the morning meeting was called “Where Will You Be at the End of The Day.” It started out in Jeremiah 31:29 where by the Word of the Lord, God set the perimeters of individual responsibility. It would seem that God is saying that we individually have a responsibility to “work out our own salvation.” If you take the scripture in context, then it applies to the New Covenant that God said that he is going to make with the House of Israel as well as the House of Judah; which in and of itself includes you and me. It is interesting that God includes Judah in the statement as if Judah has a separate part to play that goes beyond that of the House of Israel.

After a short break for lunch we started the afternoon meeting and the title of the message was “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know.” It was a word that was emphasizing the need for us to draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. It also was dealing with the need that we, as a people, have for tribulation. It was showing us that tribulation in and of itself is a means to an end. Our focus in the midst of trouble should not be focused on the trouble, but we should be focused upon God. At the end of meeting there was a very good response from several of the brethren there.

On Sunday we were winding down and rounding up on what it was that the Lord had been laying out for us who desire to be overcomers; those of us that want to be a part of the First Fruits company that usher in the coming of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit began to show us where we are coming from, what it is that we have to fight and what the expectation of God is toward us at the end of the day. We finished up later in the afternoon with an exhortation from Brother Ronald Johnson who admonished us that we need to see afar off.

By the end of the meetings it was evident to me that God had been doing a work in the midst of us. I believe, as well as the testimonies that were shared by others, that the meetings were very profitable and that God was indeed laying a foundation for the future work of building the Kingdom of God.

I would encourage you all to get the files as they become available in the next week to ten days. If you wish to have them, the link will be posted to the Viber Mission News account. If you do not have Viber and want the files, please contact me at: Bro_Burt@newhopeenterprizes.net. In any case they will be posted to my website once they are edited.

May His blessing be on each and every one of you,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Mission to Uganda & Ethiopia – Part 1

Hello and God’s blessing to each of you,

We got off with a good start on this current mission trip to Africa. Our journey started at 11:30 AM on Tuesday the 19th and we arrived at 10:30 PM on Wednesday night at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. The trip was long and tiring, but it went well and we arrived without any incidents or mishaps. We also had the added blessing that Brother Ronald and Sister Margaret Johnson, who work in the D.R.C. with the U.N., were with us on the flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe. They were visiting family in the States and were now going back to Africa through Entebbe that they might be at the meetings that were going to be held in Kampala. So in the midst of the journey we were able to have fellowship with them as well as to discuss the work that is going on in Africa.

When we arrived at the airport in Uganda we were able to disembark and make our way through customs without the normal difficulties that come with that experience. Our luggage was also available in a relatively short amount of time and all of it was present and accounted for, PTL! However, that was not the experience of the Johnson’s – they had one piece of luggage that did not make it so there was a process that had be done before we could exit the terminal building.

Once all that was completed we proceeded out of the terminal to be greeted by our taxi driver, Adul, who we have used for quite some time now in our comings and goings in and out of Uganda. The journey from the airport to Sister Biri’s house is not a short distance. It can take anywhere from an hour and a quarter to 3 hours depending on the traffic. That may not seem a long ways, but when you tack it onto a day’s travel of 24 plus hours it seemingly is forever. Fortunately for us that late at night the traffic was minimal. As it was, we made good time in arriving at Sister Biri’s house in Kampala where we were greeted with smiles from Sister Biri as well as Sister Geraldine. Sister Geraldine is from Sierra Leone but presently working in the D.R.C. with the Johnsons. She had come the day before in order to be in the meetings that were going to be held here in Kampala. It was while we were having a light dinner that we learned that the meetings we were going to have over the weekend were going to be attended by several of the brethren from different places in Africa. I trust that the Lord will anoint and deliver the word of encouragement for the development of the Body of Christ. We are definitely looking forward to these next few days.

It is now after 1:30 AM. A good hot shower and a nice bed will bring these last few days journey to a very good end.

God’s blessing to all of you,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia Mission Report

Good Morning and God bless you,

Well it is at least morning for Nancy and I, depending on where you are in the world, it could be for you yesterday’s Good Evening or Good Night, maybe even Good Afternoon as it would apply to the West Coast of California. So in most cases you are reading the thoughts from one who is in the future speaking into the past. Interesting thought, isn’t it? Have you ever had the thought that if you could live a day over again, you would do something different? Well it seems in some respect that we, Nancy and I, have had that opportunity a number of times, for when we leave Africa or the Philippines going to the States, more often than not we go back in time at least 6 to 14 hours or more, depending on where in the world we may of be. I am not so sure that we are cognizant of it, for the reason that whether you are in the present or the future, you are always taking your current state of mind with you. It is a thought that one needs to meditate on, especially when you think of the scripture that says that we are to redeem the time.[1]

Perhaps we should have a bit of a Greek lesson here; the word Redeeming comes from the Greek word G1805 ἐξαγοράζω or in English exagorázō; fut. exagorásō. This particular word is the combination of two words. It comes from ek (G1537), out or from, and agorázō (G59), to buy. To buy out of, redeem from. If something is in something else, then the separation from it is expressed with ek, out of, while if it is near it, on it, with it, then apó is used. If you would look at the Thayer definition it says; G1537 ἐκ, ἐξ ek ex ek, ex. It is a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).

So it would seem that if you are dealing with time as to its need to be redeemed, that means that time in and of itself has been taken captive[2] and is being utilized for another purpose; to redeem it you have to go back to the source from which time became, which of course is Gen 1:1-5; time was created for a specific reason and a specific purpose; the reason for which time in and of itself was created is quite clearly stated in Gen 1:26; man might be created in the Image and Likeness of God. It would also be good to link this particular thought to the New Testament for those who might think that the Old Testament is nothing more than a history book and not the foundation on which the New Testament is built. That means you have to go to Joh 1:1 In the beginning (in the beginning of what, would it not be time in and of itself) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; being that we have to take scripture in context with itself it says that in v:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. When you refer to the Word of God, you are referring to the Bible; yes, I mean that Bible you have, probably on the shelf or on the table. So see the transition; In the beginning (of time) there was an entity that is called THE Word/God, that Word established the perimeters of what was being created, for v:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men; as well as what it was being created for v:12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. It also defines the how of it; v:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God; as well as a product that it was to produce v:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Now remember we are still dealing with the redemption of time. The word redemption is the Greek word ek-agorázō. I have hyphenated it for clarity, ek as Thayer’s explain above is a primary preposition denoting origin whereas agorázō means to buy, to buy out of, redeem from. It means that we/humanity must go to the source of time which is of course God and make an expenditure of ourselves in order to redeem the time element that we are residing in (Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.) In other words we/humanity must reach into Eternity/God and pull that Eternity/God in to the element of time through the portal of man; in order for the redemption of it (time) to be redeemed. Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Time was created for a specific purpose (1Joh 3:1-2)[3], but that purpose was seemingly derailed, but in reality it was structured in such a way that God in the midst of time and by the end of time would be able to finish the creation of a man that would be timeless; Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Well so much for time at this time.:-)

I want to share with you some of what has been happening here in Ethiopia. We arrived here on the 10th of January. As some of you might know or may not know, when we left Ethiopia in October of last year, God orchestrated our move in having us give up the house that we had been renting for a year; the lease was to be up in February of 2015. It was not too long after that that Nancy and I were both smitten with a bronchial infection of some sort that was by no means some little thing. We both were very much aware that it was the devil working to discourage us and to keep us from accomplishing that which the Lord had sent us here to do. So we both agreed in the spirit that we would not allow that to happen. We by His grace were able to keep all of our appointments and to do many of the things that needed our attention concerning the NGO; not only that but as of two days ago we had a break though in the Spirit and we both recognized the healing of God coming into our bodies.

ETH 1The RBW-ETH in and of itself has grown as to the staff that is now employed by it. We have an Accountant, Secretary-Cashier, a Social worker, as well as Director, all of which are on salary as well as having the benefit of a pension fund. We have also been able to enlist the help of Bro Seife, as a consultant coordinator. It is a temporary position, but his input and collaboration has been a valuable asset to the ongoing development of RBW-ETH. Considering where we were last year as of August 2014, and the trouble that the devil was giving us in having a reorganization of the original proposal that the government required; taking us from 12 single parent homes to 75 children and their respective families, all of which I am saying at the time, “How can it possibly work out?” As you can see by the picture below, it is truly amazing what God has done to prosper this work. In the beginning of it we had 12 single parent homes and 3 widows that we were taking care of; today we have 75 children with their participating families and we will have 10 widows that will be sponsored and trained in some form of work to be able to provide for themselves. But most importantly we have an instant church/field in which to plant and water as God will give us the increase. When we were in Ethiopia in May/June of 2012, the Lord spoke to me very clearly and He said, “Go after the children.” It was out of that word that God began to open the doors to give us the opportunity to come now to the place that we are at. It is the size of the field that is a bit overwhelming and the need that is evident. It reminds me of the word that Jesus spoke Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. So it would seem in such a situation as this v:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Please pray with us, even as Jesus has instructed us to do; v:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

May God’s blessing be upon each and every one of you,
Bro Burt & Sister Nancy

PS: If any of you that are reading this letter are quickened by the Lord to sponsor a child or to help in any other way please contact us at info@rbwonline.org or reach us by phone at 224-612-2507.

[1] Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

[2] Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.

[3]1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopian Mission Trip

Dear Brethren,

It seemed appropriate to take a moment to bring you all up to date on the Mission activity that Nancy and I are currently participating in. We left the USA on the 8th of January headed to Ethiopia via Uganda. The journey in and of itself was somewhat long and arduous, but it went fairly smoothly without any complications. There was, however a bit of a hitch in the travel plans, in that the various individuals that we would normally be working with were all going to be out of the country at the time of our coming through Uganda; hence we had to develop plan B. There was a brother and his wife, whom we had met on a previous visit to Uganda who graciously came to our rescue; praise God for caring and loving people. Although they had already made certain plans for their family, they willing put those plans aside and agreed to pick us up from the airport and to give us lodging for the night and to deliver us back to the airport the following evening for our flight to Addis Ababa. It was very much appreciated and most importantly a provision of the Lord for Nancy and I to catch our breath, which we were very much in need of.

Our objective for this trip was (1) to be able to strengthen the Brethren in the Lord in Uganda, both on our going and on our coming back and (2) to facilitate the continued development of the Ethiopian NGO. They, the Ethiopian NGO, have had to recently go through a Program ‘Proposal’ reconstruction because of an error in the previous proposal under which they were working. The details of which and the hurdles that had to be jumped over, would be too laborious to explain in this forum. It required the development of a new proposal, which required much of our time and effort in our last visit in September/October of 2014. We can say with a truth that God help us to overcome many obstacles that were thrown into our path. That new proposal, I am pleased to say was approved by the Office of Charites and was implemented on the 1st of January 2015. My Mother use to say “There is a silver lining in every cloud”. The silver lining in this particular cloud was that they allowed us to drop the number of beneficiaries from 150 a year to 75 children and 20 widows. It was a tremendous blessing and a major victory in the overall development of this program and I trust that God will give us the wisdom to grow the program and to bless and develop the Christian virtues in the various beneficiaries that are participating in the program.

I also want to request prayer concerning this great work, for there is a wind of change that is blowing in the spirit concerning Ethiopia pertaining to the Word that has been given and the platform that has been established so that, the work might succeed. It is something that I have been sensing in the spirit since this last October trip when God abruptly brought us out of Ethiopia prior to our scheduled time; it is something that I have been seeking the Lord concerning it. God has of yet not revealed His plans and purposes, but I believe that God in His infinite wisdom will give men every opportunity to work within the framework that He has created. God has created that platform, and he will step back for a space of time to see what the brethren that he has chosen to do that work will do with it, as to the grace that God has given them to do it. There is a scriptural reference to this thought and it is found in Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. Can you imagine that; God created a thing that God called a beast and fowls in a non-descript form than he stepped back to allow man to finish the job; for we know that name in a scriptural understanding means nature. So also are the things that God intends for man to do in the earth today. God will do what God has to do in order to create a platform off of which the work must be accomplished. When that is accomplished God will step back and allow man to have his opportunity to do what he man must do in the exercising of the authority that God has given him to do it. So brethren, please pray with us concerning the work in Ethiopia as to its present place of existence and as to whether or not we, here in Ethiopia as well as globally, can step up to the challenge that is being given to us to complete.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Ethiopia

 

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