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
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 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
 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.