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Ethiopia Ministry

By Brother Fikresilasse and Brother Jemal

Ethiopian Calendar – April 14, 2006

We have been inspired to report the ministry that has been achieved from January 15 – March 23 of 2014 and what God has been doing in our country. The work has been indicating hope of transformation and progress & also what God has been doing in our ministry has been bearing fruit from time to time ensuring new doors of ministry. To bring this ministry to this stage I and Bro. Jemal have made a lot of effort and we are still working diligently. Since the work is God’s work, He continues to give us strength.

Many years ago when we met different brothers who partnered with us by God’s will to serve God fervently, we never thought that the ministry would reach at such level. In past years the ministry seems exist once and vanish another time; but now promising light has shined by the power of God’s grace. Seeds have been sown among the youth and university students. Without doubt we will reap abundant fruit soon.

Even though it was God’s will that He brought this ministry to our country, we would like to say that the Lord God bless Ruth Tadesse who prayed fervently and made every effort for the realization of this ministry in Ethiopia.   

It is not our purpose to describe exhaustively about the ministry in this writing. But we will try to explain the current status of the ministry. Starting January 23, 2014 I and Bro. Jemal as well as Brother Burt and Sister Nancy have been working on how to rent the house they live in for the ministry and make resident for them simultaneously. Their home is found at eastern part of Addis Ababa Legetafo/Legedadi in real state of Ropack International. Although it is on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, it is that which was given by the divine hand of God for this great work and ministry.

Though it is suitable environment for guests, there are some basic challenges that must be considered. Among these problems water is the major one that should be resolved. In fact the water problem is not their problem only; it is also the problem of the surrounding community. We are hoping the government will resolve the problem in the near future. For several times me and Bro. Jemal brought water from distant areas for the guests. Through all these challenges, the ministers of God have preached the Gospel enduring the ups and downs. Considering their sacrificial mission let the Lord God bless them. Above all, the most important thing is that we have continued doing God’s work passionately.      

After Bro. Burt and Sister Nancy arrived in Addis Ababa at the end of January they started their ministry in our home fellowship. Then they ministered in a local church for certain days. Following this, we made a journey to western Shoa, Jeldu (Gojo), which is 120 km far from Addis Ababa, as we planned in advance. This programing was arranged by Brother Alayu Kebede. It was church leaders training program. We stayed for four days and then returned to Addis Ababa. For the time being I thought that it would be exhaustive to write about so many things we passed through in our ministry journey in this writing. It would be better to put it in writing some other time in detail. 

It was amazing that our guest brothers and sisters adapted and overcame the challenges of our country in April and May with the hot weather situation and at the same time the cold weather. It was not an easy challenge. As I said before, our home fellowship programs have been continued on Thursday in Bro. Jamal’s house and on Saturday in my home on a weekly basis with Brother Burt and Sister Nancy. We had a blessed time with them for weeks after we returned to Addis Ababa from Jeldu (Gojo).

The next program was at Nazareth. On this program Christian brothers attended from America and Czech Republic. These are Bro. Barak Asbill from America, Bro. Martin Hloska together with his spouse and child from Czech Republic, Bro. Martin Kluson from Czech Republic and Brother Oliver Capcik from Czech Republic. All of them ministered in the Nazareth conference and the student fellowship program. The teaching given by Bro. Martin Kluson entitled “Babylon” touched the hearts of those that attended the meetings. Many Christians who attended Bro. Martin’s teachings requests our ministry for him to come again and give this teaching in depth. We pray that the Lord may give us another opportunity to invite Bro. Martin. And also Brother Burt teaching ministry has been continued bringing spiritual influence slowly in our country that is so influenced by the religious system here.

Brother Barak also shared with us what God has given him at Nazareth conference. Also, brother Barak, his father, Brother Burt, and Brother Martin Kluson taught how to discern unbiblical teachings in the modern Church for the college and university students. But concerning the teachings given on baptism, some contentious questions and dialogues were raised from students and denominations; however satisfactory answers were given to shed the light on the truth of baptisims.

In February and March our ministry focused on university students. This ministry has been continued opening wide doors to serve students. However, there were challenges that we had to face. When God’s kingdom progresses, the evil kingdom is destroyed. Even though we have faced confrontation from dark force throughout our ministry, God’s work has been continued until now. Let the whole glory be to God our Lord.

The other successful ministry took place at the Gondar University. There, university students prepared the conference in a local Church not far from the University. Teachings were given on different topics for the students. The students were enthusiastic, open and full of eagerness to learn the Word of God. They listened to the Word of God until evening occupying the Church; some of them were standing not getting seats for long hours. Prayer needed for the students that the Word sown in their hearts may bear fruits abundantly in their life. We had served at Gondar four different times. The fourth ministry we had at Gondar was facilitated by myself and Bro. Jemal; at this time the ministers were Brother Burt and Sister Nancy. Prayer and intercession is needed for long-lasting life change in those who learned the scripture in our ministry. In most fellowship we had we distributed spiritual books especially a book entitled “The Pattern”. Since most copies of “The Pattern” are out of stock, more printed copies are needed for ministries we will have in coming times. Let us pray for God’s provision.

The other audience benefited from this ministry while we were in Gondar was the Jewish community (Felashia community) who registered to return to their promised land, Israel. Even though I don’t have enough knowledge how these Felashia community entered and started to live in Ethiopia, I asked people who know the history and they told me that many years back these people migrated to Ethiopia from Yemen crossing the Red sea and started to live in different parts of Ethiopia. Those who settled at Gondar are among them. Among them there are many Jews who are born again Christians living at Gondar. When we were serving these saved Jewish people, they were devoted and thirsty for the Word of God. While Brother Burt was ministering to them, they were touched by the message delivered by him. As a result of it, they asked us to minister to them some time in the future.    

The other area where mission doors opened for this ministry is North-West Bahar Dar University. Bahar Dar is one of the sensational cities found in Ethiopia; by the side of the city there is exciting Tana Lake which is one of the biggest source of Abay/Nile River. Bahar Dar is naturally attractive city. The weather condition is very hot. One of the biggest university of Ethiopia is the Bahar Dar University. In this university there are four campuses. From all campuses we gather 50-55 student fellowship leaders and taught them for three days. We realized that even though the message delivered to the leaders was very useful, the expense was far above we expected. Brother Burt and Brother Tomas from Czech Republic ministered to the student leaders for three days. We had a wonderful time. We need prayer support to expand our ministry to other universities.

Finally we need prayer and support for the continuation of this spiritual ministry and to strengthen the home fellowship programs in near future. We have completed our February-March ministry successfully. Brother Burt and Sister Nancy have flown to their homeland April 1 according to our time at 5 p.m. Currently feedback has started coming to our ministry. We have started receiving good testimonies about our ministry we have had in different areas. Many are requesting to us to come again and minister to them. Please pray and support us to respond to such callings by the Grace of God.

Brother Fikresilasse and Brother Jemal       

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

The Rock, the Water and the Promise

Part II of The Water Works

He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 105:41-45

This is a tremendous promise and I believe that it is a word for the “End Time Body of Christ” on a global scale, and especially those who find themselves on the front lines of the battle as well as the various situations and circumstances that belies that word of promise.  Since arriving in Ethiopia I have had many occasions to travel around the city of Addis, as well as other cities and various locations that would include the open spaces of land that are part of Ethiopia. When you look at the natural environment and the way that things are done and the out-of-order-ness of it, it gives evidence to the darkness that is so preeminent that rules over the land, it is difficult to believe that you as an individual can make a difference that will change it.  To be quite frank, this is not just an Ethiopian problem. Although it is global, it is predominantly apparent in the entirety of Africa that I have had the privilege of seeing, as well as in Asia. I have come to the conclusion that the only hope that humanity has at this point[1], the only thing that will impede its slide into the pit of hell on the greased rail of religious deception in both levels of the church (Outer Court, Holy Place), is this Apostolic Word of Sonship that has at its foundation the death to self-message. In other words, it requires the total abandonment of self to the will of God and to His plan and purpose in this end of time.    

It is not so much the condition of the land or the darkness that is upon the people that frightens me, it is the apathy of the elect of God to the condition of it and the desensitization of our spiritual discernment in discerning the times that we are in and that in and of itself produces an abject lack of commitment[2] to do something about it.  It leads me to believe that the parable of the fruit tree is a parable of the Holy Place church.  Luke 13:6, He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.  If what I am seeing and expressing to you is the Lord, and I believe that it is, then that means for those of us who have been hearing this Word, we could very well wake up to the sense of reality that we have missed the boat[3].  Am I bold enough to say that God is giving us one more year to fix the problem; yes, I believe that I am. It reminds me of a dream that Brother duCille had many years ago: He and Mavis were on a boat[4] that was sailing out of the harbor on its way to a destination[5].  There was some sort of disturbance in the parking lot from which they had left[6], and he was intently trying to see what it was that was going on. All of a sudden he found himself and Sister Mavis in the parking lot and the boat in the distance; it was sailing off without them. In the dream there was no way that he could remedy the situation. I remember him telling me that when he woke up from the dream, he had such a sense of loss and despair over the fact that he was no longer on the boat and that he could not get back to it. What it says to me is that there are times God will rescue us out of some circumstances the first time around. However, God expects for us to learn from those circumstances and utilize those experiences and His correction that comes because of it; to discern them when they come around again so that we do not fall prey to the devil’s trap, because God may very well not intervene the second time around.

There is also the story of the rich young ruler which has been coming up again and again. The more I meditate upon it the more I am convinced that the rich young ruler is indicative of the Holy Place people; a people that has done well with their walk in the Lord and has prospered in the natural because of it. However, it was now time for him to advance to a higher level so the invitation is given and the cost of it is evident; unfortunately, he did not make the grade. Can you imagine the despair of one’s soul to come down to the end of the day and not be a part of the First Fruits Company because of “things”? Things that may seem important, but at the very best they are things that are temporal,[7] because they are doing nothing to enhance or develop the reality of your eternal calling[8]. It says of the saints that have gone on before us that they did not accept deliverance because they had a hope of a better resurrection[9]. That hope is the Word of God that has been delivered unto us as a people. It is this word that is the culmination as well as the manifestation of that which was given to the Church by the Apostles and in particular that which was given to Paul concerning the people that would come forth in the end of time; the same people who Peter in his epistle to the church said that we were a peculiar people, a people that were set aside for a particular time for a particular purpose, that would come forth in the End of Time, of which time we are in.  It is not as though we, to whom the revelation and the truth of that apostolic Word were given, can live our lives as unto ourselves.  The reference scripture above states that the saints that have gone before us chose to suffer persecution and death on the basis of a people, and we are that people, that were to come and in our coming they would receive the promise that they were denied[10].  We are that people!! We are their hope! For it has been bequeathed unto us on the basis of the Word of God and the fullness of the understanding of that Word that has been committed unto us.  We are that people to whom they are looking unto.[11] The Rock that is mentioned in the opening verse; it was first smitten[12] by the Prophetic Word of God. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

Brethren, WE ARE AT the drinking of the water. It is God that is scrutinizing us and not man. It will be His decision and His decision alone as to who will qualify for that final selection of that Gideon’s Company. It would behoove us that every man “work out his OWN salvation with FEAR[13] and TREMBLING[14].”

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt

[1] Gen_6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

[2] Mat_13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

[3] 1Co_15:36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

[4] The boat was indicative of His moving with God with a people on the basis of the Word that God gave to him concerning the End Time. 

[5] Mat_24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

[6] There was a word brought to us as a people, “your people are easily diverted, easily subverted.”

[7] Pro_16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

[8] Isa_64:4  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

[9] Heb_11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  

[10] Heb_11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

[11] Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

[12] Joh_12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 

[13] G5401 φόβος phobos-Thayer Definition: 1) fear, dread, terror 1a) that which strikes terror 

[14] G5156-τρόμος-tromos-Thayer Definition: 1) a trembling or quaking with fear 2) with fear and trembling, used to describe the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability completely to meet all requirements, but religiously does his utmost to fulfill his duty.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

The Water Works

Dear Brethren,

We have been having difficulty with receiving water and having enough of it to be able to do the necessary things that you need to do with water. It starts with the delivery of water; water is sent from the source to the various destinations, then it is stored by the consumer in tanks and on demand it is pumped mechanically or by gravity to the house.

The trouble for us started from the beginning; that is we were not receiving sufficient water to even fill one of the tanks. We have two tanks, one that is on the ground and the other that is elevated on a stand. Eventually there was a supply of water that came that was sufficient to fill both tanks and you can imagine the relief that we felt on now having sufficient water to be able to do the necessary things. The upper tank is a gravity fed type of situation so all you have to do is open the valve and let the water drain into the house. Well, that is how it is supposed to work. You can imagine our disappointment when we got up the next morning to discover that the upper tank had completely drained out and there was no visible evidence of where it could have gone either outside or inside the house. How do you lose 1000 liters of water and not find a trace of where it might have gone? After much discussion with several people and examining several possibilities, it was discovered that the plumbing that went underground to the house had deteriorated and was allowing the water to run out underground. Now you have to understand that this has been going on since we got here which was about three weeks. It was early on in the midst of this situation that I began to enquire of the Lord as to what was the spiritual perspective of this situation. It seems that God would very often use individuals and their personal situations to bring a word to address a particular concern that He has with His people. It can be clearly seen in the book of Jeremiah, as well as Hosea. Those are the most blatant ones, but if you look at all the stories of individuals that lived in the Bible, they in and of themselves are a prophetic word to us as a people. Their lives have been a prophetic voice that accuses or excuses us as a people concerning the word that has been committed unto us.

It was the morning of the 14th that I received a word from the Lord about our particular problem with the water. There are two facets of the situation that apply to the whole of it, both of which concern the fellowship as a whole. The first is the fellowship Universally/Globally and its involvement in the mission effort. The other is concerning the work in the mission field and what is needed to supply the water to where it must go. There are two objectives that must be achieved: one is water to the kitchen [applies to food and the preparation of it], and two is water to the bathrooms [applies to sanctification and consecration].I am also convinced that these two particular elements that are being revealed is showing us where the difficulty lies, and by showing us the problem, it also gives us the solution that can be applied wherever we may be working to establish a mission platform from which we may be able to perpetuate this gospel of the Kingdom.

Water is indicative of the Word of God, and in this particular situation we have a Word of God that pertains to the desire of God to have Sons. This word highlights the desire of God to have sons who delight in pleasing Him, their Father. It is an apostolic word that has been committed to us for this end-time. It is the same Word that was given to the Apostles, only the understanding of it has been expanded to a greater measure of fullness and now God is even bringing further enlightenment to the ministry for the edification of the Body. In our particular situation, when water comes, in order for it to be of any value it must come in sufficient quantity and pressure to fill the tanks; unfortunately, that has not been the case. If you would put this in a logistical concept and apply it to the Holy Place church, it deals with the resources necessary to provide what is necessary to facilitate the meeting of the need. This would include manpower, materials needed, as well as finances; these are elements that come from without the immediate environment. The current water shortage situation is highlighting the malady of the Holy Place Church; there is a severe lack of interest (pressure) in the promotion (quantity) to bring this message of Sonship to the mission field. As to the second problem of the pipes that supply the water to the house, it was discovered that the pipes in and of themselves were completely rotten and rusted out and all the water was running, not leaking, into the ground under the concrete. It means the resources of the Holy Place church are being funneled into “other things,” things of little consequence that are not in line with the objective of God for the time frame in which we live [Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.]. All that is being accomplished with it is that it is just being wasted. It is not just leaking, it is running out and it is not getting to the right places [Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.] “…and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.I would suggest that you read the first part of the chapter because it deals with the building of the house of God. It is a building not made with hands.

The scripture is very specific when it comes to a man and his own salvation. God told Gideon that he, Gideon, was to bring the people down to the water, and there He, God, would try them. I wonder if anyone has ever looked that word “try them” up. I haven’t, at least not until today. In the Greek it isצרף  sâraph tsaw-raf’ A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try. It suggests something that is done by intense heat, and then in some manner is beaten with a hammer to make it “weld/fuse” to another piece of metal. It reminds me of the Lampstand in the Holy Place church. It was to be made out of one piece of beaten gold. The branches were welded or fused to the stem by means of a hammer. Exodus 25:31, And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work H4749(H4749 מקשׁה miqshâh mik-shaw’ Feminine of H4748; rounded work, that is, moulded by hammering (repousse): – beaten (out of one piece, work), upright, whole piece.), or perhaps it was just one piece of Gold that was hammered and beaten into its particular shape. However it might have been done, what that translates to is something that is a very hard choice, something that is extremely painful, something that is going to wind up costing you a bundle. We, the Holy Place Church, are in what my mother would call the “valley of decision.” Will we drink the water from the hand, or will we lap it as a dog would lap.

Because He is and by virtue of His Blood I am your Brother in Christ,
Brother Burt

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia Trip – February 2014

By Brother Barak Asbill

As I contemplate the recent events and experiences that I have both witnessed and participated with here in Ethiopia, I will endeavor to convey the intent of the things that have transpired in light of the calling and election that is upon us all.

Perhaps the opportunity to come and experience the environment of the foreign mission field is not suitable for everyone; however, it is certainly something that should be considered before the Lord peradventure He can make a way for one to do so. In this trip, for me at least, I think of it in military terms as an engagement for which I have been deployed. So in that respect I would also liken this deployment as being in enemy territory. As a side note and some food for thought, in reality, there is no place that would not be enemy territory as long as the prince and the power of the air is in the place of dominion. Consequently, as a matter of strategy, it would seem as though this illegitimate authority has a vested interest in making sure that we, as the children of God, stay in our Jerusalem both spiritually as well as physically in an effort to contain the collateral damage that could occur because of the nature of the word that has been given to us. It has occurred to me that the devil does not have the capacity to rule the world from an omniscient and all-knowing position of authority, so it would be expedient from his perspective that we remain under the principality of which we have been assigned. Moreover, our purpose, as in this case of Ethiopia and as it would in the other places we are also engaged, is not of any other nature than to fight the battle for which we all have been called that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. The same purpose which has first begun in our hearts and now in turn we endeavor to teach others is that together we can be partakers of the divine nature.

Albeit one of the principle things that the devil has used to neutralize the church from becoming effective in operation of this objective is the strategy of religion; consequently, Ethiopia is no less affected. In fact, as it could be said about any other place, there is no shortage of organized Christian churches. Religion abounds complete with the hierarchical structure that holds the sheep in the darkness of denominational deception. For us the antidote to this anti-structure has and is the formable thrust of the fivefold ministry as set forth by the divine order of God. It has been this principle and the willingness on the part of those to commit, not only in substance, but also with their life that has gained significant inroads into Ethiopia. Our time consisted of both tending to what has been established in Addis as it pertains to weekly meetings, one each at Brother Fikre’s and Brother Jemal’s homes, as well as the advancement of our presence into new areas. It is interesting that the task at hand parallels the same of which was requested of Rebecca by Eleazar and that is “to carry water.” Ironically, as it would be, the water supply to the house which serves as our base is at best inconsistent and in short supply. Thus in order to have adequate supply for the daily routine it was necessary to source water from a local well, fill our containers and “carry” in return to our home base. Spiritually speaking the water would be a type of the word of God, and in this case for the distribution and use of it is to the misled sheep of the house of Israel. 

One of the things that is proving to be effective for the investment being made here in Ethiopia is the willingness to be on site for an extended period of time. A visitor’s visa has a maximum limit of 3 months and, as many of you may know, it has been a concerted focus on the part of Brother Burt and Sister Nancy in the last several years to utilize this three month period of time. Along with this pattern, and proving to be as equally effective, is the plurality individuals that also are able to participate and contribute as part of the team for this concerted effort to push this word of the kingdom into the dark corners of Africa. In this case to accompany Brother Burt and Sister Nancy there was a good rotation of brethren starting with Martin and Kveta Hloska, myself, Martin Kluson, Oliver Capcik as well as Tomas Brchan who is coming later in March. This kind of rotation proves to be very beneficial and productive both on a personal level as well in the collective as our time spent here is not only in word but also by demonstration.

Perhaps one of the highlights that come along with being in the field of harvest is the continued opportunities to advance into new areas. This time it was our scheduled visit to Nazeret which is about a three hour drive by car plus or minus the additional time to get through Addis traffic. Here we had a weekend of meetings separated into two phases. The first was with the organized church and the second with university/college students. If there is one thing that is consistent about being here in Ethiopia, it would be the religious stronghold and its operation in the organized church. Also as equally true is the spiritual opposition to this word we bring. As a guest we come in for the opportunity to share the word which means waiting through the order of the service. It is here that the battle lines are draw. I am remembering the story of Samson when the Philistines shouted because of their perceived capture of him and in reply it is recorded that the spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and with the jawbone of an ass wrought a great deliverance. I say this because it is in the realm of music that the enemy of the church tries to set the course of the meeting. The cultural rhythm and style complete with drums is so much intertwined in the organized church that it quells the discernment to realize that there is another form, a true form, of praise and worship that can lift the people of God up. Initially for us the strategy to gain the upper hand for delivery of the word was to fight fire with fire so to speak. Therefore as a guest, and when time was given to us, the wisdom of God, our strategy if you will, became to “send Judah first.” Here we are grateful for the operation of the gifts dispersed among us. Brother Oliver, along with Sister Kveta and Sister Nancy sang one of the songs of Zion:

He is Lord. He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.

I can tell you of a truth it was the power of God at that given moment not only to counter, but to breech the strength of the spiritual darkness and create an opening for the prophetic ministration of the word. The supply of heaven came and meeting after meeting there was much washing of the water by the word so that by the end of the first phase, there was a genuine response to the alter call for those that wanted a deeper, personal relationship with the Lord. As we walked away that night after the last meeting, even the tenor of the music had changed as soft gentle notes of the presence of God could be heard outside on the street. For us it was a very sweet sound indeed and we knew that the wrestling match for the life of the sheep had been won. The second half of our visit here now consisted of scheduled meetings with college/university student. The tenor of this time was much different to the former wherein the platform was geared to teaching and instruction. The subject matter and the foundation for which we build is of course based on the teachings on the Tabernacle. It proved to be a very profitable time both in the washing of the water by the word and in fellowship. Like sowers that scatter their seed over that ground we know likewise that there was the spiritual counterpart of seed sown in the lives and hearts of those who were present. As we rounded up the weekend and were driving back to Addis and our home base, we all were grateful for the opportunity to participate and be actively engaged and resting in the fact that God:

  1. is Lord of the harvest and
  2. is the One who gives the increase.

Upon arrival it was once again time to “carry water” for the public water supply had not been turned on during our absence as we had hoped. So off to the well we go with our vessels in hand utilizing our modern day camel, the rented van. There are many more things I could speak of but as a small peek into the activity of our time, I will leave this for now. All in all, as it is designed to do, the nature of this word coupled with the experiences of being in the mission field can be life changing for all those involved. As I return to my place of dwelling, I am grateful for the opportunity and secondly, as a member of the true church, the necessity to carry water in response to the calling and election that is upon our lives.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

Update from Ethiopia – NGO

By Sister Nancy Asbill

To start my report on the Ethiopian NGO, I would like to say what a privilege it is for me to be able to meet the mothers and children and have a little part in this program.

NGO Brothers 1Bro. Jemal and Bro. Fikre have had a big job of learning the “ropes” of establishing and managing such an undertaking. Since the NGO began the first part of January there has been much to do. One of the biggest tasks was deciding who would qualify for the program. The government upon approval of the NGO determines in what part of town you can help widows and orphans, so Bro. Jemal and Bro. Fikre began to look in Kotebe Woreda 11 for those most needy. There are so many needs everywhere that much prayer and thought went into their choices. Presently, there has been a small office rented in a secure compound in the Kotebe area. This is quite exciting as it allows the NGO to have a central location for the work in the area designated by the government. The office is unfurnished so we are praying to be able to find the furnishings it needs.

NGO Brothers 2Since the program is new and the staff is small, the decision was made to start the program with twelve children. The children are from very poor families and in this case single mothers. The children are provided with schooling and the required books, plus extra classes called tutorial classes to help them advance in their studies. The tutorial classes are for the furtherance of learning English and math and are after their primary schooling Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The children and mothers are also given every three months a supply of food staples as well as soap and basic hygiene products. On a monthly basis the mothers receive teaching on hygiene and how to properly help their children in their daily needs.

ChildrenOur first opportunity to meet the children and mothers was on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. I was not sure what to expect, but thought I would bring some flannel graph Bible stories. It turned out to be a blessing for us all. We were able to share “Hope” talking about David and how because his heart wanted to know God, God moved in so many ways and no “Lion” or “Bear” could harm him. We sang the song “If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap your hands”. It was a very lovely time sharing the Love of Jesus.

How do you describe “poverty”? It has many faces. Of course the obvious one is no food or shelter and such. But look at the poverty in this world of a lack of relationship with the living God. These children have lived from being a small baby to their ages now with not knowing anything else than very little food, to not having a bed to call their own or a special pair of shoes or clothes. You would think they would be quite downcast and sullen, but it is quite the opposite. When the children came into the room we were in, they greeted us with smiles and a hand shake. The mothers were very pleasant as well. There was for the most part sweetness about them. After the first meeting the children went out to play. One little boy was running as boys do, even though his shoes did not fit. He was not complaining but going about with his running the best he could. How can I ever complain when I have so much!!

Our next meeting, we had the Hloskas and Barak with us. We sang our “happy” song again and spoke with the mothers for a bit before passing out the notebooks and colored pencils the Hloskas brought as well as the toothbrushes and toothpaste from Sister Terry. The children and mothers were very happy to receive the gifts. The children later showed us some very good pictures they drew.

Kveta and I, as a willing helper, worked with the ladies on some basic sewing skills. Kveta was a very good teacher and patiently went around the room helping each lady learn the skill of a needle and thread. You see, many of these ladies have not had any formal schooling. To sign their name might be just a scratch. Many of them have some very low paying jobs, if they have a job. Our desire is to see them learn some skills so as to better their living situations for them and their children.

TsegaI would like to describe for you the children, if I may, by starting with Tsega. He is a typical little boy with lots of energy and a big smile.

SisayThen there is Sisay Degefaw. He is quiet, but I am sure that is just because we are new to him. He says he likes football (that is soccer to us). He did give us a big smile.

HaileHaile Mariam likes to play with toys, and seems to be a happy little fella. Their toys might be a rock or a deflated ball that they happily toss around.

ErdatuErdatu Tadesse runs up to you with a big hug and smile. He has a little sister that is learning to walk and follows behind. He tells us he likes to draw.

Haile GebreilHaile Gebreil is a happy young boy that likes football and drawing. His mother seems to be a bit shy but caught on quite quickly to the sewing.

HiwotHiwot Wube is a little lady with quite a frown at first, but give her a few minutes and the smiles will come. Her mother has the same look but soon her face beams with a warm smile. Hiwot says she like to play hopscotch and jump rope.

MarkosMarkos is another sweet boy that likes soccer and running. His mother also has such sweetness about her.

BleanBlean Matias is a little girl that likes to sing. I cannot emphasis enough – even though these children have so little, they act like they have so much!

TesfayeTesfaye Alemu says he likes singing and reading. Our hope is that he will be such a good reader that he can help others learn to read as well.

DagmawitDagmawit Sisay is a very bright and cheerful young lady that speaks quite good English. She also likes reading and is quite a good drawer too. Her mother knows Jesus as her Savior as well as Dagmawit which explains their smiles.

SamerawitSamerawit is a pretty little girl with quite a bit of spunk. She says she likes soccer and playing with cars. Her pretty dress says a doll would be a good toy.

MulugetaMulugeta Arage is a boy that likes running and yes, soccer, the Ethiopian favorite sport. He says he likes to sing too. He has that very precious sweet smile that seems he learned from his mom.

The NGO is providing hope for these families. As the program progresses, the mothers can learn a trade and one day be able to be more self-sufficient so they can move on and others can be helped as well. The plan at this time is to have the mothers attend classes on sewing or attend beautician school at one of the local night classes.

We thank the Lord for this wonderful opportunity to help this community, but most of all to spread the good news of Jesus and his Love for them. It has been marvelous to watch as God has led us step by step and given the NGO favor to be approved. It is a blessing to see it now working. Glory to the King of Kings!!

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Ethiopia

 

The African Chronicles – The Ethiopian Insider Report

Beloved of God and Called According to His Purposes,

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together; For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:17-18

It is really a matter of perspective. What I mean is, the place from which you are viewing something will determine what it is that you will think about it and what you will do concerning it and where it is that you will wind up at the end of the day because of it. It is not a matter of whether we believe in the reality of Eternity; it is a matter of whether or not we see Eternity, not as a destiny, but rather as a nature, a state of being. The concept of heaven as being a place that is a far off is a lie. It is a deception that the devil has perpetrated against the church; an erroneous doctrine that the Outer Court as well as the Holy Place church has so eagerly embraced and has swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Eternity is not something that is outside of you, it is something that is inside of you by the virtue of being born again. John 1:13, Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of (the will of) God. It is not as though there is a God that lives in a place that is called eternity; it is that God is Eternity and Eternity IS because God IS (Exodus 3:14, I AM THAT I AM.) I like the way the Amplified renders this particular verse, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE). There is again the word spoken to John in John 1:3, All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. So Eternity is not a place or a thing, it is the essence of a Being that emanates from that origin that is called by Himself “I AM THAT I AM.” How could it otherwise be when Jesus said of Himself in John 10:27, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal (Eternity) life; and they shall never (Eternity) perishSo as was spoken to Mary concerning the fact of God’s overshadowing her and what the results would be, so is it also apropos of what it is that happens when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. Luke 1:31, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, [Mark 1:8, I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.] and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee [Psalm 91:1, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.] therefore also that holy thing [1 John 3:2, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.] which shall be born [John 1:13, Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.] of thee shall be called the Son of God [1 Corinthians 15:49, And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.].

We are continuing to press the battle to the gate here in Ethiopia for we believe that there is an anointing and the evidence of that anointing is being manifested in the lives of the people that are hearing this Word of Sonship. The message of the coming of the Kingdom of God within the soul of man is touching them in an irrevocable manner. 

Brother Tomas Brchan and his wife, Magdalena, as well as their little daughter, Ruth (a cutie by the way), live in the village of Stritez, located in Moravia, Czech Republic. They have traveled here to Ethiopia to labor with us as well as Brother Martin Hloska, one of the elders from the fellowship in Prague. Thank you so much, Kveta, as well as your children for allowing us to have the honor of your husband’s presence for the sake of this work. Your sacrifice and offering will be honored by the Lord, I can assure you. I have to say unequivocally they were all a blessing and have done much to build the Kingdom of God here in Ethiopia. We were most privileged as well as blessed to have them as part of our household and as essential members of the ministry team.

I am quite sure that they also will be making reports as to their visit and how it is that the Lord has touched them for they have expressed their excitement concerning the moving of the Holy Spirit here in Ethiopia. There seems to be a never-ending provision of doors that the LORD is opening to us. With each day there are divine appointments and more doors of opportunity to share this Gospel of the Sonship both here and in other areas of Ethiopia. So many doors are opening that it is a bit overwhelming; I find myself wondering how it is that we will be able to facilitate the will of God in it.

With respect to this thought there was a vision that came to me as I was in prayer with the ministry team. In closing, I would like to share with you this particular chapter of our time spent in Ethiopia. In the vision, I was a part of a team that had been involved in a very big project of finding and excavating for a hidden well that had been buried by and covered over with much earth, both inadvertently as well as deliberately. In the beginning of the project there was a very big hole that had been dug which was very wide and very deep and it had required some heavy duty excavating equipment. At the bottom of the hole we found what we believed to be the well that we were looking for. In the center of the hole we had uncovered huge pieces of concrete slabs that had been manufactured by someone and placed upon the well in somewhat the shape of a pyramid. We were all very excited for we knew that we had found what it was that we were looking for. We began to disassemble the pyramid from the top down. It was hard and very tough work, and because of the weight of the pieces, almost impossible to move. Nevertheless, we were determined to move them. One by one we moved the various stones of various sizes each bigger and heavier than the last, until we were almost exhausted from the effort. The combination of the heat, the dirt, the weight and energy required was almost more than what we could supply. We had finally come to the last slab of stone; it was huge and it looked impossible to move but we decided to make one more effort. We all lined up on one side of the stone and in unison with each other we put all of our strength into the lifting of that slab. As we did the stone began to lift and as it lifted water began to come out from underneath. When we saw the water it energized us so that we were able to shout and heave in unison. The slab lifted to a 45 degree angle, and a huge stream of water shot up from the mouth of the well to hit the bottom of the slab and shot it into the air. The water shot up into the air above us to the height of about 15 to 30 feet and then it began to rain down upon us, as water might pour out on you as if you were at the bottom of a huge waterfall. We began to sing and dance in the Lord, hugging one another and just praising the name of God for we had found the well of His excellent goodness. End of Vision.

I will let the vision speak for itself.

By the Will of the Father and in His service,
Brother Burt & Sister Nancy

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia and the Fields of Harvest

Written by Barak Asbill

Let me start by saying how good it is to be back here in Ethiopia! We are very grateful for the opportunities to be able to come and spend what turns out to be too short of a time before it is time to leave again. On this trip it is particularly exciting to be able to bring our oldest daughter along for the experience of what it is like to be on the mission field. It seems as though it is but a few moments and our children are grown up and on their own; so when the opportunity presented itself, we knew that this would be a chance in a lifetime for Johanna. In no time at all she, along with the rest of us, soon experienced what it means to be on the mission field as the doors continue to open as many that we come in contact with are touched by the word that we bring. 

There is a picture that I can equate the mission field to and it is the vast fields of grain which are grown in the Midwestern region of the United States. There is a stage in the growing season when the wheat turns to a golden yellow color indicating that harvest is near. “Amber waves of grain” is the expression that we hear used in reference to this sight for as the wind blows, it looks just like the waves of the sea. It is an experience worth remembering if you ever have a chance to see such a sight. On the same token I can find a parallel with this and the on-going work and labor here in Ethiopia. Consequently the experience of being here is like standing in the midst of one of those wheat fields, arms outstretched, running the palm of your hands across the top of the heads of grain and marveling at the design, form and purpose of the tiny seed that has multiplied into so many now ready to be harvested. On this trip there were no shortages of opportunities for testing the readiness of the harvest.

Our trip began on Saturday, May 24th, arriving in Addis Ababa to our welcoming party of brothers Burt, Fikre, and Jemal. It was very nice to get off the plane after nearly 35 hours travel time (it was a long layover in Paris). Over the next few days we had three different meetings in three different places. It is interesting to note that these are often specific appointments that the Lord provides as it is to accomplish two things: One, the exercising of our faith with respect to the purpose for which we are here and two, to all His people who call upon His name He has a responsibility to bring them a greater understanding of the Word as it pertains to the gospel of the kingdom. For both it becomes an opportunity to choose. These three meetings proved to be very good and a blessed time.

The next phase of our time was returning to Gondar; this time with the intended purpose of a longer stay so as to spend more time together with those we would meet. The time spent here proved to be more successful than I think anybody anticipated. We arrived in Gondar on a Wednesday with the first meeting that night, followed by two more on Thursday, one each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to return back to Addis on that Monday. It proved to be a very blessed time in the Lord as we were able to break the bread of life and get into some of the principles of the kingdom of God. It is very much like the parable of the sower in the aspect that there are those that have the good ground that are truly touched by the word. I think of one meeting in particular the word was going forth and touching on the aspect of handling the word like how Gideon’s three hundred handled the drinking of the water. This was followed by some prophetic administration to two people, a woman and a young man. There is a curious thought that comes to me as I am writing about this and that is the situations in the Bible when Jesus would only touch one or two in the crowd of so many as opposed to the times He would heal them all. We marvel at how sovereign our God is in the affairs of His people. As it turns out this young man was our taxi driver who, as a Christian was so extremely blessed and thankful by this divine touch of God. Consequently he happily became our taxi driver for the rest of our stay in Gondar. It is just marvelous to see the prophetic operation move so specifically touching these individuals in such detail of their lives and of the hope and plan of God. In addition to special moments like these, there are other doors opening up in Gondar, particularly with the university students that we have come into contact with. Some of them are graduating students who will be going back to their respective home areas in the different parts of Ethiopia and they have expressed the interest in further contact with respect to these areas. There were three in particular that were most interested at the prospect of this word being spread to other parts of Ethiopia. As you can imagine the potential that is represented by these possible opportunities would really expedite the thrust of the labor and work here in Ethiopia.

Upon returning to Addis from Gondar it was a week of catching up in the various things that are pertinent to living on the road, things such as laundry, as well as the weekday meetings, one at Salem Children’s Village and one at brother Jemal’s house. Let me just note that since the washing machine is broken (it has spun its last whirl), laundry has to be done by hand. Fortunately there is a place in the backyard that gives us the availability to do just that. So it is a process of washing in one tub, rinsing in another, and a finally rinse in another. The good news is that once on the line it doesn’t take long for the clothes to dry. So we manage and push on thanking the Lord for His goodness and mercy.

Perhaps the highlight for me thus far has been the trip to Kampala, Uganda. Following this week of coming back from Gondar, we were now off to sister Biri’s who is stationed there working for the UN. It proved to be a tremendous time of fellowship and breaking the bread with the saints of God. I do believe that Uganda would be the next target along with Ethiopia for some serious investment as far as ministry goes. Brother Ronald, also working for the UN, along with his wife, Margret, came over from the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) as well as several others plus there was a local contingent of brethren. The icing on the cake is the testimony that we all share in is that of sister Felicia. Felicia is originally a contact though sister Biri and subsequently brought to the knowledge of this word. She works for the UN and is stationed in the DRC. It was her desire to be able to come to this weekend gathering of saints but also, principally, it was in her heart to be baptized. At first her supervisor was not going to give the time needed to be able to come. Once we heard about this, we began to pray that the Lord would make a way for her. God answers prayer! Consequently, brother Ronald and I, along with sister Biri and brother Burt as witnesses, baptized her in Lake Victoria on the morning of the last day of meetings there. It was a glorious moment, again another move by the spirit that brings confirmation to the word that we are bringing.

As we are winding down the last few days here before we have to leave to go back for the States, we are very much encouraged by the things that the Lord is doing both here and in our lives. Our outgoing is with a measure of sadness as the time allotted is already gone. But we do take comfort that in the wake of our absence, the incoming brethren, Tomas Brchan and Martin Hloska can pick up where we have left off and help strengthen the work here in Ethiopia as well as the commitment of brother Burt and sister Nancy.

We genuinely appreciate all of your prayers and “keeping the lines of support open” to those who are on the forefront of this endeavor to Ethiopia at this time. As we work hand in hand, we all become partakers of the fruit, the blessing that comes forth.

May God bless you!
Barak Asbill

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Ethiopia