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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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The African Chronicles: The Ethiopian Adventure

Dear Brethren,

Good afternoon and God bless you!

We have been here in Ethiopia now for approximately nine days and the experiences of getting adjusted mentally, emotionally, and physically have been many and have varied in intensities, as well in the aspect of stress that it applies to one’s soul.  There is something about the thought of coming to a place for one to two weeks and the fact of staying for two months that is different.  It seems strange I suppose, but there is something about it that one has to deal with in the coming.  I have to say that this has been both a learning and an overcoming experience for which Nancy and I rejoice; we are praising God for His strength and vitality that He is giving to us every day.  The Bible says “His mercies are new every morning” and we are finding that it is necessary to appropriate that portion given for that day early on.

I would like to share with you some of the experiences that we have been having and I trust that you will not think that I am being negative. Paul shared many of his adventures, not to tell us what a hard time he had or what a great man of God that he was, but it was for the fact of sharing the goodness and the greatness of the God for whom he labored. So also is it my desire that in sharing it might encourage others to reach beyond their limits to touch the hand of a Living God.

I think it best to relay to you from the beginning, for that is where every good story begins.  Usually when we pack to travel it is no big thing as we take the minimum of things that we would use and know that for the amount of time required it would be sufficient. But going for two months is something of a different story.  It is a little bit like moving.  Did you know that there are so many little things that we do every day that we take for granted or don’t even think about?  There are simple things like wash cloths. How many of you have given any thought to a wash cloth or a dish washing cloth? How about a hanger? How many of us think they are important enough to think about? As for me, if I think about them at all, it is because there are too many of them cluttering up my closet. Or for that matter, have you ever thought about a place or something to hang them on; these are all little things until you have need of them and you do not have them, and it is not a simple thing to get them. Then there are the little things that we do like going to the store, turning on the lights and having them work, having water that is good to drink or having any water at all.  These are things that one can endure and bear with for a short period of time because of the thought that one will be leaving soon for a better environment. However, it becomes a different story when you go for an extended stay.  I just might add here also, and I think if they are honest, those of us who have traveled, especially to Africa, given the fragility and lack of honesty of these governments, one would also be somewhat concerned about the instability of the political and economic environment, not to mention that we are preaching the coming of Jesus Christ in the midst of global collapse and WW3. My question to you is, where will you be when it happens, and when it happens, how much of a reality of God will you have gotten in the time of the buying of the oil?

To say that this has been, is, and shall continue to be an amazing adventure is a gross understatement. The harder the devil hits us the more convinced we are of being in the will of God and that there is something we have that the devil does not want us to give to this people. We recently received a prophetic word concerning this journey and it was extremely encouraging. It was quite apropos to our set of circumstances concerning our stay in Ethiopia.  Within just a few days of our stay here, it became evident that we were experiencing some plumbing problems. The first sign was in the kitchen; it started with a few drops and then turned into a stream and then it became a shower. As you can see the band aid method is at best only temporary, but considering the limited amount of resources available to us at the time, it was the best that I could do and it really did not last too long. The next problem that we began to notice was that the water was running out from under the tub. We didn’t think too much about it because we figured that it was the over splashing from the water from the shower. Oh were we wrong! In a very short time the tub stopped draining and when we tried to apply the simple action of plunging it, boy, that was a mistake! It began to spew out dirt and sand from the drain into the tub. After two hours plus of trying to get it to work we were forced to cry for help. My, were we surprised!  What was perceived to be a simple project with a simple solution, we discovered it to be far more encompassing and complex. Is not that just like us and the little things that we do the same as I was talking about earlier?  It does not look so bad from the outward impression, and it seemingly is doing the job when all of sudden something stops working. It at first seems so simple, but as the Holy Spirit begins to investigate and pry into it becomes quite a bit more complicated and extensive as well as expensive and often times as not, interferes with our ambition and plans. The truth of the matter is that unless you are willing to dig down into the depth of it, no matter what fix you apply to it, it will only be temporary and the problem will never go away and will always come back worse than it was before.

Well, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! I have to say that there was, I thought, enough on my plate that would keep me repenting for the next decade, but you know what they say?  When it rains, it pours, and the saga continues!

May God’s Blessing & Favor be with you always,

Bro Burt & Sis Nancy

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Ethiopia

 

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Ethiopia – Synagogue Report – June 2010

Dearly Beloved Brethren,

The meeting that we had in the synagogue was absolutely a high point, not only to this visit, but also of my life; that God would consider me worthy to be here in this place with this people is extremely humbling. I could sense, as it were, the expectation of the heavenly host and I know that Brother duCille would have been most blessed to have been there in the physical sense. As I think back upon it, the Apostle Paul’s desire for the Jewish people to hear this word and be converted was also a contributing factor, for he expressed his desire for Israel in Romans 9:3, For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh. I am confident that he also was present for this particular event. When we walked into the place you could feel the presence of God and His expectation. It was such a marvelous and humbling experience for me personally that God would give to me this opportunity to share this word of sonship, this word of the Kingdom; this particular word of “death to self” that is so appropriate to this particular people. It was not me, I was just a representative, an ambassador for all of the people of God that were fasting and praying. I could sense your presence and the presence of the congregation of the saints of God that have gone on before us as we began to share the word and break the bread of life. There were many within that congregation that were touched by the spirit of God – many sat with their mouths open like little birds waiting to be fed. The leader of the congregation was visibly moved and could not stop saying how much he was blessed and that he wanted to keep in touch with me and to have us back again for a longer length of time. I had met this man on my previous visit here and, at that time, when I gave him a copy of The Pattern, I had told him that when he had finished reading it, he would either love me or hate me. He told me that he could not put it down and that he was extremely blessed by it and that he wanted more. It is definitely a contact that I want to keep and it is definitely a work that I recommend that we give support to. It will show our willingness to help and help to keep the door open. There is a community of Messianic Jews of about 60,000; it is a tremendous opportunity to bring this Gospel of sonship to them as well as to Ethiopia.

Dear precious and most beloved brethren, my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of you for the support, the strength, and the encouragement that you have given for the work of God and His servants. It is most humbling and gracious and kind.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brother Burt Asbill

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Africa

 

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Ethiopia – Report #2 by Brother Thomas Brchan – June 2011

I greet you my fellow he warriors and she warriors,

From the very beginning I felt that this mission would be more for my sake than about any “great” job. I feel like a spy in enemy territory who detects how things are. I will try to transfer into words what I have experienced here. What you can see on the photos is just the outer shell or the surface. Yet there are things that I did not dare to take a picture of. It made no sense to do it, nor would my heart allow me to do it; I do not have a taste to put it into words.

There is a lot of spiritual activity which manifests itself physically much more than at home in the Czech Republic, or perhaps we simply do not see it there because we have gotten used to it. Disco under the windows in the city center is probably an ordinary matter, but when somebody all night long (disco already ended) cried out until dawn, or in other words sang “Prayer” to his deity, it is not usual for us. If somebody will try to listen this “singing,” he will not understand the words. Sometimes it seems to sound like a telegraph (ta-ta-tá-tá-ta-ta-ta…) or slowed-down modem (tri-dí-tá-tá-du-ta-dá-tí-trá-tá).

When we struggled last year during childbirth for the life of my wife Magda and our son Simon, I got a special understanding of how the spiritual powers work. The devil and his servants are not omnipresent; they are strongly bound to the locations, circumstances, and above all, to the people. With this restriction and limitation, they can not even communicate directly with each other, but they need a channel for it – the human mediator. This is why the governments of this world are trying today to get from us and about us the most accessible information the best and fastest way as possible. They assemble together different institutions into one and this way they have the information at hand, not only about where we live, where we work, etc., but even about our health, financial situation, who called whom and when, etc. And if this was not enough, we ourselves in our naivety freely give information about ourselves and others which is available on the Internet, website, Facebook, etc. These are all things that the devil may use against us sooner or later.

Here in Ethiopia it seems that this communication also works in other ways. Satan uses his human servants to pass on the coded information to the other spirits who work in the area. It seems to me so. All the “ridiculous” shouting into an amplifier has a very spiritual background. I believe that God begins to call us to keep the night prayer guard and to stand against these spirits who work and affect the human mind in the subconscious through the sowing of dreams, nightmares, terrors, etc.

Today we went with one brother not so far from the town to visit a small congregation of about 20 people, children included. The brother took us there by local transport so we went about a mile across town to the bus station, and when the bus was fully loaded we went to the suburb of the city and then we walked on the dusty (muddy on the way back) and stony road which was about a mile to the meeting place. On a rocky road like this it is the most effective and even the fastest to go by horse or donkey. A car has little chance. I felt like I was in another world. I imagined that it was exactly on such roads that Jesus walked 2000 years ago. We came into a small meeting where we prayed for people who some of them have gone through hell in their life. Various rituals which are full of violence, rape, and blood shed are common issues here. In our country these things happen, too, but in secret. Here it really intensifies. I’ve prayed much and thought about what Jesus would do in such situations. Even in His time there were many sick, blind, lame, lepers, possessed, beggars, etc. He also passed by them and many times he did not respond. The blind had to shout at Him and press forward to get to Him to receive deliverance, otherwise Jesus would left him blind. And at other times, Jesus did completely the opposite way. Without complete subjection to the Spirit of God, it is really impossible to make it.

What fascinated me about all this today was that somehow my eyes have been open and I began to see the spiritual activity around us. People perform violence, murder, and hatred. It was so strong that I had to stop to think about it that it would have no evil impact on my soul. I do not understand at all how Jesus was able to walk among the people and see all their hidden thoughts, the hell that was all around Him. His way of thinking and His attitude had to be so perfectly pure and holy that it had no effect (defect) to His soul. I realized how I am low and how I need to be able to bear these things and still remain clean.

We live in the hostel for missionaries, so during breakfast we meet more or less interesting people. Most of them have not nearly the knowledge that we have received by grace, but despite this, some of them are so far before us and they have set the standard higher which we will be judged by. There are people who have left their comfort to walk among the children who are alone or who would otherwise have to go into prison. They have a strange law here that when a woman goes to jail, her children 16 years and under have to go with her! It is quite obvious what will then become of those children. The others are trying to get into the places where tourists do not get at all; they must go there by helicopter. They are trying to understand the local language and provide them at least part of the Bible in their native language. Sometimes they were attacked or injured. When in one such place this one brother made his notes and the children there wondered that the little stick left behind it some marks. They had never seen a paper and pen. These people put the standard very high for us!

I pray that God raised us and that we finally started to walk in what we are called for. I realized how far we are from it, and we miss just a little to become reality. If I took from this mission trip just this understanding, it was worth it. I’m halfway in the time here so I believe that God has even more for us. God bless you and thank you very much for your giving of in fasting and prayers. I appreciate it very much.

Brother Thomas

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Africa

 

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Ethiopia – Report #1 by Brother Thomas Brchan – June 2010

Greetings to you my brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am sending my first impressions from Africa.

So far, it looks like nothing much happens; we have prayer meetings and preparations about what will be, where, and how. The first meeting will begin on Saturday in the home church. There should be mainly people who left various large denominations, so it is a chance to bring them an understanding about how they should function as a church according to God’s order, and also that the most important in that functioning is their personal relationship with God for each one of them.    

The airport in Addis Ababa was unexpectedly busy. I was surprised that they did not want to let me go with a camera because it looked too professional. After some persuasion that my camera really is not professional, but belongs to the category of “a little better camera,” and that I am really not a professional photographer, they returned our passports to us. I really did not understand why they did it. I found out later that this country went through the communism, rather the same as us in the Czech Republic, but they did not leave the communism entirely at all. They still have a lot of control mechanisms here by which they try to keep people in subjection and ignorance.

Communism breathes here on you (you can feel it) in every step you make, just by the fact that the most common vehicle here is an old car, LADA, from the era of the Soviet Union. Also, a huge monument with a red star on top speaks for itself. I expected poverty, so I was not surprised by beggars and diverse diseased, lame, and street living people from babies to old men. Nevertheless, you have to steel yourselves against it a little bit. It is something else to know about it and another to see it with your own eyes when you pass by them. It helps me much to know and to have a understanding that it is a spiritual reality and if I would have bestowed all my money to them, I could not rescue them from hell. Let the church rise to a higher level (realm), that we will not be able to help just in specific projects, but mainly throw down the powers of the air that hold mankind in captivity of hell and death. In Ethiopia it is about 40% Muslim. You can see it everywhere. Muslim men with caps (hats) on their heads, but especially the women who are heavily veiled in burkas. Thank God that no one minds when they pass by a woman with an unveiled head and hairstyle; nothing happens. At least they have a freedom in some way. Nevertheless, you can see, but also every evening you can hear how Muslims are fully committed to their religion. We have their prayer place under our windows where they gather every evening for prayers and invocations of the god of violence and death. I was thinking about why we sometimes have such a big problem to be fully devoted to the One we believe in and why they do not have this problem. Only that their god gives them exactly what their body asks, but we are fighting against the lusts of our body. But it is also only excuse, because our God gives us exactly what our soul needs, and if we have tasted His goodness and love, then everything else is just an excuse.

Your brother in Christ,
Thomas

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Africa

 

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