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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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African Adventure – Phase 2 (March 2012)

Dearly Beloved,

I am finding that the scripture found in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, is very apropos to my life and living as things have become much different and more difficult for me than they have been in the past. I suppose it is the revelation of the scripture in II Corinthians 4:7, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels… how would I apply that in my situation? Well, for one, I am much older and see death in the physical sense becoming more evident in its working in me …that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. I feel the energy level that once was so seemingly inexhaustible, now being depleted and the time-frame needed to recharge is becoming longer and it never actually comes back to its original state. Much like the battery in your cell phone, the more you use it, the less of it there is available in the charge; …cast down, but not destroyed. Not to mention that as my body seemingly reaches that critical state of changelessness; it begins to shut down non-essential systems in order to maintain some spark. I am finding myself in situations and circumstances involving the Church and the state of people’s lives and living conditions that create a stress level for me beyond my ability to cope with it; troubled on every side. I trust that in the course of time the rest of that scripture will also be true, as well as evident; …yet not distressed. I am finding that it is much harder to maintain my focus on the primary objective in the midst of the demands and turmoil that are all around me and in me; …perplexed. I awoke the other day with the song resonating in my soul, “Lord, give me the strength I need that I may overcome.” In the context of this thought, that the rest of that verse will be a visible reality of my being; …but not in despair. My current state of life affairs is something that I am beginning to look at from a different perspective, not something to be upset over, or for that matter, something to fight against or resent. It is more in the realization that I am in need of a deeper, more intimate and personal relationship with the source of Life, the living water, and the source of resurrection power. I am finding that my heart, my cry, my burden, my perspective must be the same as that word that was spoken by Paul in Romans 7:24, O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. As I am meditating upon this thought, I am beginning to wonder how the revelation that God has given me on LIGHT and darkness can be applied; it would seem to me that there is something of an authority in it that has to be applied to this situation. I will leave it here for your thoughts and meditation on the subject.

Nairobi Intl AP-2012-03-19In my last visit with you I was in the Nairobi Airport Lounge which, by the way, had just undergone a major remodeling. It was done quite well I have to say. I was very appreciative for the changes as it made my very long layover there, eleven hours, much more bearable. I had also said that up to that point travel had gone pretty smoothly, which was very true. But I should learn not to be presumptuous in my thinking about the environment in which I am when it is not under my control, especially if I have not reached the end of my journey. Well, as it turned out, we boarded as scheduled and were all set to taxi when we noticed that there was a mechanic who kept climbing up on the wing to check something out. The end result was that they deplaned us and told us that we would have to fly on another airplane. Praise God, three hours later, which was now 9 PM; we were taken to another plane and boarded and managed to fly. One could be upset over the time factor for, at this point; I had already been traveling for almost 48 hours. But I am not opposed to God saving my life. PTL! I arrived in Entebbe without any further difficulty; managed to get through customs without problems, and PTL my luggage all arrived intact. There were two brothers there from a fellowship here in Kampala, who graciously transported me to Sister Biri’s place. It was a welcome sight for me and as I settled down in my bed at 2 AM after a very nice, warm shower, my last parting thought was that the “mercies of God are new every morning.”

Wednesday, March 22, 2012, 6 AM

ARISE (from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life)! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)

Hotel Room Kiboga Uganda 2012-03-25I have to say that I like Uganda. There is a sense in the spirit that I have concerning it that suggests the favor of God toward the country and its people. There is the possibility of something to be established here and used for the advancement of the Gospel in this part of East Africa. There are many impressions that come, and it is hard sometimes to determine the order or sequence of them and just what it is that God is saying, but it is very clear to me the sense in the Spirit and the desire of God for this place. There has been much blood shed in this country, for it has a history of blood and death, and much of it innocent blood. It has, I am told, one of the largest populations of orphaned children and one of the major contributors to it is AIDS and the HIV virus. It would seem that there is much here that we as a people of God are becoming responsible for. James 4:17, Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. I trust that you will not misunderstand my thinking, for what we are involved with and what it is that we do, it must be done in the context of the environment of the apostolic word that we have received and the charge of urgency that is upon it for this hour that we live in.

The plan for the day was that I would be traveling with Brother Wilson and his wife (they are the contacts that we have for Uganda) to a place that was about 2 ½ hours northeast of Kampala to two small villages; one is called Luamata Village and the other is called Mtwetwe Village. It would be there that I would join up with Brother Ebere and Brother Chijioke who had arrived 2 days before me.  When we arrived there, the brothers had switched hotels to one that was called the Gracious Hotel; after seeing the one that they were in previously, I have to say I was quite glad for the change. The accommodations were pleasant although I had no hot water; but it was water for which I was very grateful. I hope that you do not think that I am complaining, but rather I want those of you who wish to come to know that the environment is not always going to be what you are used to.

We arrived in Jiboga town early enough that we were able to travel with the brothers to the village of Mtwetwe Village. The building was quite simple but adequate for the purpose that it was being used for and it was packed with people. The meeting for that day would go from 10 AM in the morning to 5 PM that evening and we would have another full day of meetings on tomorrow. There were three of us that would be sharing the word. There was myself, Brother Chijioke, and Brother Ebere. It was determined that I would go first. Next we would have a short break after the second meeting and then we would be served dinner after the last meeting of the day. I have to say that it was a very, very good day. There are many people here who seem to be quite hungry for the Word of God and for something more of the reality of God and the thing that He desires to do with a people who will submit themselves to the process. I was a bit surprised at the action of the “pastors” as many of them seem to be genuinely interested in what we are bringing. It seems that, at this time, they are willing to try and work out the mechanics of what it will take for the change from church to body to happen. It will be interesting to see what happens.

On Thursday we changed the meeting venue; instead of traveling to Mtwetwe Village, we would now be meeting at the site of an orphanage in the Luamata Village area. As I have mentioned to you before, the country has a huge number of orphans. I was told that 50% of the population is under 15 years of age. Is it any wonder that God would bring this message to this land? There are a number of scripture verses that come to us when we begin to think about God’s thoughts and the intent of His heart when it involves children, and it would seem to me that He takes their lives and their future quite seriously; I believe that we should also. We would have meetings there all day Thursday and Friday, and then travel back to Kampala that evening. The meeting went very well, although the environment of the place was a bit stiff and a bit harder to break through. It was a meeting primarily for the benefit of the leaders of the church (the pastors) of that area and the surrounding villages. The message was quite clear and the word “come out of her, My people, and touch not the unclean thing” was very strong. There was also a word on Babylon and the robbing of God in the affections of the people. There was a question and answer time as well as a time for different ones to respond. At the end of the day, concerning this excursion into the countryside of Uganda, I believe it went very well. It will be interesting to see what will have developed when we return.

I think that I have given you enough for now. There is much that can be said and more that I will be able to share with you as time and energy permits. We very much appreciate all of your prayers and supplication; without your participation this effort would a quite impossible. Please continue in your labor of love toward us and the people to whom we have been sent.

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

Bro Burt

Brother Burt Asbill
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Africa

 

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