Did you know that even as a young church we have from day one tried to be generous with our church finances and faithful to the New Testament model of economic inter-connectivity across ethnic, cultural, and geographic boundaries. We do this in part by giving a tithe of our church’s internal financial giving to other mission works. This means that the more you give, the more we are able to give away to others in need. As long-time members will know, our primary international mission partner is the Aids Care & Treatment Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where we have sent spiritual and medical teams for a decade now. Please click through and learn more about this transformative work here. We also just received this update from the director, Andy Warren, and thought we’d share it with you. Pray for the work there and consider whether you might want to personally partner with a family (even perhaps as a small group).
News from the Project
On June 30th we ended a three-year project agreement with the Ethiopian government and we are busy submitting a new agreement. This will be our first project that isn’t under SIM but under our own registration. This is a big step and will help the project in several ways. It will reduce the duplication of some work and ease the burden on the staff. It will save us money. We won’t need to pay admin fees. It will give us more flexibility, especially in areas like setting salaries and benefits for staff and help us to keep our best people.
The political situation in Ethiopia has settled and seems to have gone back to normal. We started hosting medical teams again, and like always they make a big impact on many people. We are running into some obstacles getting credentials for our visiting doctors and would appreciate your prayers for this. The government has expressed appreciation for the work of our medical teams but they are dealing with changing rules and regulations.
For several years we participated in Mission to the World’s child sponsorship program. This has closed, but we have been asked if there is another way to help support the project and connect with the families we serve. Yes! We have launched Family to Family, a way for families in the U.S. to connect with one of our project families. It takes about $55 per month to support a family and if you are interested you can Click the link below and use the password “secret” and select a family. You will receive updates twice a year, letting you know how your family is doing and how you can pray for them. We also wouldn’t object if you wanted to share this with friends, your church, or anyone you think might be interested. Let me share the story of one of our families.
Connect with a family
Workinesh is a single mother. Currently, she lives with her daughter Yordanos in a small rented house in the Suki neighborhood of Addis Ababa. Workinesh moved to Addis to work and continue her education. She was hired to work as housemaid, and attended night classes because she worked during the day. Unfortunately, she was raped by a stranger while returning from school at night.
Workinesh dropped out of school because she was afraid of being raped again. After a few months, she found out that she was pregnant and had also been infected with HIV from the rape. She was left hopeless and greatly depressed at that time. She stopped working and went to live on the street. She then gave birth at a local health center and the health center referred her to ACT because she had nowhere to turn and no one to care for her. Since joining ACT, Workinesh has received medical care, food and house rent subsidy which helped to restore her life. She also received counseling that helped her to heal emotionally and spiritually.
Now, she has hope and better health. She wants to start a small business of street vending to have a better future for herself and Yordanos.
Andy Warren visited Resurrection Park Slope on Sunday, June 18th. Listen to him give an update on his ministry. You may learn more about Ethiopia Act on their website and Resurrection Brooklyn’s partnership with them here.