It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my latest adventures and I’ve barely written about the thing that has been keeping me the most busy. I’ve been contemplating for almost a year now traveling with my friend John Gross to Ethiopia to begin the ground work for some strategic missions work there. Our specific goal is to build relationships with believers in Ethiopia and lay the groundwork for an orphanage there. Up until about two months ago it didn’t even seem like I would be able to go on the trip, so talking about it seemed premature. When everything did come together it became obvious that we had to move quickly to get everything done.
So now, in less than three weeks, a team of four of us from our house church along with John, Gizaw, and three others from Kansas City will be venturing to Ethiopia to see what the Lord would do when we show up. We would very much appreciate any prayer support we could get. Also, if you’re heart is moved to give towards the cause, we would love that as well. You can check out more details here if you’d like more information.
Because the time is short, if you decide to pray or give, leave a message in the comment section so I can connect with you somehow. Prayer is especially needed and we are quickly working on an effective way to organize our prayer support. Thanks to all of you who have become an amazing form of support to Christy and I.
We love you.
One of the areas of my life I’ve been a little bit silent about is my involvement with House of Friends. House of Friends is a group of people that was brought together by this guy in January of 2008 in an attempt to launch missions movements all over the earth in the context of orphanages, night and day prayer, and church planting.
Since I’m a huge fan of caring for the poor, touching the nations, night and day prayer and church planting, being involved was real no-brainer for me. I’ve been shocked at what Jesus has allowed us to be part of even though we aren’t very large. This summer I’ll be part of a team going to Ethiopia to scout out some possibilities for more involvement there. (You’ll probably here more about this later.)
Anyways, I’m going to make an effort to provide the cause a little more cover here on the blog, starting with publishing the most recent newsletter. There is actually a little more in-depth article about our time with Gizaw and John Gross which I talked about here and a lot of information about how you can get involved helping widows, orphans, and the lost of the nations. If you’re interest is piqued, you can check out our website here or join our cause on Facebook here.
Check out the newsletter here. I will post more as they become available.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)“
Quick update: Today John, Gizaw, and Kenton from Kansas City shared a day with us here in Iowa. We had been hoping for a few months to draw together some of the main players in our upcoming Ethiopia trip for a time of dialogue, team building, and interaction.
We started out the day with an off the hook word from Gizaw. I had asked Gizaw to speak to us about “what the church in America can learn from the church of Ethiopia” and the Lord and Gizaw did not dissapoint. Then it was off to the Starlite Room for some down home eating and Field of Dreams references, as well as a lot of intentional dialogue about what the trip to Ethiopia will look like both in the short and long term. Then back to our house, where John shared about the vision of House of Friends. He also shared a dream he had last night that was for our house church. Then ensued a time of worship, prophecy, pizza, card games and chick flicks. (Note: not everyone participated in every activity.) Oh, yeah, and Bryan danced a victory dance to Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to give a more detailed report tomorrow.