Dear Family and Friends,
As I reflect on my time here in Ethiopia over these last three months; I can not begin to thank you enough for your prayers. I am continually in awe of God’s grace and mercy and how he works things out for the good of those who love him.
Let me share my daily devotional on intercessory prayer:
The Words and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Intercessory prayer is also a daily service Christians owe to God and one another. Those who deny their neighbors prayers of intercession deny them a service Christians are called to perform. Furthermore, it is clear that intercessory prayer is not something general and vague, but something very concrete. It is interested in specific persons and specific difficulties and therefore specific requests. The more concrete my intercessory prayer becomes the more promising it is…
All this proves that intercessory prayer is a gift of God’s grace for every Christian community and for every Christian. Because God has made us such an immeasurably great offer here, we should accept it joyfully. The very time we give to intercession will turn out to be a daily source of new joy in God and in the Christian congregation.
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23
I want you to know that I thank the Lord for all of you and I will continue to lift you up to the Lord. asking him to richly bless you for interceding on behalf of his little ones at EGCH, the Ayeles, and myself.
A few of my prayer requests:
Continue to pray for Ruth, the new girl who is deaf and mute. Her mastoid infection seems to be much better and she is smiling again, but she will only eat plain bread. She refuses all other food, and for obvious reasons this must change. Also, that we may find a most excellent way to show her the love of Christ. She struggles socially with the children and respecting others.
Pray for little Mekdes, the smallest of the twins. She is in the hospital with pneumonia. She can not afford to lose any more weight and is not strong enough to handle much of anything.
Pray for Lantu, that we can determine what medical care will best treat her fragile heart condition. Ask God to give clarity in providing a course of treatment - the type of surgery, the best surgeon, the financial provisions needed, and his perfect timing.
Pray for protection over the mango fly situation. Two of the mommas, Beti and myself have all experienced the unpleasantness of their larvae in us within the last 2 weeks. Praise the Lord no one has developed an infection yet. I still have several tiny bumps on my wrists that will not disappear, so I humbly ask that they will “get on out of there”.
Pray for wisdom on what to do about my visa. It will expire the end of July and I would really like to stay until the end of September, Lord willing.
Praise the Lord for how he has provided for the financial needs of EGCH thus far and allow us to trust Him with confidence that His future provisions will be sufficient to meet the needs of His people.
Thank you again for your sweet service to the Lord and His people here in Ethiopia.