A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS
BEEN DECLARED IN ETHIOPIA!
Rebel forces are within 120 miles of the capital city, Addis Ababa. Various other rebel groups are uniting. The US embassy has advised all Americans to evacuate. Our SIM colleagues have been advised to gather their travel documents, top of their vehicles with fuel, and be prepared for an evacuation. As of now, the SIMers are in a state of preparedness but still on the ground and safe.
I, Bill, was booked to fly to Ethiopia on Tuesday, November 9. With Zoom calls with SIM Ethiopia Admin, they recommended that I should not proceed to go. It is with great sadness that I had to cancel going at this time but more than that, Grace and I are filled with grief over the deaths, destruction, displacement and suffering of untold numbers primarily in the north of Ethiopia.
·Peace , and the leadership of Ethiopia to act wisely, for the benefit of all the country.
·Our friends and colleagues on the ground as they seek clear leading from the Lord in this context of war and for their future.
·Our Ethiopian brothers and sisters who do not have the option of evacuation. That God would strengthen them for His glory and the continued expansion of His kingdom.
NOW FOR SOME GREAT NEWS!
MY TWIN BROTHER, JOE, AND I HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND JOY TO RECEIVE, TRAVEL THE USA AND INTRODUCE TWO KEY ETHIOPIAN CHURCH LEADERS TO CHURCHES, FOUNDATIONS AND PARA-CHURCH MINISTRIES IN AMERICA.
Semeon (on the left) is the General Secretary of the SIM related churches in Ethiopia.(Kale Heywet Church, EKHC). It is the largest evangelical denomination in Ethiopia with over 10,000 churches and over 10 million congregants. In seven years, 2028, EKHC will be celebrating its centennial. Yes, 100 years! The vision for the next five years is to double the number of churches and congregants. If it took 93 years to get this far, how can it be doubled in five to seven years? Semeon replied “By God’s intervention and grace, if one church plants just one church and one congregant just leads one to the Lord and disciples him or her, that vision goal can be reached. With God, what seems impossible is possible!” Oh, to have this kind of faith and vision in our lives!
God used Wubshet’s amazing testimony of how he came to know the Lord Jesus out of Islam. He operates a training center in Ethiopia where he trains Muslim background believers, MBBs to reach their own. Over the past 9 years, 72,462 have come to Christ and are serving Him. Yes, with much persecution and challenges! Please pray for him as he leads EKHC in outreach to Muslims.
A personal note below:
We have been shaken with the news coming out of our beloved Ethiopia. Our eyes are on the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ.We need you at this time.
Through all these years, it has been your prayers, love and financial support for us and our family that has kept us going. As we head into the end of the year, we cherish your commitment to pray and give as you have. We continue to press on full time with SIM USA with a fresh sense of joy and vigor.
Would love to hear from you!
Sending this with lots of love and blessing!
Bill and Grace