Journey into the Rift Valley
We boarded our bus with 12 team members for the 7 hour trip to Central Ethiopia. This is a region in the Rift Valley, and it’s what you envision as the African Plains. Acacia trees dot the landscape, round mud huts cluster by the dirt road, and you know that you’re in the ‘real’ Africa.
We first came to this desperately poor region of Ethiopia 4 years ago. We were doing a ‘Goat Project’, providing much-needed animals to poor families and to widows. This is a village in a region where people walk for up to 4 hours a day to fill jugs of water from the nearest water source. To meet that need, YWAM ran a water line from the nearest water source to help this village. It has transformed the village and opened the whole region to the Gospel.
Ethiopian Evangelists Risk Their Lives every Day For The Gospel
We met the 14 evangelists when we first arrived. These guys are my heroes! They travel across the African savannah regularly, bringing the truth of the Gospel to those who have never heard the truth of Christ. They travel by bicycle! I love the hearts of these guys. No cost is too great for the Gospel. I am humbled by their dedication and their calling. This is a region that is very hostile to the Gospel, but they are unswerving in their commitment. Almost all of them have families, and they live on $ 50.00 per month.
We gathered at the Prayer Tree. It’s a massive tree on the land where a new Worship Center is being built. The Worship Center is necessary because 250 families have come to Christ in the last few years. Many have given for the Worship Center construction. We’re especially grateful to Life Church for their generous gift for the construction. The Worship Center will be completed this Summer.
Making a Difference
Streams of Mercy is changing lives in Africa! We are caring for orphans and widows, and helping the most desperately poor and needy. We are so grateful for the opportunity to show Christ’s love in practical ways. Thanks for ALL who partner with us to impact these lives.