We traveled out across the African Plains of the Rift Valley. I first came here 3 years ago, and was surprised by the remote location of this village. You travel 5 hours Southwest of Addis Ababa, and turn onto a dirt road, which quickly turns into a cart path. At times, the vehicle in front of us was billowing dust so badly, that we couldn’t see what was in front of our van.
When the dust cleared, this was the Africa of National Geographic. The plains spread before us decorated with Acacia trees. Clusters of thatched huts dotted the side of the road, and children ran out to see the sight of 3 vans traveling in a caravan. They waved, jumped, and called out ”Muzungu” (white Person). We arrived at the village to dedicate the first Worship Center in that region of the world. Just a couple years ago, this was a totally unreached location. Several families came to The Lord, through humanitarian projects in the village, and soon the Gospel was carried to other villages in the plains. At this time 250 families have come to The Lord!! This probably represents over 1,000 people!
We gathered in the auditorium for the dedication of this Worship Center! They opened in prayer, and there was great excitement, as joy flooded the hearts of those in attendance. The choir stood to sing and lead in worship. Can I just say, that “I LOVE AFRICAN WORSHIP”? I don’t know anything like it! The choir and church worshipped the Lord with total abandon. It was truly a blessed time. Prayer, worship, and powerful messages filled he dedication time. As we closed the time, everyone had a sense of awe at God’s faithfulness. Streams of Mercy conducted one of the humanitarian projects in this village, and we were so blessed with the impact of this “Two-Handed” approach to the Gospel. On one hand, you meet the desperate physical needs of people, while showing them the amazing Love of God through sharing the Gospel.
We are humbled by God’s goodness and your giving to the work of Streams of Mercy! Your commitment makes all of this possible!