“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Helina Abel Meskerem
Hello Prayer Partners!
A year ago, Tim and I, while visiting Ethiopia, made a decision about our future. We heard the calling of God that we should consider making plans to serve our Ethiopian friends on a long term basis. We have trusted God and believe that we are to continue in this ministry until He has other plans for us. More than a year has passed since this became clear to us and our desire and commitment has grown deeper. We will move to Ethiopia in nine years, after our youngest child, Illianna, has graduated from high school. Until then, we will continue to make short-term annual trips to serve and to develop stronger and deeper relationships with the people God has called us to love.
Over the next year we have two trips planned to Ethiopia. The first is coming up this June. I will take part in a unique trip, along with two amazing families. Our mission is the same as we have focused on during previous. We are going to serve the Pastors and staff of our partner church Mehale Ketema Kale Heyewet Church, to love on our ET-104 Compassion sponsored children and their families and to spread the gospel to those who live in Debre Ziet and the surrounding communities.
The next trip will be in February 2016. Tim and Illianna will join me on this trip. We are so excited to take Illianna on this journey and to experience this with her. Illianna cannot wait to finally meet her “little brother” Abel and her “little sisters” Helina and Meskerem. Isabella and Isaiah have not forgotten one moment of the trips they were on and they look forward to returning in 2018 when we plan to go as a complete family.
The details of our trips include the following:
-Assist our partner church, Mehale Ketema Kale Heyewet Church, with ministry, teaching and discipleship. Always, one of the highlights is to host Vacation Bible School for the children of the community.
-Spend time with our sponsored children and their families in their homes learning more about their needs, witnessing their accomplishments and praying together with them.
-Visit the surrounding communities of Debre Ziet and evangelize by sharing the gospel and our own testimonies.
Your partnership is so important to making these trips successful. We could not do it without your faithful prayers. Just knowing that you are lifting us up as we prepare and while we travel is what keeps us focused and motivated to accomplish the goals that God has placed on our hearts. Also, your financial gifts make it possible for us to go and follow God’s calling. If you feel led to continue with us on this journey, please know that we are grateful and we do not take it for granted. I continue to work diligently on my Beachbody business, praying that it will support our future ministry plans. Until then, we are seeking support to allow us the resources to fulfill our calling. The June trip will cost approximately $3,000 and I am about half-way there. The February 2016 trip will cost approximately $10,000, for the three of us. You are a blessing to us in so many ways and we cherish you. If you desire to assist in funding our ministry please send your gift to:
461 Oxbow Drive
Monument, CO 80132
If you wish for your gift to be a charitable tax-deductible donation, please make your check out to The Ascent Church and write “missions” in the memo section.
We are so blessed by your love, your friendship and your kind generosity to allow us the opportunity to serve the dear people of Ethiopia!
In Him with love, Shanna