As the week is beginning to wind down it's a great day of prayer and reflection. We have been blessed to come and support our full time missionary family, the Sullivan's, and the great work they do every week here. A great lesson to us all is to pray daily over everything which is often lost on us in the United States. As Mark Sullivan reminded us that the people here pray daily for God to provide for their survival. As such, this is a great spiritual day today in many ways as God has brought us here to support the Ethiopian people and our daily journey begins now.
Our first stop was to Beza Jewelry. It's a ministry that employees 106 woman from Entoto mountain who are all HIV positive. These woman had no means of supporting themselves and God has provided a means of allowing them to be self employed and live healthier lives. A great ministry and a great blessing for us to hear God's call to support them.
We then stopped at another ministry which employs woman who formally carried fuel wood down the mountain to survive. Most if not all of these woman suffer from HIV, TB, or cancer, or some such ailment and are shunned by their community. This ministry employs them to make scarves. More income then they were getting carrying wood and they get off the mountain and that heavy labor. Another great ministry to support.
We then stopped at the oldest church in Addis which is 700 years old and carved out of a cave. A newer church was built nearby in 1882 and the holy relics moved from the cave. People still drop off prayer requests in the cave church. This was a great place to pray for the people of Ethiopia, that God's favor would be upon them all.
We then proceeded to the Nehemiah Center which is a ministry providing education for children with autism. There is only one other autism school in Ethiopia. Nehemiah currently has 34 kids in their program with another 120 on the waiting list. For those who do not know the back story, Christ Church ran an Autism Camp three years ago. Two years ago, the mission team met with the fledgling school and they asked if we could find someone who could come over and help educate the teachers on how to teach autistic kids and that would be a blessing for them. Last year we put out the call hoping to find one of two autism teachers to join our team and we got seven to come out. So this year, we brought needed donations and checked on their progress. Their program is growing and they have moved to a better facility than a year ago, so good news and a great example of Christ Church making a real impact through our ministry teams.