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Update from Werner & Joanne

posted 14 Nov 2018, 10:07 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Update #2 from Werner & Joanne

November 12, 2018

I can’t believe we are already half-way through our assignment! We will be home in no time. We miss you and look forward to giving you a full report on the amazing things God is doing here.

Am not sure if it is due to all the pity prayers but I am no longer itching with mosquito bites, so thank you to all who carried my burden. Now let’s work on eradication of poverty in Ethiopia!

A couple of weeks ago we went to a student’s church in Addis Ababa for Sunday. Afterwards he invited us to their little apartment for lunch and then took us to a Rehab Centre he started with his parents. He himself had been an addict for 10 years before he gave his life to Christ and he wanted to help people like him. He wondered how he could be sure not to go back to his previous lifestyle and the answer the Lord gave him was “community”. His family were able to partner with a local hospital and have a little house with 15 beds open to all people.

Another exciting thing was the witnessing of 22 baptisms in Assele and the corresponding testimonies. Healings and persecutions were a common theme. We witnessed our 1st demon possession which I caught on video and even when I re-watch it I feel uncomfortable. The Christian world is diverse but here in Ethiopia there is no doubting the supernatural and healings are expected. A common question we are asked is, “Why do you think your churches are not growing like in Ethiopia?”. We generally say, “it’s complex”, but we do point out that they are in a harvest time and we seem to be re-tilling our soil.

Am slowly getting used to the food. Werner is better than me for sure. …

Werner’s classes have increased to 44 (Anabaptist History), and to 50 (Spiritual Formation). He really enjoys the discussions and debates around peace, sharing a common purse, how Anabaptists view the Bible etc. It’s very stimulating as the students are very serious about learning. Unfortunately, their English is all over the place and some really struggle.

I continue to do 50 small things a day that I hope adds up to something. I preach both in chapel and church, guest lecture, tutor, attempt counselling, and have many drinks a day: coffee, macchiato, tea, warm milk, spriss (half coffee-half tea) etc.

All the girls have now moved into the new women’s dormitory and they had their 2nd dedication on Thursday. Previously the girls we are all cramped into a couple of classrooms. It was very moving as female students from each program shared their gratitude. Now we need to pray that more women will come to the College. There are currently 35 women and the dorm has room for over 200.

Thank you to everyone once again for your love and support. We really appreciate it! Each day we receive a zillion hugs and we will be looking for you to replace the students when we return!

With appreciation,

Joanne and Werner