Letter from Mike: Ethiopia – July 2019

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:7 (NKJV).

I am writing to you on my return flight from Ethiopia, where I have been visiting our Bible workers. It has been such a blessing to meet the gospel leaders in this impoverished nation, where God has truly been expanding the work. The 20 Bible workers we support have been penetrating unreached areas, establishing new church plants and introducing people to the One and only true God. The Holy Spirit has used these workers to bring many Muslim, Pentecostal and Orthodox families to a knowledge of the Three Angels’ Messages. Through their incessant labor, scores have been baptized in the past year.

While in Ethiopia, I had the privilege of conducting an evangelistic series and seeing hundreds attend. Dozens of people gave their hearts to Christ for the first time, and many expressed their profound appreciation for new truth from God’s Word. The night the Sabbath was presented, scores of people rose to their feet and came forward during the appeal to stand in obedience to the Word. Even more came forward when they learned that Sunday worship will be the Mark of the Beast. It was indeed miraculous how God worked among the people!

After the seminar was over, I held a meeting with the leadership to discuss the follow-up work, hoping to get an idea of how we could help keep the work moving forward after I left. The members’ two most considerable requests were a church building to worship in and a school to educate the many young people. I had already observed that the children were being left behind and seemed to have no direction in life. The parents explained that the local public school is not a place where they want to send their children. They need a school where the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy will be the basis of all learning.

After getting advice from someone from another congregation who has already started a very successful school, I met with a well-qualified man with a great love for the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy who is willing to spearhead this endeavor. He has a master’s degree in business and theology and will be finished shortly with his Ph.D. in management. He loves evangelism and has a vision for finishing the work. Our plan for the school would be to start small, with only kindergarten through fourth grade. This will then generate income to move the school forward in adding more classes every year.

God instructed us to teach our children His ways and commandments. How can this happen in schools where the Bible is not the foundation of all teaching? By establishing a church school, we can properly educate not only the children of church families, but also those outside the church, thus exposing both children and parents to God’s last day message.

The estimated initial cost for the school would be around $40,000, with a goal of making it self-sustaining in three years. If you would like to invest in Ethiopian children’s eternity, mark your donations “Ethiopia School.”

Yours in educating for eternity!

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