Children’s ministry is a blast here in Ethiopia. The kids here are amazing at soccer and hopscotch. It truly is a blessing to show God’s love to these children. The best part about little kids is that they have a great imagination so they can have fun at any moment of the day. It is definitely worth getting laughed at doing silly songs like The Funky Chicken just to see their faces light up with joy. I remember one VBS we did, and I was literally getting torn in half because all the kids were pulling me to play with them. Even though we get exhausted at the end of the day, we feel good inside that these kids got to see God’s light shine through us. Being in Ethiopia is an exciting experience, but the highlight is always getting the bus and knowing you are going to put a smile on a kid’s face that day.
Every day in women’s ministry we teach a Bible story before teaching/learning a new craft. A few days ago Tori M. told the story of the woman at the well who talked to Jesus. After the lesson, we watched a clip from Magdalena (the Jesus Film for women). There was a stillness in the room as the video played on a small TV screen. Even though they couldn’t understand English, afterward I could tell some of the girls around me were deeply moved by the story and could relate to the woman with a hard life who wanted living water.
Seeing God work through the people we’ve talked to on campus ministry has been incredible. Last week I was able to talk with three men, each on separate occasions, and two of them prayed to receive Jesus Christ. When these men accepted Christ, it was as if I could hear rejoicing from heaven as the kingdom had grown. One of the most amazing parts was how God completely spoke through me and gave me words to say. It was so humbling to see God use such a big sinner like me to bring two men to himself.