Monday, May 25, 2015

Persecution Around the World

by Joy Casey
 
The evangelism thrust in Ethiopia experiences strong push-back in all areas and there are isolated incidences of actual persecution involving bodily harm or economic hardship. While the Ethiopian government remains is stable, religious liberty is upheld and the most radical elements are kept in check. Adoption Ministry partners with Steadfast Global (out of Scotland) and Voice of the Martyrs (out of Canada) to see that evangelism in Ethiopia continues strong. The primary purpose of our partners is to monitor the persecuted church all over the world and to bring humanitarian aid where it is needed. A Steadfast Global team recently returned from Iraq where they rendered aid to the Christian Kurdish refugees ousted from their homes by ISIS.

Here are a few snapshots of some recent news from other nations.
 
clip_image002Kenya: Radical Isl*mist group, al-Shabaab, once again proved how depraved and callous they are in a devastating attack on students at Garissa University College near the Somali border. Gunmen stormed the campus on Thursday April 2, killing 147 people, mainly Christian students, and injuring at least another 73. We understand that the attackers separated Christian and M*slim students, releasing the M*slims and murdering the Christians. Please remember those who are mourning and those who are injured. In the wake of the attack, calls were made for the closure of the nearby Dadaab refugee camp which houses many thousands of Somali refugees.
 
clip_image004South Sudan: 37-year-old Pastor Adam Haron is recovering after spending three months in a jail near the border with Sudan. Pastor Haron who was working among M*slims in the city of Aweil, believes that his arrest last November was instigated by M*slim extremists who opposed his work. While imprisoned he alleges that he was tortured and accused of being a spy. He was released on February 18.
 
clip_image006India: A number of Christians including women and children, have been left with broken bones and other serious injuries following an attack on their open-air meeting by a mob of Hindu extremists on April 8. The attack occurred around 9 p.m. during the last session of a three-day event organized by the Christians in Pebbair in Telangana State. Police have been accused of failing to protect the Christians and also of failing to take action against those responsible for the assaults.
 
clip_image008Pakistan: A 14-year-old Christian boy has succumbed to the injuries he sustained on April 10 after being beaten and then set on fire by two M*slim men who discovered he was a Christian after engaging him in conversation. Nauman Masih died in a hospital in Lahore on April 15. Police have denied that the attack was religiously motivated.
 
clip_image010 Uganda: A 17-year-old pastor's daughter was left seriously injured and badly traumatized after a horrific attack in which she was gang-raped as a punishment for her father's refusal to cease Christian worship services. The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. on March 28 as the young woman was walking towards the church building in Budaka District. Her name has been withheld at the request of the family.

There is a spiritual battle raging in our world, and Christians need to be on their knees interceding like never before. 

"...others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection."  
Hebrews 11:35


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Fruit of Faithful Laborers

by Joy Casey

In Mark 16:15 Jesus told us, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” I am inspired by 36 Ethiopian men who are preaching the Good News in places where doing so could cost them dearly.

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There are large areas of Ethiopia where Isl*m dominates the culture and the people have never been exposed to the Christian faith. These are the areas that are targeted by the brave evangelists I know, most of whom are former M*slim believers.

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The evangelism scene is ever changing, ever challenging. We are waging spiritual battles, for Satan has an assignment on Ethiopia. Thus, the work must begin and end with prayer. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in one rural village began after two evangelists prayed for seven years. Today, the first Christian church in that village stands firm and outreach from there has resulted in two new church plants in neighboring villages!

In another extremely remote, highly populated area, I met ten men who hold positions of importance in their mosques and are using the Qur’an to preach the Gospel message. Thousands are coming to Christ and there are underground Bible studies popping up all over. A church in Kansas City has provided funding for three church plants to begin in that area to accommodate the new believers.

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From another established church in a predominately M*slim town, evangelists have been sent out two-by-two to live in three neighboring areas. Sharing faith in these places sometimes brings violent push-back, yet people are coming to know and accept Jesus as their Savior. The M*slim-dominated local government makes it very difficult for the evangelists to work and live. In one village, landlords were told they cannot rent to any Christian and the evangelists were commanded to leave and never come back. The result? The evangelists refused to give up and a group of U.S. businessmen pooled their money to buy some property and construct a church! Today, despite societal pressure, people are turning to Jesus and the church plant is growing.


Just last month, a new convert in a village gave property to the church with a house on it where they could meet for worship, study and prayer. The M*slims were so angry about this they crept up to the family’s house at 3 o’clock in the morning while husband, wife and three children were sleeping and torched their thatched roof, burning the house instantly to the ground. The people escaped with their lives, but lost everything. A church in Kansas and other individuals gave so the converts could reconstruct their home. Used clothing left by mission teams replaced their clothes and Christian neighbors helped with food. God took this seeming disaster and turned it for good! The couple is building a much better house and the people of their village are astounded at the help and love lavished on them and more and more are coming to Christ.

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I am proud to know the men whose passion is leading their neighbors into the freedom of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness. Many evangelists have expressed they feel it is inevitable that they will be killed as a result of their activity. That does not stop them. Their deep love for Jesus and the people they have known all their lives compels them to pray and be alert for divine appointments where they can tell an unbeliever about Jesus. Working alongside these men causes me to be bolder sharing my faith with the people I live among. I am humbled to be aligned with these incredible men and thankful that I can do my part, with the support of other individuals and churches, to expand the capacity for Christ to be shared with the unreached in Ethiopia.

PRAYER NEEDED! Please pray for the evangelism work and other life-saving work God has led us to do in Ethiopia. We have a team of praying people from all over the United States. If you would like to be part of this and receive a monthly prayer guide, please let us know. support@ywamethiopia.com We need the underpinning of prayer to boldly and effectively do this work in Ethiopia.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Unwanted, Unloved and Uncared For

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.  The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

A short documentary about a mother's love for her adopted son...




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Noble Indeed

Our ministry director, Joy Casey, has poured her life into creating and overseeing Adoption Ministry of YWAM – first domestically and then in Ethiopia.  Her heart is for women and children.  She has followed God’s lead to create a vital and growing ministry.

She has God-inspired vision...

For children to grow up in families and not in an orphanage.

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For birthmothers to be loved and supported in their decision to parent or to relinquish their child.

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For women to find a way to become self-sustaining and keep their families together.

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For the life-changing, life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ to go into all the world.

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I might be one of a very few who know how many hours Joy puts in to keep our ministry going… and all with no salary, benefits or retirement package. 

God is using her to bless SO MANY!

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Joy was recently nominated for the “She Is Noble” award – “One who works tirelessly, fearlessly, and without recognition to provide assistance, hope, or vision to those in her immediate community or around the world... one who has gone outside of their immediate circle to do noble things for others.”  Joy has most certainly done that. 

You can read Joy’s story on the She Is Noble website here as well as the stories of other noble women.

We are very proud of our fearless leader and are thrilled to see her honored in this way! 

We love you, Joy!!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Helping Mothers for Mother’s Day



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We have a great place for you to give a gift to your mom or grandmother that will have a life-changing impact for a mother in Ethiopia!

 
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In our YWAM Gift Catalog you can choose to give bedding for a woman who sleeps on the ground.

 

Or school supplies and fees so a mother can send her children to school, changing their futures. 
 
 

Or formula for a young mother's baby who isn’t getting enough nourishment. 

 

Or a much-needed set of clothing for a woman wearing rags.

 

While you celebrate the mothers in your life at Mother’s Day, you will also bless a mother on the other side of the world!
 


Visit the YWAM Gift Catalog by clicking the button below, then let us know the mother you choose to give in honor of and we'll be happy to send out a beautiful card on your behalf to her. 
 
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Visiting Sponsored Families

A very small percentage of our AM 1:27 sponsors have the opportunity to meet their adopted families in person… but when they do, it is an unforgettable experience that only deepens their understanding of and love for the widows and at-risk families they support.

There is a wonderful body of believers at Brooklake Church in Federal Way, Washington who have ‘adopted’ one of our project areas – Shashemene – and they now support 53 families there on a monthly basis.   Earlier this month, a mission team from Brooklake traveled to Ethiopia and several team members got to meet ‘their’ families for the first time or be reunited a second time.  Here are two of their stories…


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by Wolf Samuelson
My family has been sending monthly support & praying for a single young mother of twins in Ethiopia for over a year and now it was time to see her face to face. Wagayehu (Wa-guy-yo) greeted us outside her house holding her adorable girls, Yebser & Feven. She is a petite, beautiful woman with a big, yet shy smile. We immediately hugged then she invited us into her small, one room home with a thin twin mattress on a rough concrete floor, a small table, a storage tub and two chairs against the wall - all in a space no bigger than my walk-in closet back home. That alone brought tears to my eyes.

We crammed into her home and sat down to talk. I began by giving Wagayehu a picture of my family, just like we have a picture of her back home. She said she loved it so that she can see our faces as she prays for us. Then I started to deliver the gifts that Launi had put together for Wagayehu and her girls. We got to share some laughs as I modeled a scarf for her. As we continued to share with each other she began to say how thankful she was for my family. I told her that our family needs no thank you. The reason we support her is not for recognition or thank you’s; it is simply our way to express the love Jesus has first shown us. 

We wrapped up our time by hearing the dreams she has for herself. She said she loves to cook and would love to start a restaurant. I told her how I love to cook and eat! She said that when she opens her own restaurant, that my family was invited to come and eat. We prayed and said our good byes with tears and hugs. It was a powerful moment that will forever change me. All I can say now comes from a widow we visited later. “God is a history maker!”



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by Anna Jones
This year all I thought about and looked forward to was seeing Firehiwot again. So much had changed in a year. An entirely new home was built, she now has a job cleaning the city offices, and her family is more healthy than ever. She’s even getting educated so she can start a small income-generating business. For me, much of the original anxiety caused by me wondering what she’d be like and how she’d act towards us was now gone. Last year we had such an amazing experience meeting her that I knew this year would be a “homecoming” of sorts.

We pulled up to the house and were barely out of the van when Firehiwot came running through the gate to greet us. The same as last year, she immediately leapt into my arms and started kissing my cheeks and saying “I love you, I love you!”. It was a long lost family reunion. We were filled with joy to see each other again…  Firehiwot had baked a huge circular loaf of wheat bread (typically reserved for major holidays).  We all sat around enjoying popcorn, coffee and special bread.

God has truly given us a miraculous gift in allowing us to sponsor Firehiwot and her family. My life is forever changed through this experience of sponsorship. My wise Kenyan son once told me that “the hand that gives is the hand that receives”. Never before has a saying been more true. The more we give to Firehiwot, the more we receive in God’s grace and love and the more our faith grows. I am so grateful for Firehiwot and her family. They are our family now, too!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Adoption Speaks of God

Today we have a beautiful video to share... the story of one couple.  One birthmother.  One adoption.   But it reminds us of many of your stories.  Maybe you can relate?

 
"I was adamantly against adoption.  I wanted to have the kid we were supposed to have."
 
"God kept compelling us to love this idea of being parents... so we just kept praying."
 
"My perspective was so skewed in my own pain.  What I saw as Him not loving me was, in fact, Him being the most loving He could have been."
 
"It's a constant struggle to sit in His sovereignty
when everything is falling apart in your mind." 
 
"He doesn't leave anything to chance. 
It's amazing.  It's a miracle.  It only speaks of God."




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