Ethiopia Mission Trip Update: Day #5

Morning everyone! (For you, it’s evening)

Sorry for being late on update but we had power outage last night and so no internet either.

Before anything, we wanted to ask the Send Team to pray for our sister, Christine’s health. As many of you know, she left the States with temporary loss of her sight. She has been a real good trooper and has been trusting God so well so far! However, she had some difficulty more lately as she wasn’t able to pee and her legs started to get numb. She told us that she could feel God working and encouraging her to go still. But with her bladder giving more pressure last night, she was very worried and was thinking about going to ER here to get a catheter in to get the urine out. However, we were so blessed to have Dorothy here who is also a RN (Registered Nurse) and knew that she could do it herself. Alternate solution was for us to take Christine to ER only to wait several hours for the catheter procedure. But not only did Dorothy offer to do the procedure for her, but she offered to go and buy the catheter herself which was only about $1.50! When she returned, and I suggested to Christine that she should buy several before we head back, she lighted up saying that that’s an awesome idea as it could save her several hundred dollars and she added in how God must have wanted her to get sick so that she could save all this money! We were so encouraged to see Christine holding up so well, and for God to send us Dorothy who has been taking such an excellent care of all of us! Christine wanted to see if she could pee before the morning but she felt too much pressure in her bladder and thus the catheter was put in. What made this incredible is that this was all done with FLASH LIGHTS as power was out!! And just as Dorothy finished, the power came back on!! Christine believed that that was God’s way of saying “See? I have provided everything and every person you need! Even a nurse who can do catheter insertion in the dark!” We all have been so encouraged to see Christine’s spirits being so lifted up. Though her body feels at attack by Satan, she told us again and again that her spirit has been much at peace. Please continue to pray for her health and for UTI to not happen (Urinary Tract Infection). We are fortunate to have Dorothy stay with us while the four of our team (Joanna, Pastor Shawn, Jade, and John) go to Jinma to visit.

As for yesterday, we had (authentic) Chinese food for lunch yesterday with one of the missionary, Rachel. She has been also an amazing insight into the mission aspects, and she has been a wonderful reminder how you can still be a missionary (and in her words) in front of a TV at home by praying for the countries and missionaries! She also told us an amazing story of how lots of Chinese have been coming to African countries like Sudan to work but in the process, find out about Christ, become saved, and after few years, RETURN to China with the good news!!! God is truly amazing! Traditional concept of sending missionaries to mainland China is being shaken totally! Now we can just go to countries like Sudan where China sends lots of construction-related workers and help in their hearing of God’s Good News and having them be the missionary back to China!! We were even more blessed to have Jade with us so that she could order for us!!

After much good discussion, we headed over to “Korean Hospital” (Myungsung Christian Medical Center) to be the mediators between their head administration, Elder Moon, and Rachel. Rachel has been very much interested in working with the Korean Hospital as they plan on building a nursing school in few years. Rachel, who is also a nurse, wanted some of the far out clinics’ nurses to get a chance to learn and be trained further. MCM gave us a tour thanks to a great PR/Marketing brother, Markos, who is half Czech and half Ethiopian! His English was perfect! Then we had some time of presentation and discussion with the director of MCM, Elder Moon from Myungsung Presbyterian Church in Korea. Their vision was so in line with Rachel’s of empowering the local people and teaching them to be the next nurses and doctors, it was great that we were able to “hook up” Rachel! We will pray for the three far west clinics to get some help and be able to work together! I also wanted to add that Elder Moon wanted to ask all other Korean-Americans who are able to speak both languages (Korean and English) to prayerfully consider short- and long-term missions with MCM as he told us that they feel the language barriers as most are Korean missionary and volunteer nurses and doctors. Elder Moon shared how they need help in both administration side as well as in medicine and in technology.

We learned a lot and wanted to maintain a great relationship with these great people. Now, it’s Friday morning as four of our team members are preparing for the 3-day trip to Jinma, an eight-hour trip by car. Please pray for their safe journey and to see God’s wonderful works, and to have open eyes to see how we can be a part of it, if that’s God will for us. Thank you!

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