"And if anyone gives to one of these little ones even acup of water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward."Matthew 10:42
In the city of Wekin, Ethiopia, population is approximately 14,000. Up until several years ago,there were no wells, no toilet facilities as we know them, and few school supplies available. One out of two children were dying by the age of 5 from water borne diseases.Young children were carrying 40 pound jugs of water walking 30 minutes each way twice a day to get their family's supply of water.
Our hope was to change life for the people of Wekin, and share the love of Jesus Christ.
In the last several years, our ministry has: * Built several wells for clean drinking water. * Provided funds to build latrines in places throughout the city and in the schools. * Educated people on how to build their own personal sanitation locations. * Worked with “Books for Africa” and donated 20,000 books for the city, schools and upcoming library in Wekin. * Provided every child with access to a pen, school books, and paper (if parent's will send their children to school). * Provided short term medical care through mission trips for many people, shared the gospel with them, and expectant mothers now have a place they can deliver with a midwife. (Read more about our 2017 medical mission). * Built a slaughter house in Debat for butchering meat. * A partnership was established with the University of Wisconsin Sports where our Church Planters and 30 volunteerstrained a team of sports ministry professionals with the tools and strategies to reach their communities with the gospelthroughsports ministry! * Supported four full time missionaries, in the cities of Wekin, Debark, and Debat, and converted many to Christianity. * Due to persecution three of our Church Planters resigned, but we were able to continue to do the work of evangelism with our one remaining Church Planter and a team of Evangelical University Students while we actively sought church plant replacements. * By the middle of 2016 we had an active church plant in Debat, new believers were baptized, and favor was found with the local government which resulted in being able to acquire land in Wekin for the purpose of building a library/ community center. * Partnered with EvaSUE an Ethiopian organization that encourages and supports students and graduates who are laboring to expand God's kingdom through evangelism, discipleship, missions, and leadership development on and off campus' across Ethiopia. (Read about our 2017 national mission trip)
The mission has opened the door for us into one of the darkest communities in the Gondar region.
Our hope is to: * Partner with Compassion International and start a program for widows and orphans. The widows would take care of the orphans and Compassion would support the children. * Build four more wells, (2 spring water wells, and 2 regular wells). * Build a town library, community center and chapel. * Build 4 more slaughter houses. * Build 7 more latrines * Bring electricity to the city of Wekin! * Continue to share the hope found in Jesus Christ! * Provide funding to send more short term medical teams to provide basic medical needs.
Prayers are needed for: * New converts as they begin to grow in the Lord and possibly face persecution from their neighbors and friends. * Our Church Planters/Evangelists and Sports Ministry teams to boldly proclaim the gospel! * Wisdom and discernment as we move forward to begin the process of implementing community development programs to improve the lifestyle of the people in the towns of Wekin, Debark, and Debat. * Funding! Please visit our Donation Page and check out our award winning documentary "be full and hang around" and our e-book at Ethiopia December 2014 e-book.
First Meat Slaughter House in memory of Jason Carter