Ministry Update: Middle East & Asia
“Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations…” Isaiah 54:2,3 from scripture
The year 2015 has continued to be the fulfillment of this word from God to our ministry. 2014 culminated in our ministry of the gospel of Jesus focused mainly in North America and Africa except for two trips in the Middle East and Europe. At the end of that year, Mulu and I clearly understood from the Lord that our ministry would expand to places and nations we have never been before.
Accordingly, new doors of serving Jesus in different ways began to open. We were invited for the annual National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington D.C. during the first week of February. This event is a gathering of more than 3,000 leaders of governments, ministries, religious organizations and invited guests from all over the world where the president of the USA opens a prayer conference. We spoke and participated in several forums.
Right after this event, we left for a tour of the Middle East and Asia – Dubai, Philippines (Manila and Baguio) and India (Delhi and Mumbai). For close to a month, we served in spreading the gospel of Jesus, training young leaders in servant leadership, discipling small groups and churches, and speaking for business conferences, youth groups, and in one-to-one relationships. We gave interviews for national TV and press on topics of peace and reconciliation, religious extremism, leadership and development, and Jesus and culture.
During the tour, God opened doors to meet with high-level government leaders and global media celebrities (movie directors, actors, writers, etc.), to whom we shared Jesus of Nazareth and His power to transform life using our own testimony. We also visited a military academy, where we met officers and spoke to hundreds of cadets on Jesus-centered leadership, and had several meetings with thousands of students and teachers.
Three major observations from our trips:
- Hundreds of men and women received Jesus as their Savior and Lord; their lives turned around and started new life with joy and hope. We saw that people everywhere want the way, the Truth and the life.
- Jesus without any religious baggage is appealing and powerful in all cultures. We saw that the name of Jesus transcends all religions and cultures. As soon as Jesus is attached to any religion, it becomes tampered. Religion tarnishes Jesus Christ.
- We met many Muslim leaders who follow Jesus Christ with amazing testimonies and stories about situations in many Arab countries. Many people encounter Jesus in dreams, visions and in real life in many of the Middle East countries amidst the social crisis and atrocities of ISIS.
Our trip to the Middle East and Asia laid a foundation for relationships built on peace and reconciliation, as well for training and discipleship based on the gospel of Jesus. This is only a prelude to enlarging our ministry to those parts of the world in these areas and many more.
Right after our trip to Asia, Mulu had another trip to Ethiopia to oversee our ministry called Life Center Orphan and Widow Care. Mulu founded this ministry in 2013 here in the USA and in Ethiopia as a non-profit organization. Currently, the ministry supports 80 orphans and vulnerable children and 18 widows or poor single mothers by sponsorship. We are serving them because we believe, as the word of God says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” (James 1:27 from scripture). We will share more about the Life Center ministry during our next update.