My favorite part of teaching with TLI is watching the students interact with the Bible, and wrestle together over what they are seeing.
After they worked together in groups, one student shared about what he had been learning.
“I never really saw that salvation is all a work of God’s grace. I guess I’ve still always thought that we sort of earn it in some way. But now I know that before God all of us are equal, and it is completely by the work of the gospel that we are His children. This makes me want to share the gospel even more.”
We have a few less students at this training, than at the last one I attended (probably 50, rather than 60). That may seem sad, but actually some of that decrease is really a good thing.
One of our former students, who also served us as a translator, is not here because she is now serving in missions in Jordan.
Another - a young man who was hoping to do ministry in China - is now doing his degree in India and working on language, in preparation to go to China.
And I should also mention Demeke, who is here this week .. but that’s not because he hasn’t been running ahead in God’s calling. He’s back for a short stay, but currently serving as a church planter in Zambia.
The Lord is calling leaders from Ethiopia to serve Him around the world.
His gracious work continues here in this land, and extends well beyond.
He is at work in every nation, among every people, drawing men to Himself and calling out a transformed people for the glory of His great name.
Thank you for praying, and for helping to make this work happen.
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!