4500 miles, 13 cities, 10 weeks.
Our brother Aklilu Damtew is traveling around the eastern half of the continental US in order to help churches, especially those with large numbers of Ethiopians, make and equip disciples. Using his knowledge of Biblical hermeneutics and experience as an educator, Aklilu leads seminars at local churches on topics such as reading and interpreting the Bible and the identity and responsibilities of church members. A few years ago, Aklilu was an intern with TIBM and a member of Tensae Church; now he lives in the Kansas City area and has formally established a ministry, Biblos Christian Ministries International.
The first stop in Aklilu’s “missionary journey” is at a seminar hosted by Tensae Church this weekend, September 28-29. Please pray that dozens of Ethiopian believers in Chicagoland will attend these training sessions and be encouraged and better equipped to grow in and serve the Lord. Ask God to give Aklilu the words to speak and the ability to teach at each of the seminars he leads — not only the one at Tensae, but also the ones in Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI, Louisville, KY; Dayton, OH; Columbus, OH; Lancaster, PA; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; and Olathe, KS. Pray that God will give Aklilu strength and energy during his travels; may the fellowship with other believers be a blessing in every city. Ask the Lord to protect Aklilu and his family from all harm during this time.
The cities to which Aklilu is going have other diaspora groups as well. As Ethiopian believers grow in their understanding of how to read the Word and participate in the Body, may they also become more aware of the nations around them. Pray that the Lord will call forth and equip Ethiopian believers to reach out cross-culturally with the love of Christ to their neighbors, co-workers, and classmates.
Pray that the Lord will train up believers among other diaspora groups with the knowledge and experience that He has given Aklilu.