Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Give Me Hope is launched!

Dear readers and supporters,


It has been a journey spanning several years, but our children's discipleship program has been translated, printed, and is officially launched in Ethiopia! We want to first of all praise God for His faithful guidance and provision. The Lord is quite a master at bringing His people together to meet a need that is dear to His heart - even if the brothers and sisters in Christ live halfway across the world!

And we also want to thank those that have supported Acts 8 and our Give Me Hope project, as you have been essential to providing this vital resource to the churches and children of Ethiopia. Some of you reading this may have donated to the January trip when Kim & Teresa flew to Ethiopia to conduct training for teachers and launch the program, and we wanted to give you an update on how the trip went, and what is next for Give Me Hope. 


Arrival

To launch the Give Me Hope curriculum and train the teachers that would use it, Kim and Teresa, directors for Acts 8, flew to Ethiopia this last January. They began the trip by visiting a friend’s “Sunday School.” Such a large amount of children attend the church lessons, cramming the rooms beyond capacity, that it is necessary to hold Sunday School - on Saturdays! Many of the youth are involved with Compassion International, which requires its sponsored children to attend church.

Visiting Sunday School on a Saturday


On Sunday Kim and Teresa were joined by Greg Baird, curriculum trainer from the David C. Cook organization, the ministry that first provided the material for Give Me Hope that we then translated and contextualized. 



Teaching the Teachers

The training took place over the next several days in the city of Debra Zeit, about an hour and a half drive from Addis Ababa. Over 60 teachers attended, representing 35 churches local to Debra Zeit and Addis Ababa, the nation's capital. Greg lead the first day of training, building a foundation for the days to come as he talked about Jesus' heart for children and why we should teach and disciple them. He spoke to the teachers about some of the issues they would encounter as they mentored at-risk youth.


Participants act out a skit called “The Entire Bible In Ten Minutes!” (Give or take a few minutes for translation!)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Kim and Teresa continued the training by discussing what makes a good children's lesson, giving examples, and having the teachers practice creating their own. Give Me Hope is meant to be a resource to the Ethiopian teachers not just in itself, but also in being an example and model for them to design other curriculums and begin to produce their own resources in country. Unlike America, which is inundated with numerous curriculums and resources, Ethiopia has had little to nothing that works for their children & situation!

Getting to know one another!

Every day of the training would begin with group worship and singing, then move into the morning session. After a lunch break, an afternoon session would close out a full day of learning. Kim and Teresa were sure to include several ice breaking activities, as well, since the teachers came from so many different churches that few knew each other.



Lunch break in the Training Center Cafeteria
Every one that came was eager to learn, and soaked in the training with the focus of returning and passing on the material to the teachers at their home church.



Commissioning Ceremony – Certificate of Completed Training
Gift giving to say thank you

Ready to take Give Me Hope to over 30 churches

Blessing beyond GMH

Kim and Teresa were also thrown a bit of a curve ball on the trip - on Tuesday they were asked to lead a women's retreat that Friday. As soon as they finished the Give Me Hope training on Wednesday, they had only a handful of hours to plan for the retreat. Praying and using material from their home church, they blessed the women with an all-day retreat focusing on the subjects of effective Christian living and transformation.


The trip wrapped up with several days of visiting friends, an open air market, a Vision Leadership Institute class, and a recent church plant on Sunday.



Wondewossen, a good friend that showed Kim & Teresa around the area

The open air market
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Lake Hura
Kim "Karmanikin"

Before Kim and Teresa left on Monday, the Acts 8 field coordinator Yinagu gathered her prayer group to prophetically pray over the two and anoint them.




L-R: Teresa, Yinagu, Kim, and friends Solomon and Tenayu from Addis

So what are the next steps for Give Me Hope? The program spans three years, but only the first year has been completely translated and provided to the Ethiopian churches.


Kim and Teresa will continue to be involved in future training sessions in other cities, but ultimately foresee passing on the baton to Ethiopian locals. They are equipping teachers that can then teach others, as a true picture of 2 Timothy 2:2: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” (NLT)


As we continue to work with our Christian brothers across the world to equip teachers to disciple the children of Ethiopia, stay tuned for updates and information on how you can help!



Young Christian disciples, the hope of the next generation for Ethiopia




Thursday, December 31, 2015

Give Me Hope Training

In January 2016, I am going to Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia!

That is only 3 weeks away! Events came together quickly for a project that has been in the works for 4 years! Our dream was to resource and equip lay teachers in Ethiopia to effectively help children who live in high risk situations. Churches care for and educate thousands of children and yet have no materials being generated from within their country.

As well as providing curriculum that has been contextualized for Ethiopia, we will begin training teachers and leaders who will pass on what they learn.

The project is called Give Me Hope.

What will I be doing? 

After the first day of training by a representative from David C Cook, Teresa, our program director and I will be teaching and leading workshops for two more days on topics such as Identity in Christ, Walking with God, and how to study the Bible. We will then repeat the training for a group of high school students who are involved with Great Commission Ministry Ethiopia.

We need only $3,000 for this training event, or $50 per person to equip them for ministering to the next generation!

If you would like to give towards this project, please check HERE.

Thank you!

We will post updates on the Acts 8 Ministries Facebook page.

Kim