“All I want for…is my…”

18 Sep

We spent New Years day with some new Ethiopian friends, Johnie and Mekdis and their two daughters.  We were invited to be guests at their home.  We feasted on doro wat, chiro and baked chicken for our meal.  And for our beverage pleasure, there was fresh charcoal-roasted coffee beans ground and brewed in our presence by their house helper.  While we sat around and enjoyed getting acquainted conversation, some Amharic and some English, the aroma of the roasting beans was wafting in the air, heady but not overpowering, like the prayers of the saints before God’s throne. By the time tea came in the afternoon, shown above, we had moved on to deeper, more spiritual topics as each shared their vision, hopes, and dreams for the coming year.  Their daughters, Bersabeh and Ruhama , are 9 and 13 and are delightful young ladies who have hearts that love Jesus.  Johnie and Mekdis have a ministry that they conduct through the evangelical churches called Family Renewal.  It is focused on building the relationships within families that will promote family strength.  Johnie and Mekdes both grew up in an orphanage and their passion is helping families to be strong for the generation that will come.  This includes the empowering of single mothers in some family situations.

God has shared the verse from Isaiah 9:2 with them for their hope for the new year.  “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”   Our gift giving time in our land is Christmas and it comes with Christmas wish lists and songs like “All I Want for Christmas“.  Since this is the gift sharing time in Ethiopia I guess the song would be, “All I want for New Year”.  We were blessed to be in a home that radiated the love of Jesus Christ.  Their wish list was short.  Not two front teeth…that people walking in darkness would see the light of hope….opportunities to share that hope with hearts.  We are quick to think that the “land of the shadow of death” is not our own.  Each of us must discover that light in our own land.  In our own heart.

3 Responses to ““All I want for…is my…””

  1. Carol Klopfenstein September 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    wonderful thoughts and posts- keep them coming and we will keep the prayers flowing to the Father- love and miss you- Dennis and Carol

  2. familyrenewalethiopia September 20, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    We were too glad to had the New Year Day celebration time with you. It is very interesting posts “Betam Des Yemil New”-it is very good. We will keep the prayers to you and your ministry.
    “…with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every TRIBE and LANGUAGE and PEOPLE and NATION. Revelation. 5:9

  3. Rich September 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful story. Christian fellowship is so sweet! Is. 9:2 has been a special verse to me also. God’s blessings!

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