Wednesday, December 30, 2009

International Development 101: A Special Ethiopia Event

Bridges of Grace is hosting a special event on Saturday January 9th (1pm-4pm, Grace Covenant Church) featuring Andrew Simons, Ethiopia Program Director with Food for the Hungry International (FH). Andrew, who holds a Harvard graduate degree in international development, is in Texas for the holidays and will be speaking on:

- Holistic community development – how FH partners with local church, government, education, and community leaders to bring about physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development to the world’s most needy;
- Ethiopia and Africa-specific development efforts – how FH (one of the most active and longest-serving Christian relief and development organizations working in Africa) is dealing with the AIDS crisis, the tsunami of orphans created by AIDS, and much more; and
- The Zeway, Ethiopia Orphan-Headed Household partnership – details on how Grace Covenant and other local Austin churches are partnering with FH and Christian churches in Zeway to support 300 orphans and to engage in holistic community development in Zeway.

Join us for an interactive dialog and discussion with local Austin pastors, lay leaders, and others who are working to develop their missions and global service programs, to learn more about what God is doing in Africa, and to hear expertise and stories from the front lines in Ethiopia.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please feel free to share this invitation with others!

Monday, December 28, 2009

November report from FH Ethiopia!

Here is the first report we have received from FH Ethiopia. It is full of wonderful updates, prayer requests, and continued evidence of God's work in Zeway. Please click below to be taken to the document for a wonderful read:

Zeway Partnership Report - November 2009 PDF document

The FH team in Zeway has included the following new prayer requests, so we ask that you join us in praying for these needs (note that “CHH” is their term for “child-headed household”):

  • For Lidiya Ashebir and her siblings. She is facing a big life challenge as a girl living with HIV/AIDS worsen her situation, so please prayer for hope and purpose in her life.
  • For Alemtsehay to be free from devil oppression and possession
  • For Rukia Berisho so that she may not feel hopelessness in her current situation
  • Grace to relate to and influence CHH for the kingdom of God
  • Recruitment of two social workers
  • Commitment of Zeway church fellowship for care and support of CHH and their siblings
  • Better Zeway metro- weather for crop production
  • The coming Ethiopian election at the end of May

Welcome Prayer Partners!

Thank you for checking out the Zeway update blogsite. This blog will be a private blog, accessible to only prayer partners and donors, to learn more about the progress of the Zeway partnership. There will be at least monthly updates from the Zeway staff that will be posted on this site. Prayer requests will also be updated regularly.

For this blog to be of best use to the Zeway partners, we are asking you to subscribe to blog feeds. If you do this, you will receive an email notification that the blog has been updated. You can then follow the link provided and read the latests from Zeway.

To the right of this post, you will see a space that allows you to subscribe to this blog. We hope you choose to do this!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This blog will serve as a communication tool between the orphan heads of households in Zeway, Ethiopia and sponsors in the USA.