A team of missionaries from Concordia Lutheran Church and School in Fort Wayne, Ind. recently embarked on their third trip to Ethiopia, building and strengthening relationships during visits to local congregations, Mekane Yesus School and Gerfesa Rehabilitation Center.
The team has made it their mission to build a bridge between Indiana and Ethiopia. They affectionately call this cause a “glocal mission,” because the undertaking of their local congregations is to share Christ’s love globally.
Gary Penner, Corporate Communicator and team leader, encourages those considering such a mission trip to do so by quoting one of his favorite Bible verses: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
Pastor Kevin Wendt explains how a local mission can build a global bridge.
Children of Mekane Yesus School, a part of the Ethiopian Evangelical Mekane Yesus Church congregation, learn about culture in the United States from the volunteer team and from the letters written to them by children of Indiana.
The team learned invaluable lessons about Muslim outreach, which they can use at home in Fort Wayne.
The residents at Gerfersa Rehabilitation Center were happy to see the missionaries again, who brought photos of past visits.
During the visit to Gerfersa Rehabilitation Center, the team made a donation of 12 large bundles of yarn, which the patients will use to craft things likes tablecloths and hats, goods they can sell to support the facility financially.
The team accomplished quite a bit during their journey, and still had plenty of time to enjoy the mystique of Ethiopian culture.