We looked, no, we scoured Bisrate Gebriel in search of a place to call our own. Trinity Fellowship's lease at the movie theater was due to end on July 25th. We were nearing the beginning of July, and still hadn’t found anything. The thing of it was, we’d been searching for over 2 months, and felt that finding a decent place large enough to seat at least 150 had become impossible. Our faith was burning low, and we’d given up on the idea of staying in Bisrate Gebriel. We’d been praying dangerous prayers for God to provide in such a way that we would see his hand move - little did we know he would bring us to weakness giving us good problems that only he could solve. We were weary - driving through Addis Ababa is no Autumn stroll through Central Park. Instead of spending our days in ministry, we were spending our days driving around with brokers. And then, in July, by apparent accident we found a spot in the neighborhood of Bisrate Gebriel - the very neighborhood we’ve been praying over for years now. Within a week we had a 2 year lease agreement for a room with a view of all Addis Ababa. What is more, by the grace of God our problems continue - good problems! We’re already maxing out on our seating. When we moved into the new place we only had enough dough to purchase 100 chairs. We’re now 3 Sundays into our new location and those seats are filled with people. We’re praying for the Lord to give enough money to purchase another 100 seats. We think we could fit another 100-150 easily. Only 9 months into the official launch of Trinity Fellowship and the Lord has/is abundantly providing for all our good problems!
We’re coming to the end of our first book or series as a church. Expositional preaching is something almost like magic. We’re nearing the end of Philippians and as we come to the conclusion of this epistle we find that we are changed. We as a church are not what we were before Philippians. These books, these epistles, the theology, the characters and their situations - they go deep down into the hearts of men and women - and by the power of the Holy Spirit they begin to change the spiritual DNA of the one who listens. We have seen conversions. Almost weekly we’re meeting individuals we refer to as the de-churched - individuals who have left the church for years due to bad theology, abuse, and false teaching. But now, as God’s Word is declared, they're being healed, changed, they're growing. One small example would be the recent testimony of a dear brother in the church who has never experienced assurance of salvation. He’s always been more aware of his sin and his failures than he is of the grace of God as revealed through the gospel. I told him, nearly a year ago, the thing that would make me most happy, would be to see him happy in Jesus. With tears of joy I want to inform you that he recently looked at me and said, “I want you to know, I’m happy in Jesus.” Good problems - Great Provision!