God of this City

November 12, 2009

Every day in language school, we take turns giving a devotion before having a tea/coffee break.  Today, a girl named Karen was giving the devotion.  She was talking about how frustrating it can be to be in the waiting period during language school.  Especially for those going down country, the time during language school can seem a bit purposeless, and just like more busy-ness.  She was saying how we can do things in this season, but sometimes she can’t wait until she can be on the other side and communicate well, as well as pour herself into ministry fulltime.  She looks forward to the greater things that are yet to come.  She shared the song “God of this City” with us.  Here are the lyrics:

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

As I sat there and looked around, it was really neat to see all the people from so many different cultures, here to serve.  All of the Ethiopian Amharic teachers were there too.  We were listening to the words at first, and then we all began singing along.  It was such a beautiful moment.  I remember singing this song over Kansas City with my church community over a year ago, and now we are singing it over Addis Ababa.  God is the God of ALL cities.  He has called us to go…wherever He calls us and share the Good News with all, that all nations may know Him and glorify Him.

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Ethiopian Wedding

November 12, 2009

When I was here in Ethiopia three and half years ago, I had a friend named Nebiyu. He is one of the ministers at the church I was going to, and he introduced me to his fiancé, G.G. (that’s his nickname for her, meaning God’s Gift). Shortly after I left, Nebiyu went to Kenya for school. He was there for about 3 years, and returned shortly before I returned back here. I saw him when I first arrived here, and I asked him if he and G.G. would be getting married soon. 3 years, after all, is a really long time to be engaged. He said he wasn’t sure, maybe another year or so. I said, “What?!? Surely you’re not going to wait that long!” He just left it at that. Then, the other day I got a call from him. He said, “Jess, can we have a meeting? I have something new to talk to you about.” I agreed, and when we met he told me I had to guess what the news was. I said, “You’re getting married.” Sure enough, they will get married at the beginning of May. Then, he proceeded to ask me if I wanted to be a bridesmaid! I’ve not even been to an Ethiopian wedding yet, and now I get to be IN one. So excited about this.