Ethiopia - A baby in a bush?
Kelile was astonished when he came across a baby girl, lodged and crying in a bush. Carefully pulling her out, he noticed her skin colour was different from others in his village. Even so, his automatic response was to help her. Abandoned, helpless and left to die in a bush, his heart went out to her. Her cries touched him deeply.
He took her to the local police station, but the officers were completely baffled. No one knew who her parents were, where she came from or even the last time she ate or drank anything. She was a mystery.
Even though they already had children of their own, Kelile brought the infant home to his wife, determined to protect and care for the precious child. Even though they were poor, they welcomed the new addition to the family, sharing all the love and protection they could. They named her Sidamee, which means "lost and found" in the Hadiya language. Kelile didn't know that he was about to receive his own outpouring of love.
A witness of love
A group of Christians from a Bible League International church plant in Kelile's village noticed his act of mercy on the child, and it moved them to approach the family. Wanting to shine Jesus' light into that home, the group worked together to collect money and bought clothing and supplies for the child. Most importantly, they shared the Gospel with Kelile his wife and Sidamee's new family in their heart language.
Opportunity of a lifetime
As she grew, the group of Christians continued to minister to Sidamee and her family, sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus. Today, Sidamee has a home and a community of Christians who care about her. That is the beauty of how Bible League International partnerships work. They train indigenous Christians to know how to minister, locals who know the language, know the culture, and are permanently embedded in the community. There's no time limit; they are committed to sharing Jesus over the long term.
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2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
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