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Will You Pray for Ethiopia?

 David Alan Black 

On May 30, 2005, my wife and I will return to Ethiopia. I will be gone for eight and a half weeks; Becky Lynn will be gone for four.

How can we be fruitful apart from the prayers of God’s people?

Paul wrote to the Colossians, “…praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ…, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Col. 4:3-4). The great apostle did not consider himself above appealing to his fellow Christians to pray for him.

That is to be our way. We are to continue in prayer for each other. Note that Paul does not ask for prayer for his own special needs. He cared little about his personal circumstances. What he did care about was the proclamation of the Gospel. When he thought of himself, entrusted with the mystery of Christ, he trembled and recognized his absolute dependence upon God.

As Becky and I leave for Addis Ababa, unworthy as we are, we know that if we would bear witness in power we must, like Paul, ask others to pray for us. Our schedule includes:

  • Teaching Intermediate Greek for three weeks.
  • Teaching Elementary Greek for six weeks.
  • Speaking at a graduation service.
  • Preaching every weekend.
  • Lecturing at the University of Addis Ababa.
  • Meeting with persecuted Christians (one of whom was recently killed).
  • Distributing CDs with Bible study tools to pastors and church leaders.
  • Holding a training conference for pastors.

I would also ask you to pray for young Bereket, whose corneal transplant has been tentatively scheduled for June. Pray for healing and especially for his spiritual growth.

In a word, Becky and I need you. For us there is no strength, but in yieldedness and daily communion with Him enduement will be ours to make manifest, as we ought, the Gospel of redemption.

If you feel you can commit to praying for us, please email us and let us know. I will add your name and home town to our list of prayer supporters for Part II of our Abyssinian Adventure.

Thank you, Christian friend, and may the Lord Jesus bless and keep you.


“We, the undersigned, promise to pray for Dave and Becky Lynn, as often as the Lord brings them to mind, that the love of Jesus might be manifested in Ethiopia through their lives.”

Name and Home Town

Jay and Ruthanne Shepherd and Family, Birmingham, AL

John and Julie Austin and Family, Abingdon, VA

Evan Black, Raytown, MO

Sharon Rosenbarger, Corydon, IN

Matthew Henry and Family, Simpsonville, SC

Jonathan and Ashley Erdman, Wake Forest, NC

May 17, 2005

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