Ethiopia Team Member Spotlights
In early June a Faith that Works team of 5 adults and 5 children/youth will board a plane headed for Ethiopia. For some team members, the trip will be a return and a reunion with beloved Somali friends, while other team members will be traveling to the nation - and to Africa - for the first time. The team will meet with Faith that Works' Somali pastors and house fellowships, lead educational activities for students at a community literacy center for Somali refugees, and host a conference for Somali Christians in Ethiopia. Since Somali Christians often live as outsiders in their communities, the conference offers them a needed time to learn, study, and meet together as brothers and sisters in Christ. While in Ethiopia, team member David Aubrecht will also help with installing water purification systems for communities where Faith that Works serves so that more men, women, and children can have access to clean drinking water.
David in Ethiopia
While we will not all travel to Ethiopia or another country to serve, we can support those who are going by praying for them and learning about the work. For this post we're highlighting two team members, David Aubrecht and Kimberly Wilson, and their roles and prayer requests for the trip.
David's been involved with both the local and global outreaches of Faith that Works and has engaged in mission work through other organizations and his church. He's helped repair trailers in the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park as part of our Hispanic Outreach in West St. Louis County and winterized homes for older adults with Mission: St. Louis.
After helping finish construction of a church and school in Haiti, David was interested in traveling with Faith that Works to Ethiopia and joined the team for last year's trip. He says the trip gave him a new perspective on what faith looks like and that he got more out of the trip than he put in to it. On this trip a key part of David's role will be setting up water filtration systems. David also shares that his role will be that of a shepherd - watching over the team as they travel and work.
Prayer Requests: Pray that I will reach out more with the telling of my faith and be able to interconnect with the Somali people.
Getting involved with Faith that Works:
I have been looking for a mission trip for many years. A mutual friend of the founder, Terri, told me about Faith that Works and encouraged me to call her. I called and we talked about what she and others were doing in Ethiopia and especially with the Somalis. Being the passionate and enthusiastic person Terri is, I was very interested.
Kim and her grandchildren
I live in West Virginia but visit St. Louis often to see my daughter and grandchildren. The next time I was in town we met several times to see if I could help on a mission trip. As it happened, there were some things that she needed done that I felt I might do.
Sharing Christ through education:
I have been involved with my local church in various ways for almost 40 years. Vocationally, I am (was) a CPA. However, my most fulfilling role was that of a mother. Because I desired for my children to have a Christian education that was academically excellent, I, with many others, helped start a classical and Christian school in our area that is still going strong. During the years I was involved, I was a board member, hired teachers, taught science and Latin, cleaned toilets, set up booking, went to many conferences, wrote curriculum, and ended up teaching 6th
grade (while developing its curriculum) full-time for two years.
Once I was not as involved with the school, I was made aware of a mission called Rafiki Foundation where they were beginning to use a classical and Christ-centered curriculum. They provide safe “villages” for orphans in 10 African countries. My husband and I visited Rafiki Kenya in 2008, and I had the privilege of teaching during those 2 weeks. That has whetted my appetite for more mission work.
Role on the Faith that Works team:
One job I have is to prepare and execute two days of teaching for 25 children & one day of games/activities for 50 children. Since I know very little about their needs, this is a bit daunting for me. I will also be helping to entertain some little ones so that their mamas can have time to meet at a conference that is being held by Faith that Works.
Prayer Requests: Please pray that my plan will come together and that it will meet the needs of these children as well as provide an example/encouragement for their current teachers. Also, I would appreciate prayers for our safety and the health of my elderly father at home (as well as my other family members).
Pray also for me to listen, learn, and be a helper for Terri. I hope that this trip will provide an opportunity to serve & love these people deeply, provide encouragement, and to catch a vision for where I might fit.