On July 8th, a group of 7 women will travel to Ethiopia to minister God’s love to several groups of widows and teenaged orphans. If you looked strictly at outward appearances, the American women and the Ethiopian women wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common. But Christ’s transforming love has touched both groups! And that’s the wonderful message of the gospel.

The goal of this trip is twofold. For the widows, who are each destitute and dependent on the help of others, the team wants to bring love, prayer, God’s word and practical help. For the teen girls, most of whom have suffered profound loss and are growing up without the love and guidance of a mother, our team will lavish attention, laughter, love, pampering and prayer. Who better to understand the heart of a woman than another woman?

There has been much preparation for this trip! These women have met to plan, pray, share an Ethiopian meal, laugh and brainstorm about how best to bring hope and encouragement, along with some much-needed supplies for the orphanages that YWAM supports there. There have been fund-raising coffees and evenings (with a garage sale still to come!) and support letters sent out. God has worked in the hearts of each of these team members, calling them in unique and creative ways to be a part of this outreach. There are young women and older women. Seasoned missionaries and rookies willing to be used! Also joining them will be Abonesh, who is the beautiful wife of our in-country representative. She’ll serve alongside the team and will be the translator.

Won’t you join us in praying for this group as they bring together all the final preparations, finances and supplies for traveling? Let’s ask God to go before them, leading them into His purposes, surrounding them with His protection and using them beyond their wildest imaginations! Let’s believe Him for a miraculous touch of His Spirit among women!