This is happening because of your financial gifts and prayers and our travel and training in the field.
When those master trainers (nationals) we’ve trained go deeper into the bush/down country to train other village nationals, volunteer CHEs (Community Health Evangelists), this training team becomes the 2nd generation disability training team.
The 2nd generation CHEs use the lessons on disability in their homes and then train their churches and neighbors. They become the 3rd generation disability training CHE’s!!
PRAY neighboring villages and tribes ask them for the same training…multiplying to 4th and 5th generations of wholistic laborers. It is probably already happening, but 16-25 hours out of Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capitol, now by foot, with no phones or computers, it is difficult to track Gods messages and laborers.
Jesus has trained all of His followers to be multipliers. Multipliers work horizontally within a village and vertically deeper and deeper into a nation. We call this generational multiplication. We all are called to both horizontal and vertical multiplication; both are necessary and so exciting…so GTN is pleased with the progress so far. Thank you each: the national trainers in the field, intercessors, gifts to cover the trainings, those writing disability lessons, and organizers. It takes a whole team.
*We use the word “wholistic” (instead of “holistic”) to denote training for the whole person: spiritual, physical, emotional and social.
THE SPREAD AND IMPACT OF PRAYER, GIFTS AND TRAININGS
Faithful people, partnering together, passing on wholistic Biblical truth
*In 6 months, our team (of Ethiopians and an American–1st generation) trained 21 national master trainers (2nd generation) who trained 156 national CHEs (3rd generation) in 72 villages who trained their churches and neighbors. It’s gone viral!!
*In the past year, we trained 3 times in West Africa. From those groups Dayo, from Nigeria, gave a vision seminar on disability in Senegal! Heartbeat for Africa (Americans) also attended: This spring June and Greg will give disability trainings in Liberia and Sierra Leone! Greg has been asked to give it in Peru! 2nd generation trainers!
*A pastor confessed and repented before his congregation for his lack of Biblical understanding and his exclusion and neglect of people with disability.
*A district denomination office hired a 15-year-old Downs gal; she is the primary wage earner in her family.
*”We believe those with seizures are witches and stone them to death. Now we know the disease and must tell our villages,” reported one trainee in Nigeria.
*Kids and families are being embraced by the church and community. Slowly the disabled, in community with disability training, are no longer hidden and isolated. They are going to school and church. Some are being employed. PRAY for more and more to hear the good news, change attitudes and transform communities.
Just as we are celebrating HIS birth at this time of year, people are experiencing a new birth of attitudes and behavior; those with disability are experiencing love and acceptance and a new way of life…truly an unexpected new birth for them. Globally, people with disability represent the largest unreached people group.
PRAY they will be sought out and embraced…and be told that the Savior loves them, too…and experience spiritual birth.
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