朱肇平代禱信2019年2月

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親愛的弟兄姊妹平安:

        從埃塞俄比亞恭祝新年快樂!感謝主的幫助,我們終於在1月11日將「阿比西尼亞營」會員大會的報告呈交宗教局了。這個年會是在2018年11月舉行,由於要制定兩項新增的重要預算,包括從現時2194平方米的營地移除電線杆和電線,以及營地即將發展的新項目,所以報告便被拖延。

        有關即將發展項目的財政預算內容,我將會在下個通訊與你分享,先將印在會員大會報告上的概要列下:

1.      阿比西尼亞營地經常費 350,000.00 比爾
2.      從現時營址移除電線杆和電線 101,716.17比爾
3.      即將發展項目 926,900.15比爾
        1,378,616.32比爾(約港幣39萬元)

        當我告訴政府官員有關延遲呈交報告的原因,是為要把即將發展項目制定預算時,他接受了我的解釋,沒有要求繳交罰款,所有的文件都順利呈交了。

        遞交報告後往吃午飯,之後回到我租住的房屋,駭然發現家居被人爆竊,睡房和書房的門鎖都被撬破,物件散落一地一片凌亂。我有點震驚,因為這是我在埃塞這麼多年來第一次被入屋爆竊。

        感謝信實的主!除了損失了三、四千比爾(birrs) 和一只加拿大弟兄姊妹送給我的新腕表,並少量物品外,其他重要的東西都沒有失竊。電腦、數碼相機、攝錄機、量度輻射的儀器等,還有護照、居住證、支票簿,以及所有關於阿比西尼亞營地的檔案和文件,全都安然留在屋內。

        雖然有主的保守,但我們仍須採取預防措施,避免另一次被盜。所以我聘請了鐵匠來為家居安裝有刺的鐵絲網、換上更安全穩固的門鎖、在前門和後門加上保安防盜鎖,又在我套房露台外加上金屬格網。窗戶沒有安裝格網,賊人很容易爬入打破玻璃門窗。這次他們便是這樣從鐵欄爬入,打破前門的玻璃門了。

        此外,也在左面鄰居的大閘上加上防盜鐵絲網,居住在右面的鄰居是一對退休夫婦,他們雖然早已用混凝土磚加高了圍牆,這次他們也聘用了鐵匠,請他在完成我家的防盜設施後,為他們那精美的房子安裝防盜鐵絲網。阿比西尼亞營可借出打磨機和焊接機讓他們自由使用。我所住的這條街共有六戶,大家正在商議是否在街頭和街尾兩端加裝大閘和聘請保安。

        請代禱記念!

為主收莊稼的
朱肇平

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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

        Warm New Year greeting to all of you from Ethiopia! Our Lord has been helping us that we were finally able to submit our ACM General Assembly (2017 to 18) to the Religious bureau of the Federal government on 11/Jan/2019. The reason we were late (the Assembly being held Nov., 2018) was this year budget has to include 2 major things, which are the removal of poles and wires from our current 2,194 sq. m Site and the other being the budget for our ‘Immediate Phase’ development.

        The breakdown of the ‘Immediate Phase’ budget will be send to you in details of Joseph’s New Year Update news. Let me layout for your reference the summary in our Assembly report:

  1. ACM yearly general expenses: 350,000.00 birrs
  2. Removal of poles & electric wires from our current Site: 101,716.17 birrs
  3. Immediate Phase: 926,900.15 birrs

Total: 1,378,616.32 birrs

        When I explained to an official at the Fed. Ministry the reason for our being late, which was due to working out all the details of the ‘Immediate Phase’ budget, he accepted it and with no fine all the pack of documents was thus submitted successfully!

        However, on the same day of 11/Jan (Friday) when I returned to the Ayat rented house after lunch hour, I was shocked to see the house was broken into and both my bed room and study with locks broken and everything laying in confusion everywhere. I was very shocked because it was the 1st time this kind of burglary happening to me after all these years in Ethiopia.

        How thankful I was to my faithful Lord that except a few thousand birrs (3 to 4 thousand) and a new watch (given by a group in Canada yet I never wore it) and a few minor items being taken away, all those vital things remained! Important things like the computers, digital camera, the meter testing radiation, video recording camera & many others…plus passport, residence permit, cheque books, and all those ACM documents and files…were still in the house!

        Yet even with His divine protection we must take measures to prevent burglary happening again. So throughout the past week, with a metal man we were installing the very sharp thief-wires, changing stronger and more secure locks, adding special reinforcement (with additional security pad locks) for the front and back doors of the house, adding metal grills (which includes my bed room, with an attached bathroom, with a balcony. The thieves could climb up easily and broke the glass of the door without any grill — like how they crashed the glass of the front door this time after climbing in through the iron sheet fence)

        We also installed thief wires on top of the neighbors’ gate at the left. At the right the neighbors (a retired couple) were adding new cement blocks to heighten the wall surrounding their compound. They also asked the metal worker, after finishing with my house perhaps tomorrow, to install sharp hook thief wires surrounding their nice house. ACM will let them use our grinders & welding machine free for our next door neighbors. The 6 houses on our street are also talking about setting up a wide iron grill gates on both ends of the road with a guard.

        Please remember me and the ministries in Ethiopia!

In His harvests,
Joseph

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主內常代禱的兄姊們平安:

        這封信必需以感恩開始,因為有神兒女們在父前屈膝,讓我們在埃賽的禾場看見祂奇妙的作為。首先有關工作証,在主恩助下,我於三月底如期續簽新証。第二、我們營工需「Justice Bureau——法公局」出一封支持信,其間難處此起彼伏,歷時數月奔走於基層法公局、區政府法公局及最高首都法公局。基層局更需區政府之「環保局」為我們營工出一信,証明我們並無噪音滋擾周圍的人(按:這新例乃源於人們對靈恩教會的許多投訴)。如此,從基層到區政府至抵總部這最後一關,又碰上這難題:原來2010埃賽新年Federal宗教部新條例當中,沒有提及因遲交文件而出支持信(註:宗教局長年一貫要求Justice Office為此出信)。然而主一再幫助,經法公總局Commander發令要部長出信宗教局,又得宗教局長回信後,終於在6月8日,我們從法公Justice總部,取得了支持信,呈交宗教局!

        還有很多數算主恩的事項,如:一個月半前從加拿大一間華人教會,透過特快空郵獲得在埃賽第一部測量電壓輻射儀表(a meter testing Electromagnetic field radiation)。這一部可掌握的測量儀,從以下的分享,你會知道其重要性。

觀覽營址(2,194平方米)之未來:

        幾年前,有塔型高壓(230 kV)電流鋼線,共7條,距我們現址邊緣向北約95-45米,時常嘶嘶作聲。從高壓線而產生之地磁輻射(electromagnetic field radiation)對人體健康之影響,已有不少專研報告。就舉一實例,位於營址北有一乳牛房,接近7條高電壓線,自從通電後,母乳牛常常流產。

        當這小測儀告訴我們,營址未來無論是建男生或女生營舍、營工宿舍、主樓或小型宿舍等,都不受向北這230 kV高壓線之影響。(按:儀測器的指標若越過3 Milligauss (mg),就跨進了紅色危險區,然我們未來各址多坐落向南部位,其指標僅1-1.2mg或1.5-2mg)是的,天父豈會將危害健康的基址賜給我們呢?

        當你打開「營址分配圖」,就會瞭解目前我們營址受地磁極輻射影響只有局部性兩個地方,一(E.2)向東南4條線(乃一般電流線),由於較接近地面,向左右約3-5米指標達6-7-8mg,電力局已將4線轉向撤離收費告之,相當昂貴為24,392.73 birrs。(E.1)向西北的三條較E.2粗壯的中電壓線(medium tension of 15,000 V),本週電力局派人到營址估量,認為不僅營址那電桿,向西2-3電捍都向北遷移成一直線。其計劃甚好,然收費可遠超E.2。故我們把電流線外遷都交託信實的主!

        我們2,194平方營址眼前要完成(Immediate Phase)事項有四:
        1)兩個單位(2 sets)共四廁所四浴室;
        2)用組合方式(將來可拆離)完成3男營房;
        3)舖好紅砂球場(red-sand playground);
        4)購買一台合適的發電機(generator)。
        待營工6,500平方新址成就後,現址的主樓(the future main building)將按青年中心而非青少年營去設計興建。雖看見各方對室內25米泳池反應積極,然這設施涉及多方,如水井需鑽深到七十至一百米,需四個法國製造的水溫調節器,更重要的是有資格的游泳教練前來事奉,此乃我們未來繼續需要尋求神旨及祂清楚印証的一環。

向著6,500平方營工團契及體育場地邁進

        這個場地在2017-18年前孕育,如今我們在父神引導下,終於完成了這團契及體育場地(118 x 55 = 6,500 平方米)的鳥瞰分配圖。我們從一小營工向著一中型營工邁進——場地之主樓配有:
        a)青少年聚會所——Youth chapel可容200-250營友;
        b)24間(每室4.24 x 1.70平方)團契及讀經室(24 fellowship & Bible study rooms);
        c)飯堂——12 x 10平方;
        d)室內乒乓球室——12 x 10平方;
        e)高度達7米之室內羽毛球場館——18 x 10平方。

        那小小的磁輻射測量儀又助我們作出重要的分配安排——新址上無論是青少年聚會所,24間團契室,5×5平方在樓頂之「祈禱室」,22.2 x 6.5平方高5層之宿舍樓,以及U型之馬房,其輻射指標從南至北端只不過1–1.5 Milliguass,全都坐落安全地帶(safe zone)!場地向北之邊界,為118米,與似乎平行之230kV高壓電流鋼線相距約50米,測量指標接近3mg而未越過進入紅色危險區,我們要感謝祂的安排!

        在今日地價高漲(soaring land leasing prices)之首都,這塊6,500米方之新址實屬難能可貴的了。我們需要向山舉目,向造天地的耶和華懇求,使營工再次從市政府,再次免費(free!)得著這塊向東向西北景觀壯麗的美地!

前程似錦之奇妙出現

        在「營址(2,194 sq.m)分配圖」接近完成時,出現這奇妙的事情:就是營址北擺上像指路小牌謂:「向西前進200-300米距離可達6,500平方米之營工團契及體育場地」,然而從HP Printer出現的竟是:「向西前程似錦進200-300米距離可達6,500平方米之」營工團契及體育場地。

        起初是很詫異想將它刪除,然後來靈裡有感受:是誰的手將前程似錦加插其間?又其出現地方乃指向6,500平方之新址,意義重大。好像恩主藉此鼓舞我們:營工雖小,然不要憂慮不可懼怕,要剛強勇往直前,因為主所開那條路美如錦繡,光明如日午!

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Ethiopia Newsletter

Joseph Chu(June to Aug, 2017)

        This Update was dispatched to you on today the 11th of September – which is the first day of the Ethiopian New Year of 2010. Let me first quote from Psalm 37:4-5 :

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.”

        These Scriptures assure us that when our joy is in the Lord, which means our abiding in Him producing the fruit of joy in the Spirit, He will grant us the desires of our heart. These verses will mean a lot to ACM as we are anticipating God-sent laborers in our ministries, men and women who are in the Light be our contracted paid workers, ‘Phrase by Phrase’ development of our Camp Site in the days ahead, and many others. Yes, commit our ways to the Lord, fully trust in Him, and He will accomplish it on our behalf!

The Prospect of a Youth Centre:  In our original Proposal & Profile over 13 years ago, ACM has already projected these two arms of Ministry, namely the ‘Youth Camp’ and the ‘Youth Centre.’ In the original plan, these two were intended to be separate with the Youth Camp on our current Camp Site whereas the Youth Center would be somewhere in a strategic location in the Capital city. But due to the very high rental cost these days in Addis Ababa it is unfeasible for ACM to look for a place, say just around 300 to 400 sq. meters, to function as a Youth Centre.

        In various interaction with people, this idea of combining the ‘Youth Camp’ (targeting juniors from 7 to 15 years) and the ‘Youth Center’ on our Camp Site has been very positive. Unlike the Camping outreach, the Youth Center will focus on older youth from 15 to 19 but not excluding those in their 20’s. Besides those more affluent residential areas such as Ayat Villages and Summit, let me present these statistics of those government Condominium (for the mass of people) close to our Camp Site: a) Yeka Abado Condominium with an anticipated population of 43,000; b) Yeka Ayat Condo. 1 around 15,000; c) Yeka Ayat Condo.2 around 17,000; d) Chofa Ayat Condo.1 around 35,000; e) Chofa Ayat Condo. 2 around 23,000. Out of the total combined population of these 5 Condominium Complex of up to 133,000, 40% will be youth and children. So clearly the city people are moving steadily to our area close to the border of Addis Ababa which means New Flower in Amharic.

        The ‘Abyssinia Youth Centre’ may likely be incorporated into the Final Phrase of the development of our 2,200 sq. m Camp Site. Like the Youth Camp, the Center will also be Bible oriented. Besides facilities like library and canteen, there will be regular “Scriptural Counseling” service plus weekly ‘Film Show’ and Bible clubs. We also envision ‘Language Classes’ say teaching English & French & Mandarin, ‘Musical Instruments classes’, and ‘Computer Classes’ etc. Bible time is not optional but it will accompany whatever Classes being tailored out for the Youth.

Wait patiently for the Lord:  Patience is something that none of God’s people can be exempted from here in Ethiopia. We have been waiting for the new City Master Plan for over 9 months now. It was told us about one month ago that the City mayor had affixed his important signature on this set of documents, which still need the final binding and may likely to emerge during the New Year months.

        We must pray without ceasing for the laborers ACM has been waiting for, whether a couple to serve as our Programmer or the vital big brothers and big sisters for our overall program and expansion. Prayer is our responsibility whereas thrusting forth laborers is the sole work only the Lord of harvest can accomplish.

        Lack of patience will always lead to compromise, which we could recall painfully with our employees at ACM. We do always pray for children of Light yet without patience we, with Joseph in particular, were tempted to employ people with certain skills yet clearly without Christ. In every case of such compromise, without a single exception, our Camping Ministry suffered ending in things dishonoring the name of our Lord.

Transference of vehicles finally accomplished:  This is another praise item that with the good cooperation of SIM Personnel here and with our amended Constitution authorizing our manager to sell and to buy, the whole transference was finally completed by the end of August.

The Gospel booklet Outreach:  Over one month ago the reprint of ‘The Mystery of the Cross’ in Amharic came out. 3000 booklets were printed costing 3.60 birrs each. Pray for the effective distribution of this Amharic booklet and may some be taken up to the Orthodox north spreading far and wide in this ancient land.

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        With funds (contributions up to around 50,000 birrs) said to be available in Hong Kong, we are ready for the printing a new Gospel booklet ‘Born from heaven’ with 7000 in Amharic, 5000 in English, and for the first time planning to print 3000 copies in Chinese. It is still quite small in view of over 100,000 Chinese from mainland China in Ethiopia these days. This booklet’s theme will be on repentance in relation to new birth from heaven. It will boldly tackle all those most deadly obstacles that have been blinding millions from finding the path of life to God. Thus this booklet could offend particularly those who are deeply religious yet devoid of the Spirit of Christ. Let’s hold up this Gospel booklet ministry before His throne of grace!

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Ethiopia Newsletter

Joseph Chu(Jan to April, 2017)

 

Phil 2:13 may aptly serve as an opening for this Newsletter: “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  This Report will go far back to the beginning of ‘Abyssinia Camping Ministry’ (ACM), reviewing its two major milestones, and looking forward for this year of 2017.

 

ACM began at the turn into the New Millennium:

Started small with a Stable and other facilities at the borderline of Addis Ababa about 17 years ago, we, whether foreign missionaries or Ethiopian believers, nevertheless all conceived that our humble site was conducive to camping outreach to young people.

At the turn of the New Millennium we used to take boys and girls to our Site for horse-back riding, football, archery, netting fish, and hiking……Plus a Bible time which still remains as the backbone of this Ministry.  After these many years, things have changed a lot such as cluster after cluster of Condominiums (i.e. Government built apartment blocks for the mass) shot up all around (the photo with Shemson running on a meadow today being dotted with condominiums in the distant background), no more fish in the stream as being polluted, a heavy-duty six cable power line with towers running within view from our Site, and more and more people moving from the city taking up residence in our area….  In spite of the changing faces of all the surrounding, our Site still retains certain countryside flavor in her distant rolling mountains, the wooded area (being designated the government as ‘Green Area’) and water are still running in the nearby streams.

 

The first Milestone of ACM in 2005:

In early July of 2005 ACM was registered with the Government as a national Christian faith Ministry.  As we look back, again our Lord was prompting us through His indwelling Spirit then that this Camping endeavor should be registered national but not foreign.  After 12 years in 2017, when many NGO foreign Christian organizations included, are being faced with this trend – increasing difficulty in getting new work permits.  We heard that the government has been more lenient with national entities in regard to granting work permits.  Our Lord made no mistake in leading ACM into our first Milestone in 2005!

 

The second Milestone of ACM in 2016:

As being reported in a number of updates before, the Lord’s hand was helping enabling us to get through every hurdle that came up throughout the entire process.  Just around 9 months of time during September of 2016, ACM had acquired our Title Certificate for 2,194 square meters of land without time limit.  It is common in Addis Ababa, whether private homes or organizations, in spending years to get the karta – without which no land could be legally occupied and developed.  An Elder of an evangelical church recalled it took them 4 years in finally acquiring the karta!   As we look back, we know that God’s invisible hand was helping us every step of the way in response to the prayer of His blood-redeemed children in diverse places!

 

What about the Sport Complex on the meadow?

Many of you have already known that for years we are contemplating another 6,500 sq. meters on the meadow to be used for our sports activities. However, we were faced with two big hurdles if pursuing this plot of land from the City government. The 1st hurdle is that to acquire open land free the City government requires a 70% deposit of the total amount to complete the proposed Project. That is to say if 10 millions birrs be required for the completion of the Sport Complex, the government needs to see 7 millions in our ACM bank A/C or no granting of land.

The 2nd hurdle is even more formidable, which is the requirement to enter an agreement with the government in ‘Serving the Community.’  (Note: in Ethiopia any ‘Serving the Community’ agreement with the government, as a rule, falls under Development thus by law no spiritual activities such as Bible or prayer were allowed) Input given us from experienced personnel have been: “be cautious for ‘Serving the Community’ could be tricky in its requirements down the road…” or “…this could lead to complication rapidly for ACM as a Christian entity…”  In short, warnings to us not to compromise our Christian faith for a plot of land free from the City authorities.

Just around February how we thanked our Lord for 2 precious input, of the same nature, from 2 of our ACM members. Both pointed out a new feasible way that instead of pursuing another karta for 6,500 sq. m of land, we can contribute to build a medium-size soccer field on the same meadow, leveling the land properly and erecting 2 solid goals plus surrounding the field with short stone landmark. The local Kebele administration will appreciate this kind of contribution from our Camping Ministry.  In this manner, we will be totally free from the two above mentioned big hurdles.  The meadow land will always remain under the City government whereas the soccer field will serve the community youth plus of course we at ACM can also use the field from time to time.  When God has put a desire in our hearts through His Spirit, He will also bring it to fruition in due course!

 

Embarking on ‘Phrase by Phrase Development’:

With much patience, we are still waiting for the final outcome of the new Addis Ababa City Master Plan, said to be in its final stage now. When the new Master Plan has emerged, our current Karta will be able to be amended in getting rid of this clause of ‘no masonry work permitted’.

With just around 2,200 sq. meters of land on our Site, we will stick realistically to our original goal of serving 100 campers – with facilities to lodge 50 boys and 50 girls. When the karta amendment being done, we will make known our ‘Immediate Phrase’, which we will set before our Lord for helping us to accomplish fully.  Only with the ‘Immediate Phrase’ fully completed will we embark on another new Phrase.  Each Phrase will be geared towards the final goal of serving 100 campers, plus if the Lord so directs to combine our future ‘Abyssinia Youth Center’ on the same Site of our Youth Camp. At ACM we shall not depart from our long tradition ofTrusting in the Lord fully’  and steering away from any solicitation of funds.

 

Pray for laborers:

This final heading focuses on the need of God-sent laborers, whether a younger couple to serve as our Programmer (a commitment of at least 3 years) and a young man or woman with a God-endowed love for youth yet also possessing horsemanship in order to head up a riding program. Again a commitment no less than 2 years.

Then pray to our Lord for big brothers and big sisters so vital for all our program whether English or Amharic.  With our past endeavor to some nearby churches for volunteers or youth department of denomination yet with little responses. Only our Lord can lead us to the right young man and woman (College age quite desirable) who fear Him and honor and love His word and who can be a living example before the youngsters. Today in Addis Ababa there are too many church young people who are pursuing after prosperity and health and who enjoy the so-called gifts of the Spirit yet so many do not even have a personal assurance of salvation! We never ask the Lord for this sort of laborers.  We firmly believe that true laborers, sent by our Lord of harvests in response to the unceasing pleading of His children, will be the key to lasting fruitfulness at ACM!

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主內兄姊們平安:

 

耶利米先知告訴我們:「你求告我我就應允你並將你所不知道又大又難的事指示你」(耶33:3)從地契(karta)申請過程起伏變化難測,正因為有神的兒女在施恩座前祈求,讓我將最新的發展告之如下:

 

主又恩助克服了人的阻撓

上週五(9月30日)當我們到首都Municipality市土地局,呈上營工ACM 有關文件,起初那位土地租借署(Land Leasing Office)主管態度似冷淡,然查閱了那宗教局(Federal Ministry)為營工出的那信,印證了營工確實為宗教性的機構,即將我們轉移到法律部門。法律部門的主任律師同樣地在閱讀那封宗教局發出的信後,表示他們將出信給Yeka 區政府土地局,指示他們去處理我們營工地契的事情。

今日週一(10月3日)當我步入Municipality的市土地局,正好碰上那位主任律師,說今日已將信送達Yeka區政府的土地局,謂我可以接洽無證土地租借之地契發出室(Document-less Land Leasing)的主任,說我們只需約一週的時間就可取得地契。

這鼓舞人心的消息催迫自己同日下午去到Yeka的無證土地局,見到了那主任,他說當時要去見法律部某律師。於是我又見到那青年律師(註:他曾答覆我詢問有關其部門可為營工出哪類地契的5個問題),他的態度因上級所出的指示而有了大轉變,說現在可透過宗教組織名義(religious organization)為ACM營工出地契。那位主任說下週一(10月10日)我們可到其辦事處,意味著karta之發出!

請兄姊同工們不息的儆醒禱求直到地契之成就   

 

肇平於  Addis Ababa

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親愛的主內弟兄姊妹平安:

 

在這寒冷而潮濕的雨季,送上溫暖的問候。

 

願頌讚歸與我們的神!祂讓我們透過卑微的服侍見證祂的大信實。營工近況如下:

 

阿比西尼亞營的Karta(即Title Deed地契)申請接近完成:

雖然我不曾向你們細說申請過程的每個細節,但營工的董事會主席Sammy 清楚知道每個經歷,在一個祈禱會中,他感謝主,說:「…主啊!我們讚美祢,karta的申請在人看來似是渺茫,但祢卻使它成為事實,且幫助我們排除萬難,現正邁向完成階段…」

在整個申請過程中,我們接觸各個政府部門,包括測量辦公廳(Survey Office)、法律辦公廳(Law Office),不能預計的困難接踵而來,然而主是我們的幫助,祂察看一切,帶領著每一步!現在我們正等候那最終的審批:核實阿比西尼亞營工是屬於基督教非牟利的信心事工,而不是歸類為城市規劃中的商業發展用途。部門的負責人請我下星期五(譯按:8月5日)再到辦事處,完成這個程序後,我們便可如地契部(Title Deed Issuing Bureau)的職員所說,隨即獲發地契了。讓我們為此切切代禱,直至得著阿比西尼亞營工的地契。

 

八月第二個週日是阿比西尼亞營工會員大會

八月十四日為本年年會,願每一位會員不論男女都殷勤地為營工付出一點力量,把年會的事情帶到祂的施恩座前。

 

為車輛轉移手續祈求

在過去的四、五個月,我們曾到文件鑒定部(Document Authentication bureaus)走過五、六次,國際事工差會(SIM)總幹事和我們的經理Ato. Gashaw也一起同行,可是每一次部門的職員都要求SIM呈交新的文件。因此,讓我們把兩部車輛和兩部摩托車要由國際事工差會轉至阿比西尼亞營工的手續交託給主,懇求祂幫助,讓手續早日完成!

 

 

在禾場上收割的弟兄
朱肇平

 
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主內弟兄姊妹平安:

 

首先在主裡向你們問安。有關埃賽工場消息,現謹扼要述說幾件事項如下:

 

  • 為Residence Permit居留證感恩:去年九月下旬之居留證辦理過程,竟然需要去到Immigration之最高辦公室(The top man office),乃全然意想不到的。最後獲Immigration首長下筆批下可以發證。感謝主。
  • 為兩汽車及兩摩托車(motorcycles)過transfer:約1個半月前我們欣悉阻撓此事之人, 已被SIM免職。上週六我取得長時被扣Kia之Title book,同日下午完成了每年一次之vehicle annual inspection,本週將到交通局2008(Ethiopia year)之bolo即每年之車駛行證。請繼續為車子從SIM過ACM,求主幫助得速成就。
  • 為營工向政府申請karta(即Title Deed地契),求天父施恩,雖面對似乎重重困難,但在神豈有難成的事嗎?

 

最近首都市政府(Addis Ababa City Government)之土地局告之我們:「ACM你們的Karta申請,當向Yeka區政府之土地局進行…由於你們的營址已超過10年歷史,又有衛星空攝(鳥瞰圖),故可直接申請…」

 

但從Yeka區政府土地署的指示,卻與市政府有出入,說ACM於10年前簽的99年”Land Contracting Agreements”並非無效(not invalid),我們若從Kebele 13(從Yeka區政府之下乃最基層之kebele政府)取得他們的証明書(i.e. verifying our “Land Contracting Agreements”),當kebeke之證明書抵Yeka土地署,他們就會為ACM營工辦 Karta事情。

 

Karta的確對ACM前面的發展,如增建設施及法律層面等等,是不能或缺的要環。然而Kebele能為營工多年前之合約出證明嗎?前面的發展將如何?讓我們把這一切帶到主施恩寶座前,向祂懇求!

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Dear brothers & sisters,

Warm greeting in the name of our Lord & Savior!  He has been so faithful to us and may we also prove our genuine love for Him by keeping His commandments with our whole heart.

Let me update you first on our General Assembly documents submission. Last Friday, i.e. the day before our expiration, we were at the Fed. Ministry about 10:30 AM only to be told that all their offices were empty. It was due to a big governmental gathering being held currently at Hawassa.
This Friday (10th of July), however, the Fed. Ministry will be opened again for half a day. We were told that our submitting our documents a few days late should have no problem. Pray for our submission on this Friday that it will lead to what we heard before of a 5-year duration this time. When that happens ACM will not need to renew year by year but just to submit our annual General Assembly Record with the Annual Activities Report plus the Audit Report once a year.

With this General Assembly, 5 new members have been accepted. Yet 2 former members have left already – Wondi for the U.S. and Eden Emeru for personal reasons. Aida will depart for Hamburg, Germany within weeks to join her husband Ato. Meheret-Ab, who was assigned as the Counsel General of the Ethiopian Consulate there. Pastor Mattewos, our General Assembly chairman, lost her mother in the South. He couldn’t make it to our General Assembly on the 28th of June because of the funeral week tradition he had to observe in Addis Ababa.

Let me also update you on our 26 meters deep well which needs deepening. We have been praying about this for a long time. Yesterday, after a weekly meeting with Sammy on Tuesday morning, Joseph drove straight to Mojo – a town about 75 km south of Addis Ababa. When approaching the town, I stopped the Kia and asked whether this was Mojo. The 2 men walking toward Joseph, who gave the affirmative, turned out to be experienced well-diggers.  They heartily accepted our offer of 1,000 birrs per meter and were happy when hearing that we would provide them lodging and food.
The work will start very soon and expected to complete from 7 to 10 days.  Pray for safety throughout this whole process of digging down for 10 meters for these 2 men. If within that range the well spring eye could be hit opened, that could mean unfailing water supply all year round.  Yes, let us lift up our eyes to the hill for our help does come from the Lord the Creator of heaven and earth!

Let me also brief you on what AFX – a Hydropower Engineering Co., from China, had estimated for us for a complete job of drilling a well 70-80 meters deep. It will embrace everything from all the casing, gravel pack and submersible pump. Their Chinese manager, with his Ethiopian colleague, gave us a price of 488,800 birrs – which is just about the cost of a median luxury sedan car. (Note: the manager Mr. Liu said that for our Camping Ministry this quoted price can be lowered if there is a real need) Of course, this will be the best long-term solution for unfailing water supply, which was said to be sufficient even to supply water to the community around. Again we commit this drilling a well to our Lord. If this be His will He will surely provide!

Joseph

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