Visitation Teams & More!
Trained visitation teams are ready and willing to come to your congregation and give a presentation about the need, the work, and the importance of this mission.
Teams are prepared to travel throughout the state of Ohio to give these presentations, however if you are out of the area, but would like a virtual presentation, we’ll make arrangements for that as well!
If you are interested in hosting a team, please contact Deaconess Janet Nicol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Youth Gathering
Living Hope Youth Group from Hope Lutheran Church is pleased to be able to have youth from Ebenezer Ethiopian and Oromo Lutheran churches coming with them to attend the LCM National Youth Gathering in Houston this summer. Recently we had a trivia night and silent auction that was very helpful in raising funds to allow the group to attend.
Fundraising Status and Needs
We give thanks to God for the funds we have been able to raise thus far, but the need is great. Here is the current status:
Monthly Expenses: $10,473.05
Yearly Budget: $126,000.00
Raised for this fiscal year: $18,410.46
Note that Ebenezer Ethiopian has pledged to pay for the health benefits and will contributing each month.
How can I give?
Until the paperwork arrives from the IRS, we are asking that donations be made through Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury OH. These donations are tax deductible.
Hope Lutheran Church
Sunbury, OH 43074
(please write “COLIM” on the memo line)
Alternatively, you can donate through the button on this website.
Updates from Pastor Berhanu Arsse
Because we desire for you to have a better idea of the importance of the work being done through this ministry we are going to regularly share with you accounts from Pastor Berhanu Arsse. We hope that this will help you to have a better idea of what is happening, how you can be praying, and why this ministry is well worth supporting.
Below is the first installment! Enjoy!
SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS WITH SOMALI MUSLIMS
Lent 2022 Mission Highlight
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason, I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 1Timothy 1:15-16
Lent is a great season to reflect, reverberate and share the love of Jesus Christ with others who still do not know Him. The grace of God transformed Paul the persecutor into a preacher, a murderer into a missionary and minister. This same God is drawing some Somali Muslims here in Central Ohio into Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This Lent I have the joy of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with two Somali Muslims. I have been acquainted with these men for some time because they live near the apartment of one of our Somali Christians. On my March 23, 2022 visit to this neighborhood, I came across these men, and we started talking about Jesus.
These men told me they already know something about Jesus, Issa. However, they have the Quranic account of Issa in a non-salvific fashion. So, I kindly asked if they have some time to find out more about Jesus. Surprisingly they said, yes. I sensed the Lord is opening the door to share the Gospel with these men. Then I went to a Somali Christian’s apartment nearby and asked if I can show these men Jesus movie at her place. It was not an easy question for the woman. Still, this sister took a risk and allowed us to watch Jesus’ movie in her apartment.
As we watched the DVD video: The Life of Jesus the Messiah in Somali language, based on the Gospel of Luke, one of these Somali Muslim men grabbed a pen and paper and kept on taking notes. At times, he reacted, “Wow, I have not seen Jesus in this way. He is gentile, and He did nothing wrong. But they killed Him anyway.” That gave us a chance to pause and talk about why Jesus had to die on the cross?
I and our Somali Christian sister told them Jesus died in our place, for us, to pay for our sins. Both men finished watching the two-hour-long movie about Jesus with curiosity, even saying Ameen, as it concluded with scripture from the book of Revelation 22:12-21. They were willing to meet again, and they show interest to follow Jesus. Thanks be to God!
…. at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue Phi. 2:10-22
- That these two men, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will be able to trust, take up their crosses and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
- April 1, 2022 marks Ramadan kickoff, the annual 30 days of (Somali) Muslims fasting when they attempt to increase spiritual piety and somehow earn the favor of Allah. Please pray for us to share the Gospel with clarity and for God to open their heart to hear and receive the Gospel of grace.
- For the safety of our Somali Christian sister in the unsafe neighborhood.
- Transportation: used cars for donation to Somali Christians in need, gas card.
- To get apartments in safe areas close to a Lutheran congregation where they can worship safely.