"Be dogmatically true, obstinately holy, immovably honest, and desperately kind." - Charles Spurgeon
FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
This week I am working on updates and newsletters as an excuse to include as many Olympic stories as I can find. So many cool stories about the power of sport to lead, teach and unite. Particularly obsessed with the backgrounds of the Refugee Team.
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Psalm 27:1
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: Ethiopia
Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea in the late 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for supporting nations to be wise in their programs and not cause diminished work ethic among Ethiopians.
- Pray for a resurgence of the deep Christian beliefs held by this nation from the earliest Church history.
- Pray for militant Muslims to know the truth of Jesus Christ and to stop persecuting believers.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers in the field.
- Pray for the US office.