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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010

Progress Report Of 2010 Ethiopian Assignment

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It is our special joy in the Lord to report to you that God has helped our Ethiopian brethren to obtain the necessary permits to build the Bible college and the church in the property that we have purchased in Alem Gena, Ethiopia. Firstly, we needed to obtain the government’s permission to change the use of land from industrial to church use. Secondly, we also needed a special building permit to construct the necessary buildings for the church and the Bible college. We thank God that both have been granted. For your rejoicing, we publish below the e-mail from Rev Ephrem, reporting on the above progress, and also copies of the permits obtained (These are in Amharic and Oromo languages of Ethiopia). All glory be to God.

– Pastor Koshy

Dear Rev Koshy,

Greetings in the blessed name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Praise God for His infinite mercy upon us and upon His work committed to us. Today, we have seen the final of one thing that leads to another beginning. Finally, the building permit is granted for the Church and Bible College premises.

Attached is the copy of the new title deed, the building permit and the letter authorizing the change of land use from business to church purpose. Though you cannot read and understand them, you can file them for documentation.

Let us rejoice in the Lord for His past goodness and faithfulness as we pray and work on the remaining project trusting in God's sovereign wisdom and provisions.

Please convey our gratitude to all Gethsemaneans, friends and like-minded brethren who have been praying for and sacrificially giving towards the accomplishment of God's work here in Ethiopia.

Have a blessed week.

Yours in Christ's service,

Ephrem

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