Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010

Rev Ephrem Chiracho's Letter To Gethsemaneans

Written by Rev Ephrem Chiracho Sunday, 06 June 2010

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Dear Pastor and Session of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church,

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:20).

Gethsemane B-P Church of Ethiopia held her 4th anniversary and the outreach ministry at Alem Gena its 1st anniversary. When we look back on the work of the LORD for these years, we see His unfailing love and faithfulness. God has preserved, prospered and strengthened the Church by His mighty providence. In His infinite wisdom, God has chosen to work through weak and undeserving vessels. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). At this juncture, we would like to praise God for your steadfast and sacrificial support of God’s work in Ethiopia. It is our prayer that all that you have done will bear much fruit for the glory of the living and true God, for the edification of His people, and for the salvation of sinners.

Gethsemane’s 4th anniversary thanksgiving service was held on 30th May 2010. This occasion is set apart especially to give thanks to the LORD for His infinite mercy upon the Church in providing fund for building a Church and a Bible College in Alem Gena through your sacrificial giving as well as the support of like-minded brethren in sister B-P churches. When God’s people arise to do His work being united in one spirit, the God of heaven is faithful to prosper them. This is what we have witnessed in our labours together with you. Now, the plan for the Church and Bible College is ready for submission to the authorities to get the building permit.

During this anniversary thanksgiving service, by God’s grace, we had two adult baptisms, three infant baptisms and two transfer of membership. Our pastor, the Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy, preached God’s message with great zeal and enthusiasm to the people gathered for this occasion. The theme of the message was “Defending the Faith” taken from Jude and Matthew 24. Actually, Rev Koshy began to expound on the book of Jude last Lord’s Day (23rd May 2010). Moreover, Dn Lok Kwok Wah briefed the congregation on the various ministries of Gethsemane B-P Church at home and in mission fields and exhorted the people to love the Lord wholeheartedly and to be committed to live a life of obedience.

The Bible conference on Friday was well attended and Pastor Koshy preached an evangelistic message in the first session and exhortation in the second session. After the service, a young lady confessed her faith in Christ. Praise God for the blessing in the sowing of the seed of the Word to produce fruit unto eternal life. Pray that this lady, Meron by name, may grow in the Lord.

On Tuesday evening, Pastor Koshy gave training to the full-time staff and brethren who hold leadership
positions in the various ministries of the Church. Likewise, on Wednesday evening, he taught all the brethren who are serving the Lord in the Church here in Addis Ababa and the outreach at Alem Gena. Based on 1 Peter 4:10-11, Pastor exhorted the brethren to use their various gifts to serve others and build up one another in Christ focusing on the glory of God.

We also enjoyed blessed time of fellowship with Rev Koshy and Dn Kwok Wah who used every opportunity to encourage the brethren to remain steadfast in the Lord and faithfully labour in God’s vineyard. Their visit was attended with much spiritual blessings for the whole Church.

During this trip, Rev Koshy and Dn Lok visited the property in Alem Gena twice. On the second visit, we took the contractor along to discuss how the proposed plan fits into the actual area of the plot, on how to do the fencing, and other related matters. It was a blessed time altogether.

God bless you all and convey our heartiest greetings to the whole church.

Yours in Christ,

Rev Ephrem Chiracho, on behalf of Gethsemane B-P
Church of Ethiopia