Today most of our TLI Bishoftu team arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I say “most” because one member of our team has already been in Addis Ababa one month. Let me introduce the rest of us.
1. Dr. Rusty Osborne is a professor of Biblical Studies at College of the Ozarks. He has been to Cameroon and Kenya with TLI but this is his first trip to Ethiopia.
2. Bob Klint is a retired electrician in Michigan, who has taught under TLI in Romania, Philippines, and twice before in Bishoftu.
3. Mircea “Buni” Ionescu is a violin teacher in Louisville, KY, studying at Southern Seminary. He too has taught with TLI in Romania and Bishoftu.
4. I, Gil Zinke, live near Wheaton, IL, am on TLI staff, and train wherever I’m sent.
Bob, Rusty and I met up in Chicago. After an uneventful flight to rainy Washington DC, Remus, a friend of Bob picked us up, took us to our hotels and spent the evening with us. Buni joined us for supper when he arrived in DC. After a good night’s rest we got on the 13-hour flight from Washington DC to Addis. It was fairly smooth. There were a few babies who howled much of the trip.
We expected our in-country coordinator, Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema to meet us in Addis Ababa. Instead we received the sad news that his mother had died on Monday. She was buried on Wednesday, and he was still at home comforting his family. He will meet us after church tomorrow. We will go to Bishoftu then, not this afternoon as planned earlier.
Taking Pastor Tesfaye’s place was Pastor Gezahegn (ge ZAI en), a man who discipled Pastor Tesfaye when he was a young adult. Pastor Gezahegn took us to the University of Addis Ababa’s Museum of Ethiopian Ethnological Studies, then got us to our hotel and arranged for our transportation to church tomorrow. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and napping. The time zone change has really wiped us out!
You are welcome to pray that we will all quickly adjust to this time change and be ready to start the training on a strong note Monday morning. We teach the two little books of Ruth and Jonah, and how to preach from them.
The fifth member of our training team is Tesfaye Tesfaye Robele Sede, an Ethiopian man (no relation to Tesfaye Nenko) who has completed both a Th. M degree and a Doctorate of Ministry in the USA. He is now on TLI staff and this will be his first training with us. His specialty is apologetics (giving reasons for belief in Christ). We are looking forward to getting to know him!
Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel and your prayers! Worship well tomorrow! Good night
Gil Zinke, for the team
International Trainer, TLI