Urgent Christmas Prayer

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I need to request some prayer for the NGO proposal. This is the required proposal that was submitted to the government one and a half months ago. Normally the process for approval takes a week, per other organizations that have been approved. However, the Beza proposal submitted by a fine gentleman, Elias, has taken too long. Elias is the leader of the Entoto project and has worked ardently for a couple years trying to get this NGO status straightened out. He has been to the government office many times lately and the last time was told he will get an answer by the end of this week. Well that isn’t the first time he has been told that, but this time it was followed up by a “ if you don’t get it this week you will have to wait two months”!!

Waiting two months is a bad situation and will test me to the limits. Who knows why he is getting the run around, money, distrust, or what? If this NGO proposal is not approved now it means the street kid project will by all that harder to start for two more months. It also could pose problems for the Entoto project. So please pray that it gets approved for an AWESOME Christmas present.

Speaking of Christmas: The Ethiopian Christmas is on January 7th. It may sound like that means two Christmas’s but from what I have seen and heard both Christmas don’t stack up the Christmas in America. It just doesn’t seem like a big deal here. I can’t say I will miss any of the materialism of America. I am blessed with and respect that lack of materialism that is consistent throughout my family. Thank you Lord.

I will however miss the time with family a ton. Luckily, I will be able to supplement that with Christmas for the kids on January 10th(best day that works for volunteers and all of us). I can’t wait for that. We have been fortunate enough to have a group in Church called “Destiny” agree to sponsor the food, new pants, and new shirts for the 25 boys. I will be starting new traditions but will be missing the ones from home. I will miss starting a fire with dad, watching “it’s a wonderful life with mom and dad”, visiting the grandparents and extended family, watching a new movie on Christmas day, eating nachos and cheese on Christmas Eve, begrudgingly putting out luminaries on Christmas eve, the endless amount of parties in DC and more. I am thankful to have this opportunity to finally appreciate the blessings in my life. It is a shame it took so much to kick me in the butt!

Well I am off to Christmas ever brunch, then Christmas Eve service at Beza, then hopefully some “It’s a Wonderful Life Watching” and finally lunch party on Christmas day. Don’t worry, I am not forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. I feel like I do pretty well honoring the birth and death of Jesus through each day, so it doesn’t take the 25th to make that happen.

I love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS.


Written by adamtaylorethiopia

December 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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  1. Ad,
    I will be praying for the break through on the NGO approval. It is tough to have the situation in which you can not directly impact. God’s power can bring solutions which may not have even been considered.
    Mom and I will miss having you join us tonight at the service. Will miss your shaking leg! I never really knew you did not like helping with the luminaries – guess you’re smiling at that comment. (Mom said was amazing that I did not realize it.) The weather is sunny and am hoping no wind – Mom will help and they should look great once again.
    Am glad you will be creating some new traditions but past memories are special – thanks for helping us create them.
    Blessings to you…..
    I agree that each day can be a celebration of Christmas.
    Later on personal email…..


    December 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm

  2. Adam: Its amazing how fast time flies by. Did you ever realize there is no present? As soon as you start to contemplate it it is in the past. It is out of the memories deepest memories that God helps us shape hope for the future as the present goes wizzing by as if it never happened. May the memories of your life givew you the courage to trust for the future, yours, your kids, your vision, all of it. God bless you Adam, I am praying for you. Doc

    Ralph Eckardt

    December 26, 2009 at 3:29 am

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