by Laura Metz
Written on October 25, 2016
Jembere lives in Gimbi, Ethiopia. His study helper, Linda Haught lives in Stark City, Missouri. For the last two years, the postal service has carried WBS lessons back and forth between the two of them. One way, the trip is nearly 8000 miles, as the completely exhausted crow flies.
Despite the distance, their Bible study went great. So great that in January, Jembere told Linda he needed to be baptized. Jembere’s request led to a flurry of emails between Linda and WBS, until Moges Wolde of Addis Abba, Ethiopia, eagerly agreed to proceed with Jembere’s follow up.
Unfortunately, although Moges lives much closer to Jembere than Linda does, he was still nearly 300 miles away. That’s when the phone got involved. With no church in Jembere’s hometown, he phoned Bro. Lemma, in much closer Nekemte, Ethiopia, who promised to meet with Jembere as soon as possible.
Jembere was anxious to be baptized. The very next day, he woke early and travelled nearly 70 miles to meet with Bro. Lemma. He was baptized and they studied together for nearly five hours, before Jembere returned home.
Now Bro. Lemma is making plans to visit Jembere and study with others in his hometown.
How beautiful are the feet – and envelopes, phones, and computers – of those who preach the good news!