SHE TRIED TO KILL HIM BUT SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL HELD HER BACK
Bible translation is especially challenging in some African cultures because there no words for certain concepts, like snow. A literal translation of Isaiah 1:18 into the Bassa language would be, “Your sins were red as scarlet, now they are as white as ice shavings!”
Hunde is not a Bassa speaker but his experience with snow was just as limited. As a young Ethiopian man flying into America for the first time he could not figure out why the ground below was covered in ash.
He had won the visa lottery and hopped a plane to Minnesota as quickly as he could. He did not speak English well and had no idea where he would go once he got here. He just came, completely on faith.
Maybe you are wondering, “Why, of all places, did he come to Minnesota?” Hunde’s answer is the same as many others: the reputation in Ethiopia is that “Minnesota weather is cold but the people are warm .”
Hunde found that initial bit of warmth in an unlikely place, but it would later turn very cold.
The Oromo Church at Emmaus Lutheran that Hunde is a part of.
The OELMS, in partnership with LINC, has helped start over 20 churches in the last 5 years.
Once landing at the airport and with no place to go Hunde thought he might have to live there until he figured something out. Eventually he found someone working at the airport who spoke his native language. This lead to a temporary place to stay.
This man was a devout Muslim and Hunde was (and is) a devoted Christian and follower of Jesus. These differences quickly became apparent. Hunde, much like Daniel in the Bible, prayed boldly and regularly everyday. He was told by his Muslim host that he was not allowed to pray Christian prayers in this house. Hunde responded to him, “You eat bread to live physically. I pray to live Spiritually. I can not stop praying.”
The hostility escalated when the sister of Hunde’s host took a knife and multiple times tried to slit his throat. Hunde prayed, she fumed but she was physically held back by something supernatural. He knows this because she confessed it to him.
God had his hand on Hunde during his first days here and continues to. Today Hunde is no longer alone. We are honored at LINC Twin Cities to be a part of the family that is walking with him.
We are helping Hunde begin his formal seminary training and praying about where in the Twin Cities God is calling him to lead a church. He continues to pray steadfastly and live every moment of his life by faith.
He, like many of our local mission leaders, works a full time and gives every moment of his life to the pursuit of following Jesus.
We are actively raising funds right now to offset the cost of the seminary. Please consider how God may be calling you to help.
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