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Page Updated: 12/2/17

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  • Latest from Ethiopia [12/2/17]: 

    Hello everyone!

    This is Liasor posting an update about my time in Ethiopia. Last you heard about me, I was in Sherkole Refugee Camp conducting research and talking with the community members about ways Uduk Hope Inc. can work with them. Now I am writing from Assosa a nearby city. I have spent the last 4 days in Tsore Refugee Camp helping to create their Uduk Hope local team. I am happy to announce that as of yesterday, Uduk Hope now has local teams in the following Refugee Camps: Sherkole Camp, Tsore Camp and Tongo Camp all in Ethiopia. With Doro Camp in South Sudan, Uduk Hope Inc. has a total of 4 international teams now managed by our Board of Directors. Two weeks ago, I spent two weeks in Tongo helping to create that team and also conducting research. Please pray for my last two weeks here and for doors to be opened in the areas of educational access for refugees in these camps. I will be celebrating Christmas in Rochester, NY and New Years in Cleveland Ohio with my inlaws. I hope that all is well with you. Blessings

    Executive Director
    Uduk Hope Incorporated.

    More on Uduk Hope, Inc below

  • NEW Page: “Already but not Yet. ”  “… As we anticipate the time when all things will be made fully new (Rev 21:4–5), we can actively participate in the kingdom of God now (Matt 4:17). As we surrender to the reign of God, we will begin to experience the Kingdom of God now—as God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:9–15).”

  • Uduk Hope tabs and Pages have been Updated

  • NEW Page: On Being A Follower Of JesusThe several pages linked under this new Tab contain collections of excerpts along with reflection questions from recent publications that focus our attention on being a disciples of Jesus then and now. I have reposted some for recent years as well. Check them out!

  • The RC has raised and forwarded a $250 gift to assist in the purchase of electric generators for several churches in Puerto Rico. These will be used by the particpating congregations as they minister to their stricken communities and will provide power for work teams arriving to help in the clean-up and rebuilding.

  • The English Language Communication Skills Workshop launched in May has resumed after a two-month summer break with seven participants.

  • SUPPPORT: Could you consider a pledge or one-time year-end gift to support one the RC’s current ministry project at home or in Sudan/Ethiopia? Click here to see what ministry your gift could support.

  • The RC has raised some $150,000 since 2008. Every dollar has gone to the projects designated. Download the TeamOne-Hundred20 form to register your support, then scan or photograph the form to email it back and mail your check or money order.

  •  Know someone who might like to know about the RC and what we are doing? Send them a link to this page.

  • Follow Updates on the Board Approved list of 2017 RC Ministry Projects

  • Ready to join or host a Faith & Finances workshop in the fall of 2017 or spring 2018? Complete a Faith and Finances Registration Form.

  • Uduk Hope NEWS: 

    Christine Dima is back in the USA as it was not considered safe enough for her to travel to the Refugee camps with Liasor as planned.

    Follow along on the latest “Christine’s Blog” to keep up to Liasor’s ministry with Uduk Hope. [Past Blogs are available on this site.]

    Liasor Dima has been in Ethiopia since October 3, 2017. His goals include: (1) establishing Uduk Hope onsite ministry teams at two and possible three UN Refugee Camps and (2) finalize an agreement with Assosa University to establish a scholarship program for qualified young people at these camps, (3) seeking other partnerships with the FMC and NGO’s.  

    [11/3/17 Update] Please pray for his success and safety.  He has finished his research at the Sherkole Camp and is now headed back to Assosa to meet withe University Officials again. After that he is headed to the Tongo Camp for 2-3 weeks, and TSore camp for one week.

    [11/7/17 Update] Liasor is at the Tongo camp. Pray for his health as he has had chest cold for several days. Pray for protection from the insects at these next camps. Pray that he can find adequate rest time as his schedule is full with his research, and many wanting to spend time with him. He has form two Uduk Hope on-site Leadership Teams thus far–see Christine’s Blog for updates and pictures.  Love this picture of Liasor and Christine from Liasor’s Facebook page!


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Sites of Interest: 

  1. Read Philip Yancey’s copyrighted article on Now You See, Now …   Here is an excerpt: “Much as the disciples experienced with Jesus, sometimes we sense God’s close presence, and sometimes not.  Occasionally we, too, feel like giving up and resuming our old, familiar lives.  Perhaps Jesus rationed out his appearances to help prepare his followers for what awaits them.  As the disciples sit bewildered around the breakfast fire, Jesus reminds them that the kingdom he has set in motion cannot be stopped—neither by his death nor by their own.  The gates of hell will not prevail against the church he is leaving behind. …”

  2. Check out Northeastern Seminary’s March “ResOund” and view the video link to Dr. Richard Middleton’s Chapel Address “Question God.” Less than 30 minutes well invested!


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