In a few hours my daughter will pick me up and I will spend part of the night with her. At 4:00 AM I will be back at the airport ready for my return trip. I think everything is in order and I am ready to go. God continues to lead us daily and while I still have internet I want to give you a report of the past few weeks, while I have been in the USA. But first a few pictures to let you know I am not just a pretty face.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
As I return and we move forward with the library project I want to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and not on my own understanding. I want to seek his will in all I do, so he will show us which path to take.
We may need to be quiet for awhile because having time and internet to posts things while working in Gambela can be a problem. I want to thank all of you for your continued prayers and support. God has a plan in place to get this library finished and ready for use, I just have to follow His lead.
Serving in love, Leah for Don, Adam and the rest of the team that are still working hard for the Glory of God.
Hebrews 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
This week Adam finished the roof and put on the the ridge cap. A new man named John showed up and told them he want to help build the library. He and Don worked to start framing in the foundation. A carpenter also came and worked for a day to help get the job done. Pray that he and his helpers will return on Monday. The rebar has all be wired in and stones have started to be placed where the floor will be poured. We are working hard on building a firm foundation for the library. Yet, I don’t want us to lose site of the real reason we are in Gambella, Ethiopia working. We long and desire to have God be the foundation of all that we do in our lives as we serve Him.
My time in the USA has been good, I will fly back to Gambella on Thursday arriving Friday morning. Once there I will no longer be able to post on this web site. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to finish the library building and be the light of Christ in all that we do.
Serving in Love, Leah VanderPloeg for the rest of the team.
“ In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
We all try so hard to put our plans together so that we can relax as everything we planned falls into place just like we knew it would.
WRONG!! I am not saying that planning is a bad thing, just that if we depend on our plans because we are so good at making them, we lose site that it is God who is in control and establishes our steps.
As most of you know I started a library building project for Gambella, Ethiopia with my brother Ed a number of years ago. We collected books, drew up building plans, ordered the building frame work…. Since these plans started, I got married to Don, my brother Ed went to his heavenly home. Then Covid hit and once again changed our plans, you know that for a fact for it changed your plans too.
At the end of August, I thought I was smart and had all the plans in place to build the library in 5 short weeks. Tickets were bought and the team headed to Ethiopia. Three of us stayed in Addis to buy and have the needed supplies trucked to Gambella. The truck with the building frames was to leave Addis and arrive in Gambella around the same time as the team. WRONG. Due to a number of misunderstandings, rain, and trouble in the country…. The building frame only arrived at the end of the second week and what we had planned to bolt together had to be welded.
This is where God took over and I was happy to step aside. While waiting for all the needed materials, Don was able to rebuild a welder that was needed to put the building together. Don and the team also took a rejected cement mixer and gave it new live. Both the welder and the cement mixer were needed for us to move forward once everything arrived.
Our team started to leave at the end of week two, just as the supplies arrived. We had all planned to be gone by Oct. 3 but God had other plans.
Don and Adam are staying on for another 5 weeks leaving November 8th. Pray that this will give them the time they need to finish as they work alongside a local team of men.
Bob Kraft was scheduled to come home after the 5 weeks so Don decided that I should fly home with Bob and take care of things here in the USA. (Like writing this letter, I could not do much more than write a few emails with the internet we had in Gambella.)
I will fly back to Ethiopia on October 14th and continue the work with Don and Adam until November 8th, when we will return to the USA together. I then hope to take another team out in the Spring of 2022, to shelf the books and train someone there on how to take care of the library. These are my plans but we will have to wait and see how God directs our steps.
Thanks for prayers and support. I will try and show you our story in pictures below. Leah
I am sorry I have been silent for the past two weeks. Things were slow and complicated here and I did not know how to get on the internet. I am now sitting in the school office and hope to be able to update all of you.
We had a very slow start but at the beginning. On week four things are starting to take shape. We are starting to put the steel frame up.
Today we received the last truck of supplies from Addis Ababa with all the boo
Ron left over a week ago and Jack left on Friday. There are four of us left to work along side the team here. I had hoped that we would have had a smoother start, because of all the delays and problems we have decided to extend the project for an extra five weeks. I still need to decide who will stay and then change our tickets. Pray that I will have wisdom as I work through these issues.
I hope to be able to update you more often from this point forward. Please continue to pray for us as we serve in Love here in Gambella.
I had hoped to send pictures but that the internet is to slow. I will try another day. Leah
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
We all arrived last Friday morning and for the first six days, Bob, Don and Leah have been in Addis Ababa working on getting things from here. Tomorrow morning they will head to Gambella and join the rest of the team. Everything has started out slow and there have been many set backs. I like to remember that all things work together for good to those who love God.
Please pray that things will start coming together and we will be able to see progress on the library building. Pray for safety as we travel and work here in Ethiopia. Pray that we would all remain healthy and that God will heal us quickly if we do start feeling sick.
Thank God with us for the men and women we are working with here and how blessed we have been as we get to know them better. Working together for the kingdom of God.
Deuteronomy 31:88TheLORD himself goes before you and willbewithyou; hewill never leave you nor forsakeyou. Do not be afraid; donotbe discouraged.
PTL all six of the team arrived on Friday with all their bags with them. What we are here to accomplish in 5 weeks is more than humanly possible. The job we have set out to do is bigger than any of us, knowing that God is the one who put our plans together and God is the one who goes with us, we move forward knowing, He has this.
I praise God for the men who are working with us here in Ethiopia. They are doing all they can to make sure we will be successful. What does it mean to be successful? I will have to get back to you on that.
I know that we are here to bless others in Jesus name. I also know that it is the Lord in answer to your prayers who is going before and behind us and that He will carry us through the days ahead as we serve Him here in Ethiopia.
Please pray that the rainy season will end soon.
We have hit the ground running and we seem to be slip sliding around as we try and put everything together.
Please pray that we will be able to have the needed supplies trucked and delivered in a timely fashion.
Pray that we would see God’s hand in everything and give Him the glory.
After dreaming about it for over 5 years we will finally be on our way to Gambella, Ethiopia to build the library on August 26, 2021.
Let me introduce you to the team.
We leave on August 26th and I trust that we will be able to update this site from time to time providing that we have an internet connection to work with. I hope to introduce you to the Ethiopian members of the team that we will be working with us, as well as post picture updates as the building goes up. We will be in Gambella five weeks and plan to leave the building lockable. Adam may stay longer to put on any finishing touches if needed.
Negative is good. All six of our covid tests came back negative PTL. We leave in the morning thanks for praying us on our way.