Hello Tates Creek Friends!
The past few months have been eventful for the Weeks family in Ethiopia. The summer for you is rainy season for us, and we’ve seen the rain transform the landscape from a scrubby, brown, dustbowl to a lush, green, garden of Eden. With all the rain, the Farming God’s Way garden test plots in both Nekempte and Mojo have taken off and the corn is almost ready for harvest. We’re excited to see what the yield is, but we know that no matter what the outcome, our harvest is not just in corn. We have been sowing the seed of friendship as well, and we believe that harvest will not come back lacking.
Travis has also been busy traveling to many villages doing biblical training, income generating activity (IGA) training, and repairing Solar Recharging Stations. At the end of July, our whole family traveled north to Yamp, a Gumuz village where our teammates the Moores currently live. Using a manual he created himself, Travis led training on how to manage and repair Solar Recharging Stations. Jake also taught on giving and stewardship. We believe our job in helping our Ethiopian partner churches to become more financially sustainable is not solely in creating a well-functioning IGA program. It is also to instill the biblical idea of generous and joyful giving. There was a good response from the evangelists at the meeting, and we are excited to move forward with similar trainings in other areas in the future.
In other news, we are excited to announce that Baby Weeks #2 is a girl! She is due to arrive December 26. At the end of October, I (Emily) will be traveling back to Georgia with Clare and my mom, who is coming to spend the month of October with us in Nekempte! We are excited to host both of my parents in Ethiopia and show them our life and ministry here. Travis will join us in Savannah at the end of November where we will eagerly await our baby’s arrival at Christmas time. Because returning to Ethiopia with a newborn requires all sorts of documentation and immunizations, we plan to return the first week of March. That being said, we would love to come visit all of you at Tates Creek after the baby is born! We are currently discussing dates and will be excited to see all of you this winter!
And last but not least, we would like to say a big THANK YOU for all of your prayers and financial support. Travis and I are almost 2 years into our first term and we are in the thick of things—starting a new life and ministry in a different culture is hard work. We cannot imagine doing this without you all behind us, encouraging us, and praying that God’s will be done. So thank you. We look forward to a sweet reunion with you this winter!
Travis, Emily, Clare, & Baby #2