An Obedient Servant

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Beza is the Chaplain in an Ethiopian prison and my friend. He is a family man who has survived serious illness, civil unrest, apathy in the church community for those in prison, loss of a wife and raised a musically gifted special-needs son. He is the face of Jesus to many in the Southern Zone of Ethiopia.

Chaplain Beza-A Humble Servant

He oversees a church of 500 within a regional prison of 1700 inmates. Because of his work, the new prison being built will accommodate a facility for his men. He loves men of all faiths but proclaims Jesus as the hope for their future. I have had the opportunity to present the gospel several times to his congregation with Beza as my interpreter. His persistence in the face of many obstacles has resulted in:

  • Hundreds of men committing their lives to Jesus and hearing the word weekly
  • New facilities for the women’s prison and an effective sewing ministry
  • Involving other pastors in the town to assist in leading groups and teaching
  • Educational classes for inmates to finish high school or learn God’s word
  • Follow up program when his church members are released
  • A music program that includes a fantastic choir

Beza reflects a definition of obedience:  to hear, trust, submit and surrender to God and his Word. He is truly a humble man of God who inspires men to transform their lives.

2 John 6:  “And this is love that we walk in obedience to his commands.  As you heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”

It has been a privilege to stand by Beza with support for him and his ministry. Beza’s need for his congregation: 300 chairs for the new prison facility; materials and instructors for the sewing ministry $1000.

Have a wonderful day and pray for Chaplain Beza as he sets the prisoners free.

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Paul has worked with hundreds of individual clients from executives to recent college graduates related to career transition and life coaching. Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology. He has written a book, How a Man Handles Conflict at Work. Paul founded (1991) the Career/Life Institute and provides coaching, organizational design and career transition serving clients ranging from large organizations to family owned enterprises. He served as a consultant to management teams, and had senior positions for Bank of America, Right Associates and CRISTA Ministries. His ministry outreach includes Poland, Romania, and 11 trips to Ethiopia. He volunteers for Congregations for the Homeless in Bellevue, WA.