This past May/June, the Mossy Foot Project has been blessed to be able to introduce our Ethiopian Country Representative and Executive Director to many supporters in the Southern California area. Pastor Yoseph Menna and his wife Ripka spent about a month in the states, visiting their two sons and speaking about the Mossy Foot Project initiatives to churches and informal groups.
Pastor Yoseph sees his Christian service following a pattern similar to the Apostle Paul, whose ministry encompassed three missionary journeys. Yoseph’s initial journey began with a local church in Gilo, where he learned the basics of teaching the Word and serving in the church. His second journey began with a new focus on mobilizing local resources to send and support missionaries and to plant new churches. This journey led him to work with E3 Partners, an organization that equips and sends teams to support local efforts.
His third journey began several years ago when Sharon Daly, the President of the Mossy Foot Project, invited him to join the Project in Soddo as the National Representative. Leading the Mossy Foot Project as part of a missionary journey is allowing Pastor Yoseph to use his skills and experience mobilizing Ethiopian churches using a strategy he calls “the two hands of the gospel,” one extended with physical service and the other with the love of Christ.
Because of the way the Ethiopian government regulates the activity of NGOs, “spiritual” work must be separated from the clinic work. The Mossy Foot Project serves anyone in need that comes to a clinic. However, afterwards, the church can come alongside patients by visiting them in their homes, encouraging them, praying for them, and sharing the Gospel. This strategy will allow the Mossy Foot Project to expand into previously unserved areas.
Mossy Foot Project workers teamed up with local church members on a recent trip to a remote area in Ethiopia.Pastor Yoseph used this strategy on a recent trip into a new area, bringing a diverse team with him to minister to physical needs and share the Gospel.
The leadership team of the Mossy Foot Project is excited about this new strategy with Ethiopian churches taking more responsibility for addressing local problems. This strategy is exciting evidence of the growth in spiritual maturity of the local body as they are stirred up to fill “the good works that God has foreordained for them to walk in” Eph 2:10.
Dear Friends and Partners of Mossy Foot Patients,
When the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men,” HOPE was restored to mankind through the birth of the Christ child.
As we move into the Christmas season, my heart is full of JOY because of what I am personally witnessing in Ethiopia. As I sit next to recovered mossy foot patients, I feel like a child seated by a pile of beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts, eagerly anticipating unwrapping each of them to discover what is going to be revealed inside.
For me, the presents are stories of many, many of our patients at the 16 Mossy Foot clinics. One special story was the gift of HOPE restored in Bogalee’s life.
I sat on a rough hewn bench with the patients in our mudded clinic building, listening, mesmerized by Bogalee’s compelling story. Other patients nodded and murmurred agreement as they identified with her story through their own similar experiences. Bogalee’s feet were in such terrible condition that she could not walk but had to crawl to get to the Bale clinic for treatment. Discouraged and without hope, outcast from society, struggling just to have a little bit of food to survive, Bogalee contemplated throwing herself in front of a car in order to end her miserable existence.
Now, what a change had come in her circumstances. She praised God for the transformation in her life and thanked the Mossy Foot Project for the compassionate treatment and healing of her feet. Now Bogalee has her life restored to her. She received a self help loan and was able to start her own business and become a self-supporting, valued member of her community.
Bogalee’s story is not unique. While I was at her clinic, I heard many, many more stories of desperately discouraged, people without hope, the outcast, poorest of the poor, whose lives have been completely transformed. The Mossy Foot Project is restoring HOPE to so many people.
With your help we can continue and expand this important work. It doesn’t take much to give the life changing gift of healing to a needy mossy foot patient in Ethiopia and change his or her life forever.
May you be given the gift of great JOY this Christmas season as you contribute generously to this important work of bringing healing, HOPE, and transformation to the lives of those who suffer from mossy foot disease (podoconiosis).
May you have a joyous, blessed Christmas.
With much Gratitude and Joy,
Sharon Barlow Daly, President of Mossy Foot Project
We are excited to announce the book “Mossy Foot Stories” has been published. It is a collection of patient stories demonstrating how the treatment offered by Mossy Foot Project has brought men, women, and children from misery and ostracism to restoration and wholeness. The book is available at Amazon in either print or Kindle format at this link.
This collection of stories reflects the legacy of Dr. Nathan Barlow and the continuing work of the Mossy Foot Project, which he founded. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the operational cost of continuing to serve mossy foot patients in Ethiopia.
Bazite’s feet became so large and swollen that she could not walk. Zelalem’s feet were so deformed and ghastly that his grade-school teacher asked him to stop coming to class. Aster’s oozing, sore-ridden feet smelled so bad that her husband compared her to a chicken. Like so many people in Ethiopia’s Wolaita region, these three suffered from non-filarial elephantiasis—better known as mossy foot disease. In Ethiopia, people with the dreaded mossy foot condition are mostly poor and hopeless, and they end up becoming outcasts. Yet there is a remedy for this disease. For nearly two decades the Mossy Foot Project has been providing physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to hundreds of people like Bazite, Zelalem, and Aster. This book tells the inspiring, breathtaking stories of their journeys from misery and ostracism to restoration and wholeness.
Dear Project Partners,
We so appreciate your hearts to come alongside us and be a part of the team that ministers to the people in Ethiopia who suffer from mossy foot disease. You also play a crucial role in helping to prevent and eradicate mossy foot disease and bring healing for eternity through faith in Jesus Christ. You are instruments in transforming lives. Thank you ever so much!
Shoes for Children
Recently Samaritan’s Feet International blessed Mossy Foot Project with a contribution of 13,000 pairs of good quality shoes for children.
Two weeks ago, Bruce Bodman, the Director of Logistics and Supply Chain for Samaritan’s Feet, visited Mossy Foot Project headquarters in Soddo to participate in some shoe distributions. Bruce was very excited to be part of God's plan for preventing mossy foot disease. Some of Bruce’s comments were: “Wow what a visit! Mossy Foot ministry is awesome!" Some press and radio people are going to be there!” Bruce expressed that his organization would like to continue to partner with the Mossy Foot ministry in supplying shoes for children. Yeah! You can read more of his experience in the blog post on the Samaritan's Feet website.
Visit to Sterling College
In April 2013, Chaplain Christian Dashiell Sterling College, Kansas, brought a team of students to Ethiopia to help at Mossy Foot. Recently, I was invited to speak to the Sterling College student body about the Mossy Foot Project ministry and to share about missions in a special chapel service held March 26.
It was a privilege to address the students and to challenge them to be on service wherever they are called. Also, I enjoyed seeing team members again and catching up on what is happening in their lives.
Thank You for Your Support
The schedule for the Operation Change video series has now been confirmed to begin on Monday June 23 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The video featuring Mossy Foot Project will be third in the series. Please continue to share what Mossy Foot Project is doing with your friends and invite them to visit our website www.mossyfoot.com.
With much gratitude,Sharon Daly, Project President
In November and December of 2013, Sharon Daly, Mossy Foot Project President, spent five weeks in Ethiopia. During this time, much progress and important decisions were made. You can read full details in our attached newsletter on our website. Here are some of the key events of the last few months:
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