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Rafiki Foundation  |  Training Africans to Transform Africa for Christ
For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

“Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).

Navigating the unpredictable circumstances and consequences of COVID-19 has become the new norm for Rafiki missionaries. Although many of them have been forced to make unexpected changes to their plans because of it, the Lord is providentially using those changes to bless us.

When Esther Honegger, one of our short-term missionaries, left for Ethiopia back at the beginning of 2020, she only planned to stay three months. But God in his eternal purpose had something different in mind. As the global pandemic led to lockdown, Esther realized she would be at the Ethiopia Rafiki Village longer than anticipated, and her original arrangements for a three-month term have turned into a six-months-and-counting term.

Since Esther’s plans for graduate school were put on hold, the Rafiki Home Office asked if she would stay on full-time through the spring of 2021, and she willingly agreed. Esther says, “I have seen how the Lord brought me back to Africa for such a time as this, and I am grateful to be here.” God turned this unforeseen change of plans into a blessing for Rafiki, as we are so grateful to have Esther using her gifts to serve our Village in Ethiopia and invest in our students there.

The past few months, Esther has been busy providing activities for the 52 resident children to participate in since schools closed at the end of March. She and the students have had plenty of time for coming up with fun new games (the children pictured at the top are spelling “Rafiki” as part of a scavenger hunt). Esther has taught science classes and led students through research projects. Under her guidance, students have also had a chance to explore some of their interests more deeply. “One project I enjoyed facilitating was an Android app created by Nahom, a grade eight student. He has been teaching himself different coding languages including Java and is full of ideas for different apps. He recently completed a program that has pictures of each resident child along with a bit of information about them. This will be a helpful and convenient way for new missionaries to learn each child’s name.”

Esther’s story is just one example of the many ways God has been faithful to provide missionaries to serve on the field with Rafiki. Resting in this, we continue to pray that he will call and equip even more men and women to help train Africans to transform Africa for Christ.