Friday, May 1, 2009

A One-Way Ticket to Obedience--Sarnaa Archie



Can you imagine taking a mission trip to Ethiopia with a group of people and you being the only one in the group with a one-way ticket?  

A few years ago, I met a young man named Sarnaa Archie.  After our first meeting, I decided to hire Sarnaa as the Student Discipleship Pastor at First Baptist Atlanta.  I've since been amazed at his willingness to do whatever it takes to be obedient to God's commands in his life, whether that be serve on a staff in a baptist church, or board a plane with $80 to his name headed towards a country he had only seen in his dreams.

Can we even understand that kind of obedience?  Imagine it.  You're a well off, well paid, well dressed, well fed American man living the American dream and all of a sudden God tells you to sell all of your junk and jump on a plane headed to one of the poorest countries in the world; Ethiopia.  When God told Sarnaa to go, he responded by saying yes.  He didn't say wait.  He didn't say why... he said okay, and then he went.  For the past 5 months, my friend Sarnaa Archie has been living in a hut made of clay and sticks and he's been eating a dish called tibs that apparently tastes like chicken and a dish called shiro that makes you really gassy.  (his words not mine!)  

In Sarnaa's village, he's been placed in charge of a soccer team, which is beyond funny if you know Sarnaa because he despises sports and would rather be sipping tea or slamming some sushi any day.  But, this is a door God has opened up.  Actually, God's opened all kinds of doors with the youth of Dukem, Ethiopia.  He has taken a leadership role in raising funds to build a youth center in the center of the town which will serve as a place for community, recreation,  reading, education and Biblical Discipleship.  Although he's in the early stages of the planning, Sarnaa is already confident that the project once completed will become an incredible platform for sharing the love of Christ to this community of over 30,000.

This weekend at Second Baptist Houston's Woodway Campus, our students will have the opprotunity to hear Sarnaa's story first hand and discover the journey of obedience and surrender that he's been on for the past several years.  His courage, wisdom, and discernment will be a huge encouragment to our students and I'm thankful for his willingness to come and serve in this way.  

For more information on Sarnaa or his journey, please visit his website at www.pleaseread.org, or to visit his facebook click here.

Sarnaa is currently raising funds to take back to the mission field with him.  The dollar will stretch a long way in Ethiopia, so even if you would like to contribute a small portion, please shoot him an email at sarnaa@pleaseread.org.  I can promise you a couple things... 
1)  you won't miss it.  
2)  It will be money well spent!  
Thank you for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing my brother's story. Hopefully he will be able to inspire this generation (including me, LOL) and future generations to live obediently.

    Jasmine A.

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