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Christ Embassy Hawassa began in the Paradise Hotel with just a few members. Our Pastor Alex had been sent out by Pastor Chris from Nigeria along with Pastor Wale, who was to pastor the Addis congregation and was given 250 birr ($14) for bus fare and all other expenses. The Lord sent workers to help him and within a few months they moved to larger venues until we are at our present location. A critical issue as a member is passing the Foundation Training through which each member learns the importance of publicly confessing the often criticized teachings of some of Jesus’ most challenging words. Such teachings spawned from Bishop Benson Idahosa of Nigeria and Kenneth Hegin have been followed by signs and wonders and we regularly hear testimonies of people’s blood being cleansed of HIV and malaria, hands and limbs being restored as they believe and fight the good fight of faith against the deceptions of the enemy. Here Claire is receiving her diploma for passing a written test of the extensive doctrine of the teachings of Christ. We have accompanied our pastor to towns in the surrounding areas and seen congregations the size of ours spring up in Sheshemane , Durame and Laku. Pray for the continued work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all believers as we come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Eph 4:13) and are prepared (Eph 2:10) to meet our Lord and King as His bride without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27)