Transforming Ethiopian Communities One Bible at a Time
The Amhara region is called home by approximately 17 million people, who have experienced incredible economic and political disasters over the years. In addition to overcoming a genocide known as the red terror, that killed over five hundred thousand people in a short time, the Amharic peoples have faced a crippling war against Eritrea. Their economic status and growth have been significantly impacted by these conflicts, and so have individuals who find themselves alone and hopeless. After these violations and unbelievable experiences, many people have found peace and love in the Bible. Written in their language, they now know that God is present which has given them an incredible hope and outlook on their future.
The Amharic language is one of the most common languages in Ethiopia, which makes gaining access to a Bible written in Amharic a challenge. Some communities share a limited number of Bibles between them, making it difficult to learn the stories and Bible verses that provide so much insight into God and His great love for us.
To help more people learn about God and pursue a greater relationship with Him, churches have been planted to provide a safe space for people to worship and learn. Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is home to the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology but teachings are limited. Churches that have been started and have grown quickly are now struggling because church leaders do not have the proper training. In addition to providing Bibles written in the Amharic language, our goal is to train church leaders to be able to welcome church growth and share preachings that are sound in theology and the scriptures.
Last year we asked for your help in distributing Bibles throughout the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Your generous support allowed us to share God’s Word with individuals, families, and communities. This year, for the first time, we hope to be able to provide Bibles written in the Amharic language to those living in the Amhara region so that they too can know God!
We all deserve to know God and to have access to His written word. Together, we can make this possible for the people of Amhara.