Ministry in Ethiopia
The Oromo people are among the largest people groups (35%) of Ethiopia’s 99.5 million people. In the past twenty years, the local indigenous churches have worked at accepting the language, culture and good traditions of the Oromo people. Oromo church leaders have emerged and today evangelical Christianity is the fastest growing religion inside the Oromo community. Most Oromo people live in the rural areas and are illiterate. The majority are poor farmers trapped in the most persistent poverty along all economic, education, health, and social spectrum. These people need Jesus!
Starting New Churches
Local champions are provided with training, accountability, and tools — including Bibles, Bible study booklets, textbooks about church planting, and children’s Bible Club materials.
- Complete one year of combined classroom training and supervised fieldwork
- Often open doors in communities through children's Bible Clubs
At their six-month and one-year marks, Church Planters report back on their results.
- The Gospel is introduced to previously unreached villages and neighborhoods
- At least two new churches are planted
- Hearts and attitudes are transformed — people discover freedom from fear
- The power of answered prayers is unleashed
- Villagers become aware of basic rights as citizens, including freedom of religion
- Healthy worshipping groups sprout up and grow
And after training is done, Church Planters continue to mentor new believers in their area, building strong communities of faith that continue to grow and multiply.
Located in Northeast Africa, Ethiopia is a historical, beautiful, diverse, and safe country to travel to. The capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (meaning New Flower), is situated at the geographic center of the nation. It is the largest city and is the political and cultural center of Ethiopia.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 99.5 million
Human Development Index: 173rd (out of 187 countries)
Life expectancy: 63.6 years
Religion: 43.5% Ethiopian Orthodox, 34% Muslims, 18.5% Protestant, 2.7% Traditional, 1.3% other