Mission To Ethiopia



Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Because of poverty and hardship many people see life as hopeless and without any future. We explain to them the answer is found in God’s plan for their salvation, through the saving grace of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

By God's grace and under the leadership of Jim McClelland, and the Pastors and Members of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast, a large work is underway in the village of Karifu.

The complex consists of a 2000-seater church, a school, a clinic and a bakery - a holistic approach to help the people of this area in their spiritual, educational and physical needs.

The Church was officially opened in 2007, by Dr. James McConnell, senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast.


The church is Pastored by Bezabih a local Servant of God who is seeing great growth in the church.

We want to say a big thank you to Pastor Bezabih and his wife Mercy, our missionaries in Ethiopia and thank them for their dedication and commitment in reaching souls in their country.


With the Church, School and clinic open, this phase of the building work is complete, but the real task of helping transform the lives of these people is only just beginning.

Thank you for your prayers and support for the children and people of Ethiopia.

Smile of a child 2017

In February 2017 our team will travel out to our three Church plants in Kuriftu , Bobagaya and Ambo with Christmas gift bags for up to 1,000 children. All the Children from kindergarden age 5 up to higher education age , each receive much needed clothing , gifts and sweets etc.

The Smile of a Child Christmas Appeal was started 13 years ago by Jim McClelland and with the support of our Church and Friends we continue this lovely Ministry to these needy children. If you would like to help support us in any way our Christmas appeal envelopes can be got at the Ethiopia desk in foyer of the church or you can take a gift bag to fill yourself. You can also help by donating on our "Justgiving page" "Hopeforethiopiabelfast".

Thank-you for your support and for bringing a Smile to a Child this Christmas.
God Bless

Ethiopia Update July 2016

On the 10th of July 2016 at our Church in Kuriftu  Ethiopia , 23 of our young people went through the waters of Baptism. Here are some photos of them with our Pastor Bezabih and also Pastor Desta.

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Update June 2015

Missionary Update for June 2015

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Ethiopia Mission Report April 2016


Latest updates on the missionary work in Ethiopia.

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June 2015

On Saturday 20th June 2015 two of our Missionary representatives, Eleanor and Karen McClelland from our Hope For Ethiopia team in Belfast Northern Ireland will be traveling out to Ethiopia to our complex in Kuriftu.

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