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