2018 - A year of continued growth in Ethiopia

"Whosoever shall receive one such children in My name, receiveth Me " (Mark 9:3)

By the grace of God we have witnessed incredible growth in Ethiopia in recent months.

At Ambo the congregation has risen to over 2,000 people attending worship each week. We thank God for this incredible increase and, of course, for our Pastors Bezabih and his wife Mercy, Pastor Desta and Pastor Lemi and their team who continue to serve faithfully to further God’s Kingdom.

Our School and Church in Bobagaya is also now complete with no fewer than 85 children enrolled in September 2017 into kindergarten classes. Another finished project is the day-care centre which allows mothers to leave their children while they seek work.

And for the sixteenth consecutive year our Hope for Ethiopia team have brought hope to the children of Ethiopia earlier in the year. Accompanied by Pastor Frankie Weir, our dedicated team travelled out to Ethiopia on Thursday the 8th of February with over 1,500 Christmas gift bags filled with much needed clothes, shoes and gifts for all the children in our Church plants and schools in Kuriftu, Bobagaya and Ambo – a day which brought much joy to the children and their parents.

On Saturday 10th and Sunday the 11th of February our Church in Kuriftu saw hundreds attend for worship where many adults and children responded to the presence of God and came forward for prayer. Pastor Frankie spoke from the book of Mark, while Pastor Bezabih preached from a text in Luke.

Meanwhile, our dedicated volunteer, Nicola spent three days working with our teachers in Bobagaya and Kuriftu introducing a new teaching curriculum and training program for them to continue with on our return home.

On behalf of Eleanor, Karen and the Hope for Ethiopia team, we would like to thank all who filled a Christmas gift bag or donated through our ' Smile of a Child’ Christmas envelope appeal and to all who came along faithfully each week to help pack the children's gifts and those who continue to support this great Ministry each year, help that is invaluable.