IMM at work in Ethiopia

Ethiopia covers an area of 1,100,580 sq km and a population of 56 million people. The Capital City Addis Ababa has a population of 1,912,500 million people.

IMM partner with the Ethiopian Addis Kidan Baptist Church and has seen growth and development year on year.  Six local churches have been planted and nine out-reaches to date in Guji Zone. Some churches like Kibre Mengist, Hiyu Kombole, and Erba Muda have been supported financially to build meeting halls.  In the current Ethiopian context, if there is a meeting hall on its’ own land, the church can survive in the area by proclaiming the Good News.

Through the process of church planting seven pastors are supported and seven new outreaches have started during 2014.  Currently 13 pastors are supported financially.

A Bible School in the Guji Zone was started to train and equip leaders, pastors and ministers.  A full time coordinator was engaged over two years to provide them with theological and biblical teaching. Out of 15 students 10 finished the course and graduated in December.  Students report that they have got great benefits which enable them to serve within and outside the church.

Short term training has been held for Church pastors and leaders to empower, inspire, encourage and equip leaders for the advancement of the Kingdom and 20 leaders attended for three days.

Church visits are undertaken by leaders to encourage and consult with pastors about their expansion, and discipleship plans. These visits help to develop and maintain good relationships and encourage working together to achieve the same goal for the advancement of the Kingdom.

 

Beletew writes ‘First and foremost, I glorify God who is the author of our ministry and life.  As one of the leaders I do not have enough words to convey my deep appreciation for the great partnership that the IMM community has rendered to advance the Kingdom in Ethiopian mining communities. There is much to be done.  Your partnership has enabled us to reach the unreached community and to train our pastors and church leaders.

 

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