Africa / Ministry Events

Carrying Christ into the Countryside

Leaving the comforts of the city, staff from Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM)—Ethiopia recently traveled to the remote village of Mesmes, 170 miles south of Addis Ababa. It was an arduous journey, as a lack of decent roads makes it difficult to reach the primarily rural Ethiopian population.

There are no all-weather roads to Mesmes, and LHM—Ethiopia staff frequently had to get out along the rough dirt road and walk. Near their destination, they reached a wooden bridge that could not support their vehicle. Thankfully, some eager teenagers in the area helped to carry their luggage and equipment, including a generator and an amplifier, to the village.

Staff members came prepared to take full advantage of their limited time in Mesmes. They held an Equipping the Saints evangelism workshop at Mekane Yesus Church, where 156 people were commissioned as volunteers. They also held evangelism rallies and showed Christian films, which brought more than 1,000 people out to hear about Christ.

On Sunday morning, staff and members of the Mekane Yesus congregation gathered in an open field for an outdoor worship service. During the service, LHM—Ethiopia’s director recognized 121 Bible Correspondence Course graduates. Members of the congregation were impressed with the course and the graduates, who were proudly wearing their new LHM t-shirts, and 53 people enrolled in the Bible courses. The congregation also collected a free will offering benefitting LHM—Ethiopia and many people made small donations, even though they did not have much to give.

The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few; therefore, staff may not be able to return to Mesmes for a long time. However, LHM—Ethiopia is thankful to have had this opportunity to share Christ in Mesmes and strengthen members of Mekane Yesus Church.

For more information, please visit LHM—Ethiopia’s blog.

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