Christianity has a long history in Ethiopia. Since its introduction in the fourth century and the establishment of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in 1270, Christianity has been a part of everyday life in Ethiopia. Persecution during the Marxist junta was severe but brought many to Christ. Evangelicals increased significantly and are still active in ministry under the current freedoms.
Approximately sixty percent of Ethiopians consider themselves Christians. Frequently existing in peace among the Christians is a strong Muslim influence (34%), but some Islamic groups are threatening that fragile peace. Christian churches in Ethiopia have recognized the need to work together to strengthen believers and to find ways to minister to the poor.
World Horizons is developing a new ministry in Ethiopia which will support the training and equipping of local believers who seek to share the gospel in the under-served parts of East Africa. If you are interested in serving with us or would like to find out more, please let us know.
Landlocked in East Africa, Rwanda is most known for the horrific genocide that took the lives of 800,000 people. It remains a deeply wounded nation. Attaining national stability in the wake of war and genocide has proven difficult. Yet, education, health, and incomes have seen improvement. Though it is one of Africa’s smallest nations, it now has one of its fastest-growing economies.
Tragically, this nation that predominantly claims Christianity (89%) allowed and even perpetrated the massacre of 1994. The atrocities of genocide and war have caused some to turn from their faith. Some have turned to Islam, while others have been ensnared by false gospels (prosperity theology, legalism, and syncretism). Yet suffering has also opened the door for the global Church to express God’s love. Since the war, Evangelicals have seen dramatic growth within the Church. Some of the victims of gruesome violence have chosen to forgive. Yet deep healing is still needed as an entire generation suffers the mental trauma that comes from experiencing such devastating loss.
World Horizons serves in two different areas in Rwanda. Firstly, they are involved in Tuba Sange, a young adults mentoring project for those who are considering serving on the mission field. Secondly, they run business training for those believers who want to set up micro-enterprises as a way to sustain themselves in ministry. If you are interested in serving with us or would like to find out more, please let us know.
Join Our Teams in East Africa
Our teams in Ethiopia and Rwanda receive those that want to join their team on a long-term placement. Prior to going to the field, new team members must complete one of our long-term training programs. Once on the field, they generally spend their first two years focused on language learning but will also be involved with other ministries established by the long-term team. Whichever country new members join, they will focus from the beginning on encouraging local Christians and getting to know non-Christians through the team’s ministries. It’s very important for new team members to be flexible and to come as learners.