Ethiopia missionaries Aklilu (Lou) and Genet Kassa are seeing fantastic growth in their home church movement among unreached people groups in the Amhara and Tigray regions of northern Ethiopia. Just in the last 2 years, the number of home churches rose from 11 in 2013 to 27 in 2015. The growth is even more impressive when you consider the people impacted increased from 112 to 279.
In the mid-90s, Lou and Genet came to personal faith in Christ. Both enthusiastically began sharing their faith with friends and family. Within two years, this group developed into a vital Christian community which became Bethel Church. Lou came to the U.S. to get a nursing degree and stayed for 17 years, but he and Genet were always burdened for their people in Ethiopia. Lou and Genet began attending Xenos and realized the home church model was what was needed in Ethiopia.
In the fall of 2013, they returned to Ethiopia to work with the elders of Bethel Church to start a church planting ministry. Lou and the elders train these home church leaders and members in evangelism, discipleship and church planting. They also identify and facilitate church plants in new areas. All leaders in this movement are indigenous. Because of their emphasis on church planting and indigenous leadership development, they are one of our Global Partners.
Prayers are appreciated for growth in the student groups. They have started a few high school and college home churches. The Ethiopian government pays for college and upon graduation students have to serve using their new skills in a rural Ethiopian town. Lou sees tremendous potential with reaching students in college who can then carry the message of Christ to the lost. About 80% of people in Ethiopia live in rural communities.
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