After visiting a World Orphans church partner in Woliso, Ethiopia West Coast Regional Director Mark Gumm reported on the church's recent activity. "The church sent out a small team of 5-6 people to do evangelism in the area outside town and had 36 people accept Christ in 2 weeks!," Gumm wrote.
"They then worked to get the government to give land to the church and then took up an offering from the main church to provide materials for the building you see in the video (shown below). Really cool story – God continues to work through the church in Woliso," he said in an e-mail.
Since the people of Woliso and the surrounding area are predominantly Muslim, starting just one church seemed difficult and church planting nearly impossible.
But the Woliso church continues to grow despite the cultural obstacles.
"Got the story on a short video, which doesn’t really do justice to the miracle of the church plant in this predominantly Muslim community," Gumm wrote. "We are blessed to have a partner like this and to see such a great work God is doing in and through them. We also visited 2 other church plants they’ve started – 1 of them is now totally self-sufficient and separate church."