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Ethiopian Church Expands In the Midst of Muslim Community

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."



WO Staffer Visits Church Plants In Ethiopia

By Mark Gumm

I often hear a phrase that goes something like this “Church is not a building – its a body of believers”.  While I certainly believe most pastors and Christians believe this theologically, I often wonder if we REALLY believe this at our core, or if its just a cliche’ we use.

Would we choose to go to church if it wasn’t comfortable and convenient? If we had to walk several miles to get there and there was no praise band playing our favorite christian music, no video screens, no air conditioning, no comfortable seats?

Would we show up to these churches walking through and standing in several inches of water in the middle of a field, with no chairs to sit in and listen to our pastor preach and sing praises to God with just our voices for 2+ hours?

The people of these churches in Ethiopia REALLY believe that the church is not about a building…  I have the mud covering my shoes and pants, and the memory of hugs and tears of joy to prove it:)

Let us continue to strive to be a faithful church that displays good deeds and is dependent on God to provide as we use our resources to help meet the needs of those who are really in need like the early church did.  Let us not be a lukewarm church that is rich and not in need of a thing.

Revelation 3:14-22

14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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