Paulos Assefa leads the effort by Olathe Bible Church to reach people in need of the gospel of Jesus in his home country of Ethiopia. We work alongside UpGlobal Network and local pastors in-country to develop an effective strategy and network for evangelism. In early April, Paulos traveled to Africa to check on the work there. Read his account from one day of his journey.

“Early in the morning we drove to the city called Adwa, which is about 70 miles from the City of Axum. This place is known in history where the Ethiopians won the war against Italy aggression during the first world war. We met an evangelist who has been sent by the Baptist Church of Mekelle to plant churches.

There are about 10,000 people live in these area and no one has brought them the Gospel of Christ before the evangelist came. Most of the people in the area are either Christian or Muslim, and there are some witch craft worshipers in the area. Because of persecution, most people do not want to hear the Gospel of Christ and, according to the evangelist, it took him about 9 months to start the first home cell of underground discovery bible study. Praise God there are four home cells believers in these area. Each cell group have five members who study the bible together and worship Christ and taught to lead a new home cell after committed to be a follower of Christ.

The people lack school, health clinic, electricity, and clean water. Most of the kids are not able to go to school because they need to walk more than 20 kilometers to go to the nearby school. The evangelist prayerfully engaged to be the light of Christ in this community and waiting God to be glorified in the lives of many in spite of all the persecution and hardships. After I spent three hours with Brother Fitsum and the evangelist, I am totally convinced of their strategy of church planting movements. God will soften the hearts of thousands to hear and believe the message of Christ. We prayed in agreement for partnership for business as a mission strategy and God to give us a clear direction for the kids to have school for grade 1 to 4 were the kids could learn as well about the Christ. Would you pray please for these people to be delivered from all darkness captivities and have hope in Christ?”