- conference leadership as they move forward with church planting and discipleship
- Christians to have continued passion for evangelism
- a durable and reliable vehicle for the superintendent to use in visiting village churches
- the vision for a ministry center in Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian FMC has stepped up its church-planting efforts and seen a more rapid increase of new churches and training programs to multiply church planters and pastors. Outreach ministries include International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) schools and a feeding and study program. The superintendent has a vision for a ministry center in Addis Ababa to generate income for further church-planting efforts.
This work began in 1998 through the partnership of Free Methodist World Missions and the Free Methodist Church in Southern California. The first Free Methodist Church service was held in May 1999. On March 9, 2012, the Ethiopia FMC gained provisional annual conference status.
Superintendent Mekebib Desta
Ethiopia Annual Conference
Prayercast | Ethiopia
Reaching the Unreached
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- Population: 114,025,000
- Evangelical Christians: 18.14%
- FM Work Opened: 1999
- FM Churches: 42
- FMC Membership: 18,444
- Ordained Ministers: 11
- Ministerial Candidates: 7
- Superintendent: Mekebib Desta
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: Free Methodist Church USA through Bishop Matt Whitehead
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Church Planting & Development
Supporting Ethiopia Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help fund:
Ethiopia’s FM churches in six geographical areas. Our support, together with a more substantial portion from the Ethiopian churches, helps these churches carry out their ministries and support their pastors.
The significant expense to bring pastors and delegates together for annual conference meetings. (The local churches of Ethiopia are spread quite widely.)
Costs associated with Supt. Makebib bringing pastoral training to different areas of Ethiopia: continuing education for district leaders, participants’ food and transportation for seminars and the overall organizing from Addis Ababa.
Extra Mile Projects
Supt. Mekebib Vehicle
For years Supt. Mekebib has been supervising the work in Ethiopia often with an aged Toyota Landcruiser, though at times without it, when under repair. Much of his supervision takes him down paved roads from one city to the next. But, along many of those roads he has to turn off onto a dirt road to reach one of the Ethiopian churches. We hope to work together to see a better vehicle accomplishing this work.