Ministering to Sudanese refugees isn’t the only mission possibility in Ethiopia. Rev. Dr. Kebede Getachew Yigezu contacted WELS in 2013. Kebede has gathered a group of like-minded Christians in and near his hometown of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, and registered the church with the Ethiopian government as the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia (LCE). The church body now numbers three hundred members. “The members of the LCE earnestly seek membership in the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference so they can stand with and be encouraged by fellow Lutherans of the Reformation heritage,” says Prof. E. Allen Sorum.
Sorum enjoyed two weeks in October discussing doctrine with Kebede and LCE members; sharing seminars on leadership and preaching with students in the LCE’s college and seminary program; and appreciating warm hospitality as a guest in the LCE’s facility, which also serves as Kebede’s home. “It was a wonderful blessing to enjoy devotions from Luther’s Catechism every night with this family who wants to share confessional Christianity with Ethiopia, Africa, and beyond,” says Sorum. WELS leadership will be discussing the next steps in upcoming months.
Volume 101, Number 12
Issue: December 2014
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