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God’s Word Of Hope For Ethiopia

    "I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name will I hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints" (Psalm 52:9). These words of praise were quoted in a letter from a young Ethiopian who has just finished high school and lives in an area where there is much persecution against Christians.

    Hope. Where does hope come from? How can hope make a difference in the lives of people? "…But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). This message of hope is being carried to readers in Ethiopia through the Amharic and English Heralds.

    The Amharic Herald began in 1990 during a time when Ethiopia was experiencing a crisis with internal hostilities, renewed threat of famine, and the influence of Islam. There was a desperate need for Christian literature and books. As a result, a small paper heralding messages of hope was mailed to 1,010 readers in Ethiopia.

    Today, according to Adefris H. Mekasha, editor of the Amharic Herald, Ethiopia is a nation under turmoil due to the disputed May 2005 election. Lives have been lost as tension continues between the ruling regime and those who have rejected the election results. Poverty is high as is the growth of Islam. In the midst of this the Word of God goes forth.

    Brother Mekasha continues to translate articles from English to Amharic for hungry hearts. With the help of co-workers, the translation is typeset into a camera-ready copy. The camera-ready copy is sent to the Indiana office where 3,100 Herald copies are printed and mailed to readers in Ethiopia.

    What a wellspring of life these papers bring to a country where foreign missions and missionaries are experiencing setbacks due to the policies and attitudes in the nation. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has caused the country to become a religious nation, but there are many people yet to be reached with the Gospel in the urban and in the rural areas especially. "So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). The printed messages of the Amharic Herald and English Herald can reach into these areas throughout Ethiopia as witnessed in the following testimonies:

    "Warm greetings to you from East Africa. I’m a newly born-again Christian. Since I live in a remote place, spiritual materials are not available. I got Herald paper from a Christian fellow. I really find out much more important it is to strengthen my life in Christ…"

    "I would like to say may God bless the Herald ministry more and more. The Herald’s global ministry has been reaching fervently in the darkest corner of the world like where I am working now, the remotest Muslim dominated area. Press on! God is faithful to His promise …"

    "I’m writing to you from an Eritrean refugee camp under UNHCR in Ethiopia. I’m a born-again Christian. I read one issue of the Herald and I was blessed by its contents. Could you please send me the Herald regularly…"

    "How much I appreciate Herald of His Coming!..I am a highway engineer in Ethiopian Road’s Authority. I work the place where there is great opposition and criticism; therefore we all Christians walk very carefully and diligently…"

    "Words cannot express how much I benefit spiritually from Herald of His Coming. The messages are very important in terms of spiritual needs especially in the area of prayer. In my church I have a responsibility in leading the youth so I have got a chance to share Herald of His Coming messages for our fellowship. Please don’t stop to send for me this heavenly manna for my soul."

    The gifts and prayers of Herald readers are vital to the ongoing of the ministry of the Amharic Herald. The brothers and sisters in Ethiopia who volunteer their zealous labors to produce this paper are much burdened as they see the significant needs in the Church and their nation. Can we unite to give them the help they must have from us to continue providing messages of hope and encouragement in this critical hour in Ethiopia?

    At present, the cost in the Indiana office to print 3,000 copies of the Amharic Herald and mail them to readers is about $1220. It may be you are able to send a gift to help, or you may be able to challenge a Sunday school class or the church you attend to consider support of an issue of the Amharic Herald as a missionary project. Whatever portion of the need you are able to provide will be much appreciated by readers such as those who wrote the letters above. Thank you for uniting to minister to Christ’s "lambs" and "sheep" in Ethiopia, as a joint expression of our love to them and to the Good Shepherd.

Please Pray –

    *For the Amharic staff: Adefris H Mekasha, Fantaye Girma, Sefanit Aklilu, Sisay Nadew, to have protection under the blood of Jesus while working where there is opposition to Christianity.

    *For the anointing of the Holy Spirit in all Amharic translations.

    *For liberation and reconciliation of Ethiopia.

    *For protection of all missionaries and evangelical ministers in Ethiopia.

    *For adequate funds to maintain regular mailings of the Amharic Herald.