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When I first read the description of the Community Development project in Ethiopia on eMi’s website, my reaction was: “I want to be part of this!” But I quickly dismissed that thought since I have already gone on my planned and budgeted eMi trip in June. Over the next week or so, however, I kept returning to the project website and read about it over and over again. The project is located near Gera, Ethiopia on a 750-acre site at an elevation of 6500 feet above sea level in Western Ethiopia, known for its coffee production. The vision to provide a safe haven and community for 250 or more persecuted Christian families took shape in 2009 when a Western minister purchased the piece of rugged mountain land and formed a company to establish an agricultural center. More than a business endeavor, the site will become a livable and sustainable community for Ethiopian believers as they break from previous belief systems and traditions and experience great economic and social suffering.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

ETHIOPIA

MID-OCTOBER, 2011

Remains of burned down Kale Hiwot church in Asendabo,Ethiopia.

“The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.” -Haggai 2:9 Haggai spoke to the remnant of Israel about the coming glory of the temple and encouraged them to finish the restoration . He reminded them that God did not forget about them and was still working among and caring for them. Similarly, the persecuted Ethiopian Christians can hear the same message that God is still working and is providing for them through us. It is our hope and prayer that His peace will dwell in the community to come and our call to bring about His peace in tangible ways.

Need as such was illustrated in March this year when thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes. As Fox News reported, “The string of attacks comes on the heels of several reports of growing anti-Christian tension and violence around the country where Muslims make up roughly one-third of the total population but more than 90 percent of the population in certain areas, I am writing to invite you to join our mission, 2007 Census data shows.” Some of the affected through prayers and financial support, to give the gift of a well planned environment and a livable families will be resettled on this site! community to the 1,500 believers who will eventuThe more I read and think about the project, the ally call it their home. more I am compelled to go. Several emails, a phone interview, and some prayer time later, I am Thank you for prayerfully considering to partner officially invited to join the team! We will travel with me. to the beautiful mountains of Ethiopia to master plan, to design buildings for the specific needs, to For more information, please email me at: address civil engineering issues like road layout phyllistsang@usms.org and water supply, and to prepare for future development of the agricultural center, specifically To donate, visit https://emisecure.org/donate. html and designate to “Tsang – Ethiopia 12009.” related to growing coffee trees. Or, mail a check with the attached response card.

Ethiopia Community Development Project  

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