“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
WDA’s work in Ethiopia began on an airplane….
in 2012, when 2 WDA trainers sat next to a pastor from the fastest growing Pentecostal movement in Ethiopia received and invitation to train leaders from that church and a variety of other denominations. Since 2013, WDA has trained thousands of leaders, developed a national team, translated materials into Amharic, and is preparing to mobilize leaders around the country to begin intentional discipleship groups in their communities.
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:2
“The training was very challenging for each of us how we are leading our member’s and building mature Christian. Finally I found out very important for my life and my churches. This is turning point for me to work more in discipleship in the church and in our community.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Located north of Kenya, the population of Ethiopia is about 84 million. 60% identify as Christians. Close to 40% are Ethiopian Orthodox with 19% identifying as Evangelical. Amharic is the official language although English is widely taught. The Ethiopian church has suffered persecution under the Marxist government (1987-91), border wars, and persistent drought. The Orthodox Church holds to the belief that the Ark of the Covenant has been hidden and guarded in the town of Aksum. 70% of the population is under the age of 30.
Zekarias Tiruneh is the acting director of WDA Ethiopia. He is an evangelist, pastor, and church planter in Ethiopia and the United States. He has published several books including “Gift Driven Church”, and “Holy Spirit for the Excellence of the Soul”. Zekarias preaches and teaches around the world. He lives with in Addis Ababa with his wife, Meron.
Mekonnen Adamu has worked alongside WDA in Ethiopia since 2013. He currently coordinates WDA’s translation and publication efforts in Ethiopia and assists in organizing WDA training seminars. Mekonnen is an elder in Ethiopia’s Kolfe Full Gospel church. He spent 12 months as a missionary in Uganda specializing in evangelism among cult members. Mekonnen says, “While I was translating the [WDA] materials, I came to the conclusion that the training of WDA is very valuable to the Church in Ethiopia and highly magnificent.” Mekonnen lives in Addis Ababa with his wife and two children, Efratha and Nahome.
Dawit Indrias is the training coordinator for WDA Ethiopia. He is a leader in the Kolfe Kalheywt church, leading bible studies and teaching adult Sunday school. He works at Bingham Academy in Addis Aba