The family behind the mission work
We would like to tell you about the family behind the mission work. How did it all start? And what developments have we been able to experience through God’s help in recent years?
"Go therefore ...
Twenty-three years ago we received a call from God to go on the missions to Ethiopia. We took the verse from Matthew 28:19 for us and the first mission journey of Shimeles included only the “go”. He gains an overview because he wanted to find answers to the following questions: Are there already born-again believers in Ethiopia? Are there communities with whom we can work together? To which ethnic group in Ethiopia should we go to first?
It wasn’t long before Shimeles met Meserete Kristos Church, an existing community in Ethiopia. A collaboration was considered by both parties and so the mission among the Ethiopians began at first small and inconspicuous among the Amhara tribe.
... and make disciples of all nations ...
As leader of the Mission Shimeles it has always been important to him to leave his own comfort zone and accept new challenges as a Mission. So God clearly showed that the Mission should be further expanded. Many different tribes have been reached by local missionaries with the Good News including Oromos, Tigres and Somalis but also natural tribes live in South Ethiopia and completed sealed itself off from the outside world, such as the Surma. As a result people, Muslims, Coptic Orthodox Christians as well as animists came to living faith in Jesus Christ. Communities were created that grew and sent out their own missionaries. This is how a network of communities arose who have the mission among their own people at heart. In this way was born the evangelist project, the first pillar of the Mission. Through the work of church planting it stuck out that a group of people in Ethiopia were particularly neglected – the children. We decided to establish a sponsorship project for kids to give the most helpless ones a chance. In addition to the sponsored children the third pillar of the Mission was established which is the project to aid the poor and it cares especially about the old, handicapped and sick people of Ethiopia. In this way the Mission grew not only geographically but also in the fields of activity. People from different tribes, ages and disabilities should have the opportunity to make a new start through the gospel.
... baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ...
We also took the third part of this verse literally. In some places in Ethiopia entire villages were baptized all at once. They decided together to follow Jesus and testified to those around them.
... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20a
Baptism also includes the regular teaching of new converts. Because the first euphoria comes quickly but strange teachings don’t stay outside the communities and becomes a serious threat to it. It is important for us because of that to train teachers in the communities who provide a sound doctrine. In order to provide evangelists, Bible teachers and childrens missionaries with a good biblical education we built the Bible Center within seven years. This will be the key to train as a Mission for many Ethiopian full-time ministers.
Our ministry in Ethiopie wouldn’t be possible without our circle of friends. Throughout Germany there are churches that carry our work with prayer and gifts. Added to this are the many sponsors who faithfully support children, evangelists and poor people from the aid the poor project. We are pleased that our circle of friends is growing steadily and would like to thank you for the faithful prayers and gifts.
The family behind the Mission
We as Evangeliums-Mission Äthiopien e.V. are distinguished by the fact that it is a Mission coordinated from Germany and headed by Mission Director Shimeles Retta. It takes a well-functioning team in Ethiopia and Germany to make this possible and who stay in contact with each other and share the same goal, which is to make mission in Ethiopia possible. Our German team consists of six employees: Shimeles and Jutta Retta (middle), Roman and Renate Retta (left) and Georgij and Sarah Goletiani (right).