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?
So go now ...
Twenty-three years ago, we received a call from God to go on mission to Ethiopia. We took the verse from Matthew 28:19 for us, and the first missionary journey of Shimeles included only the “go”. He made an overview, because he wanted to find answers to the following questions: Are there already born again Christians in Ethiopia? Are there communities there with whom we can work together? Which ethnic group in Ethiopia should we go to first? It was not long before Shimeles met Meserete Kristos Church, an existing community in Ethiopia. Collaboration was popular with both sides, and so the mission began in Ethiopia, once small and inconspicuous among the Amharer tribe.
... and make disciples of all peoples ...
As mission leader, Shimeles has always been concerned to leave his own comfort zone and accept new challenges as a ministry. So God clearly showed that the mission should be further expanded. Many different tribes have been reached by local Good News missionaries, including B. Oromos, Tigres and Somalis but also natural tribes, which in the south in Ethiopia sheltered from civilization live, such. B. the Surma. As a result, people, Muslims, Coptic Orthodox Christians as well as animists came to the living faith in Jesus Christ. Communities were created that grew and sent out their own missionaries. Thus, a network of communities emerged, to which the mission became a heart concern among its own compatriots. This is how the evangelist project, the first pillar of the mission, was born. Through the church planting work, it was noticed that a group of people in Ethiopia were particularly neglected – the children. So we decided to set up a sponsorship project to give the most helpless ones a chance. In addition to the sponsored children, the third pillar of the mission was established, the aid to the poor, which 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 start afresh through the gospel.
... and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ...
Also, the third part of the verse we took literally. In some places in Ethiopia, entire villages were baptized at once. Together, they decide to follow Jesus and testify to the people around them.
... and teach them to keep all that I have commanded you. "Matthew 28: 19-20a
Baptism also includes the regular training of new converts. Because she came so quickly the first euphoria, but foreign teachings did not stay long outside the communities and became a serious threat. Thus, as missionary work, it is very important for us to train teachers in the communities who provide a sound teaching. In order to provide evangelists, Bible teachers and children’s missionaries with a good biblical education, we built the Bible Center within seven years. This will enable us to train as a missionary work for many Ethiopian full-time servants.
Without our circle of friends, working in Ethiopia would not be possible. Throughout Germany there are churches that carry our work with prayer and gifts. Added to this are the many godparents who faithfully support godchildren, evangelists and poor people from the poor relief 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 work
We as Gospel Mission Ethiopia e. We are distinguished by the fact that it is a missionary work coordinated from Germany and headed by Mission Director Shimeles Retta. To make this possible, it takes a well-functioning team in Ethiopia and one in Germany, who are in contact with each other and pursue one and the same goal, namely to make a 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).