|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Sahle-Work Zewde|
Despite being one of the first Christian nations in Africa, Ethiopia is being influenced by surrounding Islamic countries. Muslims who convert to Christianity are often cut off from their families.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church also plays a large part in persecuting the church from within. They consider themselves the only ‘true’ Christian denomination and have even attacked other believers.
“Since my father’s death, God has spoken more and more to us and assured us that He loves us. God comforts us. God told us He will be our dad. He will show us His goodness even more in the midst of persecution.” – Bachu (19) from Ethiopia.
Bachu’s family was the only Christian family in their village. Her father was killed for being bold in sharing Jesus. Bachu shared that God strengthened her through her suffering.
Open Doors has been supporting the church in Ethiopia for around 30 years. Through local partners, we are equipping the church to share the gospel in their nation. We provide immediate relief to persecuted believers, help Christians find jobs, and give theological and discipleship training.
Pray the government will reconsider their ban of Christian broadcasting services.
Pray for unity across the church and that unity across denominations will be a testimony of God's love to many.