Located in the horn of Africa, both Middle Eastern and tribal African influences touch every corner of Ethiopia. The most populated landlocked country in the world and the second most populated nation in Africa, Ethiopia is one of the oldest cultures on earth. Literature and archaeological finds date back to Bible times - including the servant from Ethiopia mentioned in the book of Acts. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church even claims to being the modern day home of the Ark of the Covenant.
And, of course, the documented fact of Ethiopia being the birthplace of coffee.
The country itself is as beautiful and diverse as its people, with tropical jungle in the west, mountains, desert in the east, and even the largest cave on the continent of Africa. It’s also a nation well acquainted with pain, as during the last century civil wars and famine devastated the land.
*Photo by Candace Robbins
In the heart of Ethiopia is a town called Debre Zeyit, known for the beautiful flowers sold along its streets. Surrounded by rolling hills and close to Green Crater Lake, this town also has another distinction - almost 200,000 residents touched by the prevalence of HIV, tuberculosis, and their resulting loss of life. Most children have lost at least one parent; many have lost both.
While in Ethiopia, you may have the opportunity to love on, play with, develop sports camps, and organize VBS for children and teenagers. You may visit their homes, meet and pour into their families, and possibly even help with manual labor around their local homes.
This summer, come be the hands and feet of Christ in one of the most ancient civilizations of the world.