Dr. Charles Blair and the Blair Foundation, Denver, Colorado, announced August 31, 2005 the successful completion of a two-year project to secure sponsors to fund the planting of 1,000 evangelical churches in the previously unreached region of Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia, bordering the Sudan.
The project began in response to a plea from the region’s born-again president, Yaregal Aysheshim, and officially launched September 1, 2003, at which time there were only seven churches in the entire region.
Numerous individuals – from elementary school children to senior adults – and ministries from 46 states and 8 countries joined together, making the 1.85-million-dollar undertaking a reality.
The “Ethiopian Call” project has been featured on both the Daystar and Inspiration television networks, as well as in Charisma and Christianity Today magazines.
Each of the one thousand $1850 sponsorships provides a full year of salary, a study Bible and four training sessions for a native Ethiopian missionary; Bibles for new converts; a church benevolence fund; and materials to help construct a church building. Land for construction is granted by President Aysheshim as soon as a village congregation reaches 25 adult members.
Typically, each Ethiopian missionary establishes sister churches in at least two neighboring villages, making possible the complete evangelization of all 3,000 villages and the estimated one-million+ populace of the Benishangul-Gumuz region in the next two years.
As of the spring missionary training in April 2005, deployed missionaries have already reported 24,863 new converts, and 446 of the 1,000 planned church buildings were either completed or under construction.
To learn more or to be involved, please contact:
Foreign Missions Office
2265 Fraser Road
Kawkawlin, MI 48631
“To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27).
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