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Injured mission co-workers have safely returned home to Kansas
Gwen and John Haspels, second-generation mission co-workers who spent more than 40 years planting churches and doing community development work in remote areas of Africa, have safely returned home to Halstead, Kan., to continue medical treatment and recuperation. They will retire from service June 30, 2015.

Presbyterian World Mission is asking for prayers for longtime Presbyterian mission co-workers Gwen and John Haspels,who were injured October 1, 2014, when their car was attacked by armed bandits on a rural road in Ethiopia. They were flown to a Level 1 trauma center in South Africa. 

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Presbyterian work in Ethiopia dates back to 1918.  Regent Haile Selassie, soon to become king, invited the Presbyterian Church to come into the country to help with the great 1918–19 worldwide flu epidemic. Dr. Lamby, a Presbyterian missionary in the Sudan responded, established the present hospital in Dembidollo, and the school and church there. He went on to establish hospitals in Addis Ababa, which became the Pasteur Institute then the Pasteur Research Institute (for infectious diseases). Another of the hospitals became the world-renowned ALERT (Africa Leprosy Research and Training Center). He is still looked upon as a national hero. Later Haile Selassie, in the early 1960s, also invited the Presbyterian Church to send missionaries to two remote provinces of southwest Ethiopia in what was known as the Illababour-Kaffa project.

A number of long-term Presbyterian missionaries have continued the ministry in this area through the years. The PC(USA)’s partner church, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), includes 17 synods, five of which (each with “Bethel” in their name) are Presbyterian. Other synods have Lutheran and Reformed Church backgrounds.

Partner churches and organizations

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY)
Bethel Synods Coordination Office
Eastern Gambela Synod
Illubabor Bethel Synod
Southwest Bethel Synod
Western Gambela Bethel Synod
Western Wollega Bethel Synod

Partner institutions

Bethel Evangelical Secondary School
Berhane Yesus Elementary School
Bethel Mekane Yesus School
Mekane Yesus Seminary

Recommended projects/institutions to support
Baale Outreach project
Gidada Bible School
Bethel Mekane Yesus School
Bethel Evangelical Secondary School
Charles Haspels Bible School
EECMY Student Ministry
EECMY Evangelism Program

Presbytery partnerships

Shenandoah Presbytery
Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
Washington Presbytery

Ethiopia Mission Network

The Ethiopia Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

  • For information contact Giny Roundy
    2015 meeting date: April 16-18; Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, Calif.

Learn more about Ethiopia

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Visit the BBC country profile

See the 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, pp. 142, 144

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