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Find a mission worker — Ethiopia

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Stephen and Brenda Stelle

Michael and Rachel Weller - Regional liaison for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan) - Michael

Learn more about the work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa. It has been an independent country since ancient times, and unlike other African countries, it maintained its freedom from colonial rule except for a brief period of Italian occupation from 1936 to 1941. Its monarchy was overthrown in 1974 and the country is now a democratic republic. More than half of the population is Christian and a third is Muslim. While Ethiopia has struggled with severe poverty and hunger issues, it currently boasts one of the fastest-growing economies on the African continent.

Rich and Marilyn Hansen

Rich teaches systematic theology at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST). The school was founded in 1997 by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church, and the Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia. In addition to theology, the school offers programs in leadership, management, and HIV/AIDS ministry. Marilyn serves as a communications assistant at EGST, which has provided her with a variety of ways to use her writing gifts at the seminary. Home presbytery: San Joaquin; Learn more
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John and Gwenyth Haspels

John and Gwen do church planting and evangelism among the Suri and Baale peoples of southwest Ethiopia. A Suri church has already been established, and John and Gwen, responding to an invitation, are now working with Ethiopian colleagues to plant a church to serve the Baale people. They use Community Health Evangelism methodology to present the gospel in a holistic manner. They work in partnership with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Home presbytery: Southern Kansas; Learn more
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Stephen and Brenda Stelle

Brenda is teaching English at the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School in Ethiopia. Experienced in teaching high school and college English, she will seek to give students a greater fluency and understanding of the English language. It is a skill that will help them find viable careers and follow the paths God has chosen for them. Stephen is teaching pastors, thus helping the fast growing Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus fill a need for well-trained clergy. He brings 30 years of ministry experience to the task. “It has always been our one desire to answer God’s call and now he’s calling us to serve him in Ethiopia,” say Stephen and Brenda. Home presbytery: Shenango; Learn more
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Carolyn Weber

Carolyn teaches at Mekane Yesus Theological Seminary. “God has called me to equip, nurture, challenge, and inspire these seminary students to be even more compassionate and effective church servants, growing daily into the likeness of Christ,” she says. Carolyn and the seminary seek to mold leaders with tools to reduce poverty, preach and teach the Word accurately and effectively, encourage women and girls to develop their full potential, and promote wholeness and reconciliation for all. Home presbytery: Great Rivers; Learn more
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Michael Weller

regional liaison for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan)

Michael serves as the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where he works with partners in South Sudan, Sudan, and Ethiopia, supports the work of other mission personnel, and nurtures presbytery and congregational partnerships Serving in Ethiopia, with his wife Rachel Weller. Home presbytery: Abingdon/Pittsburgh; Learn more
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