Please enjoy this report by Evangelist Tamryn Klintworth from In His Name Ministries of the Dilla Gospel Crusade which took place from the 2 – 5th February 2017.
“INTRODUCTION: Ethiopia sits bordered by strongly Muslim nations: Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti. The Islam influence is heavy and constantly threatens to overwhelm. The country has the largest population in Africa second only to Nigeria. A personal relationship with the Lord is a foreign concept, with under 20% of the nation professing to be born-again believers. The main religions range from Islam and ancestral/idol worship to Ethiopian Orthodox, the latter involving prayers being directed at the saints rather than Jesus, priests acting as intermediaries between people and God and eternal life being earned through good works. In both the Islam and Orthodox faiths, becoming born again results in being cast out of home and family. The persecution is intense.
With this in mind, we set our hearts towards Dilla, a southern market town. From the first day to the last (2 – 5 February) thousands gathered in a dusty stadium, the crowd swelling until it was 20,000 strong on the final night. Due to the tremendous persecution, crusade attendees who are Muslim or Orthodox are hesitant to be seen completing a decision card or accepting follow-up material. Consequently, while we can positively say that a marvellous total of 6,907 precious people accepted the Lord as Saviour, the pastors – who understand the challenges faced by believers in Dilla – are adamant that thousands more said “Yes!” to the Lord while in the crowd in a more secretive manner, much like Nicodemus in John 3. We pray they will seek out the pastors, who will help them grow strong in the Lord until they can boldly declare their faith. Please join us in praying for them! Be blessed by the daily reports that follow, written each evening after the crusade service.
An Amharic decision card being completed before follow-up material is given.
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