Ethiopian Partnership Team
As We Celebrate the Season of Giving; We Would Like Your Support In Donating
Books for BESS!
Silent Night Holy Night!
Let Us Bring Joy Of Reading To Light!
Each And Everyone Can Do Their Part!
As We Give Humbly From Our Hearts!
Give the gift of reading to students at the Dembi Dollo church-run high school by contributing $25 for our special drive. A donation card can be downloaded by clicking here to note your gift in honor of someone this Christmas.
Check made out to: SVP
Memo line: Books for BESS
Send to: PRESBYTERY OF SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY
5811 Heritage Landing Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9360
SVP Ethiopian Partnership Team
Ethiopia Trip Youtube
The Ethiopian Partnership Team looks forward to reporting to the Presbytery at its May 31st Assembly. In the meantime, please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eAZpOZg9h4&feature=youtu.be
(or copy and paste in your browser) to see a 15-minute presentation of our February trip.
A full presentation, with time for question and answers, has been scheduled for Nineveh Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 23rd, at 12:30pm. You're welcome to join us then; we also hope to schedule presentation times in congregations on the east and west ends of the Presbytery. Stay tuned!
Report/Update on Presbytery Partnership with Western Wollega Bethel Synod (WWBS), Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Presbyterian church was established in 1919 by missionaries from the Presbyterian Church of America. The mission started with the work of evangelism, and the operation of a school and clinic. The missionaries were forced to leave from 1936 through 1941 because of the Italian occupation. When the missionaries returned in 1942 they left the work of evangelism to the indigenous church leaders and they continued the work of the school and clinic. Many churches, clinics and church school were built from 1942 until 1974 when the communist revolution occurred.
The Bethel Evangelical Church encountered severe persecution from 1974 until the communist government was ousted in 1991. Churches were closed down. Many members were put in prison and some were killed because of their faith. Church buildings were converted to store rooms, dance halls and offices for peasant associations.
After 1991 the revival of church work began with great vigor. Today there are ten presbyteries with 241 congregations and over 225,000 members. The Synod operates an elementary school, a secondary school, a bible school and two hostels for orphans. The dynamic membership growth of the church is primarily attributable to the holistic ministry that is addressing the spiritual, physical and social needs of the communities of Western Wollega. People are serving people. The poor and the needy are serving the poorer and more needy. Church members are "living for Christ". They are praising God in spite of the economic, social and other crises they face.
Worshippers walk hours to standing-room-only Sunday services. Cell groups of up to one hundred souls praise the Lord at weekday worship services and bible study in neighborhood homes. The strong fellowship of believers acts as a positive influence for evangelism. Due to a shortage of pastors much of the work of the church is being carried out by lay members. Elders are provided with one month of training, so they can effectively perform their duties. Youngsters are enthusiastically participating and serving in all levels within the church.
In spite of much previous persecution and current adversity, the churches of the Western Wallega Bethel Synod are alive and actively growing. The members are enthusiastically praising God in worship and prayer and living for Christ by sharing what God has given them.
- 12-7-2011 international partnership agreement0001 (pdf) - 236.02 KB
- Books for bes1 (doc) - 748.00 KB
- Eptupdateletter2016.01.21 (pdf) - 162.07 KB
- Ethiopian partnership presbytery assembly powerpoint (pdf) - 871.88 KB
- Flag - ethiopian (jpg) - 3.01 KB
- Group traveled to ethiopia (jpg) - 62.28 KB
- P1605r06a epmt report and minutes (pdf) - 69.97 KB
- Rural education project (pdf) - 556.97 KB
- Rural education project summary (pdf) - 169.98 KB
- Sister presbyteries (pdf) - 93.62 KB
- The lords spirit visits us through the ethiopian visitors (pdf) - 43.72 KB
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- Western wollega bethel synod-svp partnership agreement (pdf) - 36.71 KB
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