The pastor of the Alliance church in Glen Ellyn, IL, Talargie Tafesse, is making a trip to Ethiopia at the beginning of 2013. He wants to make the experience available to anyone in the district who may have an interest in ministry to Ethiopia at any level. Talargie was a doctor of veterinary in Ethiopia before coming to Wheaton nine years ago to pursue theological studies. He planted a church in nearby Glen Ellyn in 2006 and has started another small group in Chicago to reach the more than 15,000 Ethiopians living in Chicagoland. As you can read below, Talargie is returning to Ethiopia for ministry, but is forming a short-term trip at the beginning of the year which he is hosting a limited number to join him.


Talargie writes:

After a long time of reflection and prayer I am decided to return to my home country within the next year to serve the Kingdom of God. In the mean time, in an effort to serve people in need during a short-term trip, connect with ministry opportunities for long-term partnership, and explore the possibility of pioneering a new holistic ministry, I will be traveling to Ethiopia in early January. I am discussing the plan and the trip with ministry partners and people I know in Ethiopia. There will be a marvelous opportunity to serve in the slum of Addis Ababa to meet the need of orphans, widows and poor children. Moreover there will be a tour around Addis and prayer for the communities we visit and the nation of Ethiopia in general.

In a one-day vision-trip to the 600 years old town of Debre berhan 130 km north of Addis Ababa, we will tour the community, explore ministry opportunities, and meet church leaders. We will offer leadership training for church leaders in the town.

If there are groups or individuals from any church I am sure the trip will be enriching and extremely beneficial for long-term impact. I am prayerfully expecting people whom God prepared for the trip, and anyone who is interested is most welcome to join me.

Ethiopia is the 2nd largest in Africa in terms of population and it has a rich history and long connection with Christianity. Religious composition of the country is diverse with Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Protestants being the largest blocks estimated at 62%, 34%, and 18% respectively[ii]. Addis Ababa is a city of about 4 million people, the home for the organization of African Unity (OAU) and the hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and many other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa”, due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has more than 82 nationalities speaking more than 80 languages.

One of the ministry we will work with is Bright Future ministry which serves in one of the most populated and impoverished slums of Addis Ababa with amazing impact on the life of children and widows. We will have some time with the children, the parents/guardians and the staff for mutual learning and also to share the love of Christ with them. We will pray for, visit families and the community. Brainstorming and training on holistic community development will be beneficial to the staff. We will have a chance to offer training and interact with the staff.

In both Addis Ababa and Debre Berhan we will prayerfully explore opportunities for long-term partnership and pioneering new church planting and holistic community-transformation projects. There is a huge open door and available opportunity to partner on existing projects or pioneer new ones in partnership with the local body of Christ.

NB: If there are individuals or groups who want to do something different from the ones I mentioned above I have extensive connection and network. I will try to connect them with relevant opportunities.

Talargie Tafesse, Senior pastor of Tensae Church in Glen Ellyn, IL

Email: | Phone 630 7010708.