By God's grace and under the leadership of the late Jim McClelland, and the Pastors and members of Whitewell, a great ministry has emerged in the village of Kariftu, Ethiopia.  One of the poorest countries in Africa, many people see life as hopeless and without any future.

The complex at Kariftu consists of a 2000-seater church, a school, a clinic and a bakery - a holistic approach to help the people of this area in their spiritual, educational and physical needs.

At our Schools in Kuriftu and also our Kindergarten School and Daycare in Bobagaya all our children receive free education each day. They receive free medical care and free meals through our feeding program, but one of the greatest gifts that each of us can give to our children is the gift of Gods Holy word, for within his Word is life and life everlasting and that is why the heart of our Ministry is to bring the love of our Lord Jesus Christ to hundreds of children and their families through our outreach program .

The Church

The church at Kariftu was officially opened in 2007 by Pastor James McConnell. It is pastored by Bezabih a local Servant of God who is seeing great growth in the church.

Approximately 70 miles away, at Ambo, another miraculous ministry has since developed. The church congregation there has risen to over 2,000 people attending worship each week. A building project is currently underway to facilitate no fewer than 5,000 people. The foundations are now built for the new church and the funding was impressively raised by the congregation at Ambo.



Update 2019

It’s proved another eventful and busy year for The Hope For Ethiopia project and team.

The Ethiopia project is a united collaboration between The Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast Hope for Ethiopia Charity and our team on the ground in Ethiopia.

In the nation of Ethiopia, there is a faithfully committed team spearheaded by our Brother in Christ Pastor Bezabih along with Mercy, Pastor Desta and a faithful team of likeminded brothers and sisters. After a huge and successful Christmas gift distribution and mission trip in February the team has been involved in numerous projects.

From Gospel concerts, bus trips to Kildare and charity bag packs, a concentrated fundraising effort on behalf of the children in Ethiopia has continued unabated. 
Through such fundraising efforts and the generosity of many the charity has been able to contribute £4000  for the maintenance of our Ambo Church which is in the process of erecting a new building, and £1000 to complete the surfacing of our school playground in Kuriftu where Pastor Bezabih had already raised and financed over £4000.

This year has seen our first group of children come through day-care in Bobagaya from the age of 2 years old. These children continue into kindergarten, graduating to our main school in Kuriftu. 
Our children in Kuriftu have also continued to shine and excel in their academic development with our school, one of the highest performing schools in the area.

After primary and secondary education, most of our children will advance to vocational qualifications and University education where those who are most disadvantaged will continue to receive financial assistance and support.  The Ethiopia mission continues its holistic approach of providing Spiritual, educational, nutritional, clothing, medical support and educational resources for our children, while the Whitewell Church in Ethiopia progressively continues its outreach in the local area reaching all ages with the Gospel.

The Ambo Church plant continues to flourish and is patiently moving forward with its building project led by a faithful Servant Pastor Lemi and his faithful associates and Elders. 

The HFE ministry is fulfilling the vision and commission given to our Brother Jim McClelland and now continued by Jim’s wife Eleanor, daughter Karen Orr and a committed missionary team, a primary aim of extending the Kingdom of God through our Saviour The LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is currently reaching those deemed unreachable by many in our modern age.

All this is only possible through the prayers and support of the Whitewell people along continued external support. Without such provision those who are most at need would be disadvantaged.  If you feel led and you would like to become involved with the mission in Ethiopia why not speak to one of the team and see where you could personally help make a difference to others. Please continue to uphold the Ethiopia vision in your prayers. 

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