Church Construction in Jimma - Update

Jimma, Ethiopia

Waqtola Cheneke Gebisa, pictured here, has served as the vice chair for Jimma Ginjo Guduru Bethel Mekane Yesus Church for the past two years, and he continues to serve as an elder. Currently, he is also serving as the vice chair for Jimma Presbytery. He is an assistant professor at the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Jimma University. Waqtola recently sent this update on his congregation’s ministry and building program.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Peace and grace be to you!! I thank you very much for your email and concern about our church. I know that you are always praying for us, thank you very much. On Sundays there are usually more than 2,500 people gathering for worship in our congregation, which is still using our old church building. Since The Outreach Foundation’s last visit to Jimma, we have opened another two preaching places and grown up two preaching places to the status of full congregations. One of our daughter churches opened another two preaching places. So this is how the church is growing.

You may have heard that we have faced technical problems with the building and have been forced to take corrective measures on the first stairs. We have now corrected the problem. We are left with the finishing part which may cost as much as $40,000 USD, including the seats and the sound system.

May God bless you for your concern about Jimma Ginjo Guduru Bethel Mekane Yesus congregation. I hope that you can assist us in raising the funds and pray for us to finish the construction.

Yours truly,
Waqtola Cheneke

Read more about Church Construction in Jimma HERE.

The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts that will help Ginjo Guduru reach their goal and the completion of a new building.