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Profile : Ethiopia

Region: Africa
Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 102,374,044
Area: 1 106 000 sq km
GDP per capita: $700.00
Religions: Ethiopian Orthodox 43.5%, Muslim 33.9%, Protestant 18.5%
Languages: Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic, other local languages, English (major foreign language taught in schools)


Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations on earth and has a long written history.

In the 4th century North Ethiopia became one of the first Christian nations and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was the State Church from 1270 until the 1974 Marxist revolution.

Under the Marxist regime, Christians were persecuted and scattered.

Since 1991 there has been freedom to worship and witness and the government has become more democratic.

Ethiopia's recent history has been coloured by droughts, famine and war, including clashes with Somalia and Eritrea. The UN has also identified Ethiopia as now being host to the largest number of refugees in Africa.


Prayer Points

  • for the Government to lead with wisdom and courage to bring about positive change. Recent history has been characterised by repression, wars, famines and poverty.
  • for the means to support more full-time Christian workers. Praise God for growth in churches in Ethiopia.
  • Pray that children in the Retrak street ministry program would experience God's love for them.




Category Opportunity Category Duration
Bible and Theology College Dean - Ethiopia Long Term
Education School Teachers - Ethiopia School Teachers Long Term and Short Term


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