Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sunday

On Sunday I set off to the Mulu Wengel (full gospel) church at Ketena Hulett.  Mulu Wengel is a pentecostal church which was founded when a group of students started a charismatic prayer group in 1971.  From these small beginnings … Continue reading

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Sunday School – Ethiopian style

When Mengistu invited me to visit the Sunday School he runs, I was surprised that the visit was Friday afternoon.  Even more surprised to arrive and find there were 450 children – teenagers rather – in a large upstairs room at the … Continue reading

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A patronal festival

Thursday was St Michael and All Angels.  We set off to a church dedicated to St Michael.  An early evening drink at a bar first – local araki and beer – ‘for strength’ my companions said, and it turned out they … Continue reading

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Anglican Church in Ethiopia

The Anglican Church has one church in Addis Ababa but over 60 in Gambella in the far west, many members are refugees from south Sudan.  I was delighted that it was the Area Assembly when I was there.  Three representatives … Continue reading

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Islam

My week in Dire Dawa in the east of the country included a visit to Harar.  Harar is an old walled city, which is considered by many Muslims to be the fourth holiest city for Muslims, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.  … Continue reading

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A mouth watering lunch

It’s a fasting day which means Christians don’t eat animal products.  So some restaurants are serving bayanetu – which means ‘many kinds’ We’ve ordered two, so the large injera, a foot or so on diameter are placed on the dish and … Continue reading

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Hoping for a new start

Not far from the school is a water point under construction.  The women who live near it are all unemployed.  They told me they have to spend two hours a day fetching water, for which they have to pay.  This water … Continue reading

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A great school

I visited Sabian 2 Primary School.  Its on the edge of Dire Dawa in a former leper colony.  It had 600 pupils and no loos or water tap.  Over the last three years the new headteacher, pictured in he new … Continue reading

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An African Christianity?

There’s an intriguing remark on the last page of Adrian Hastings’ History of African Christianity 1950-1976 saying that the styles of Christianity which came from Rome, Geneva and Canterbury did not take root in Africa but instead it was the … Continue reading

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Taitu

This is an Addis Ababa institution. The oldest hotel in the city founded in 1898 by the empress Taitu. People came and enjoyed the empress’ hospitality but were ten shocked to be given a bill.  Not the kind of hospitality … Continue reading

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