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 church.  Apparently there’s a morning session of the same number as well.  They come from the local secondary school and meet on Fridays p I think on Sundays too.  The teaching was done by a man/boy of about 18.  He had finished at the school the previous year and was giving a talk about the differences between the gospels.

I was the next item on the programme and decided I’d try out my Amharic.  They lsitended patiently for a few minutes to my efforts.  Then Mengistu said ‘they all speak English’.  This led to much hilarity – and a great afternoon.

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