The seeds of the Evangelical revival came – paradoxically – when the military government of the Derg closed churches and imprisoned believers after 1974. As the principal of the Evangelical Theological College told me ‘then every house became a church’ and people shared their faith. After religious freedom was proclaimed in 1991 there was a massive growth. Now there are over 80 evangelical churches with around 20m members. But church leaders are concerned to deepen peoples’ faith and train church leaders. The challenge is to maintain the growth and make sure its not a short-lived bubble. With the vitality of their church life there’s every sign they are doing this.
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