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Ethiopia, different faces

There have been many different perceptions of what Ethiopia is….. In 1984-5 there was the war and the famine.  BBC documentaries and LiveAid made us sadly familiar with images of suffering and starvation.  This aroused the sorrow and compassion of … Continue reading

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Back in the UK

Thanks for following this blog over recent months. I’m now back at church in cloudy and wet Cambridge with the sights and sounds and people of Ethiopia a long way off. However I’m still in touch and there is plenty … Continue reading

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Pentecostals

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’ … Continue reading

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Reflecting – Orthodox

I’ve just finished writing a report on the visit.  It’s been great to look back over the people I have met and the things I have done. Religion is definitely alive and well – everywhere.  But each of the churches … Continue reading

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A bit more on Somaliland

  Somaliland declared itself independent in 1991 – and its still unrecognised by any country except Ethiopia.  Here’s the Anglican church – sadly ruined and unused.  There are a few Anglicans, mostly students, but no minister.  Its part of the … Continue reading

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Reflecting

Its the last weekend of the visit. I’m reflecting on all the things I’ve seen.  Its clear that this a religious society.  All the churches are well attended, with enthusiasm and commitment which I can only admire – and hope … Continue reading

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Thanks

    The project has gone well and its thank to some great colleagues and friends. Kumelachew is a church scholar and ecumenist, who set up the church leaders AIDS agency mentioned below.  He’s accompanied around many churches and helped me … Continue reading

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BVO and us

We meet the BVO team.  Mulugeta Gebru (PfC – director of JeCCDO, Ethiopia), Peter Jones (director of PfC UK), Adam (diredotr BVO), Khedra Omer (board director BVO), two of their staff members). We hope the first of many meetings.

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Somaliland

The week with Partners for Change continues in style.  We’ve been invited to meet up from groups doing work with women in Somsliland. Our hosts were the Barwaqo Voluntary Association who gave us a thorough tour of their work.  Literacy … Continue reading

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With thanks to blog readers

Thanks for reading this. I realise that the posts have been erratic.  It’s often hard to get internet access.  So I’ve added several posts whenever I have the opportunity. I’m coming to the end of the visit. I’ve had some … Continue reading

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