Amhara is home to the beautiful Semien Mountains, the thundering Blue Nile Falls, and Lake Tana with its teeming aquatic life. The birds that fly over these national treasures also see a vast region of significant poverty in the midst of the 18 million people who live there. The beauty of the surroundings contrasts dramatically with the spiritual darkness that envelopes all but a tiny fraction the population.
A Price to Pay
As poverty gives way to desperation, many rural families in Amhara have been known to send their teenage children into neighboring countries and large cities as domestic servants. The people offering to take their children often promise income to the families in return.
In reality, these children are often trafficked as sex slaves. With identification papers in hand, the traffickers are able to make their victims disappear from the public eye, never to be seen again.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church gripped this region in a strangle hold for centuries, resulting in 83% claiming affiliation, followed by 17% Muslim. The .2% who profess Christ as their Lord and Savior are often subject to persecution from police and government officials.
What We’re Doing
On this expedition, we will address the community’s poverty while sharing the Gospel with those we meet. Using the PricelessCube, we will reveal the truth about what is happening to the children they send away. Meanwhile, we will offer Rhode Island Red Hens to each household we visit. Their superior egg-laying capacity offers sustainability to these families and acts as a deterrent to human trafficking.
Working hand-in-hand with our local partners, we will have the opportunity to share the Gospel each day and leave behind new small groups and churches. In just ten days, you can save a child’s life, share the story of Jesus with dozens of people, and leave behind a Gospel movement that outlives your time on this Earth.
Are you ready for the adventure to begin?
Take a look at our Feb 2015 trip. Love to have you in this picture.