Connecting Ethiopia Mission Partners in Christ
John and Gwen Haspels
Halstead, Kansas
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John and Gwenyth Haspelshave worked on a multiphase project in Ethiopia that could be taxing to the patience of almost anyone. It took the Haspels four years to receive work permits and resident visas from the Ethiopian government for phase I of the project. "We have been learning to wait on and trust in the Lord," said Gwenyth. Phase I of the project was devoted to construction of a 70-kilometer road to Tum and a second road through the mountains to the Surma people in Kibish, and also the development of a good water system for Tum. Phase II of the project was a comprehensive program that includes evangelism, education, medical care, and development work. The Haspels' work was carried out at the invitation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.
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Rev. Stephen Stelle and Brenda Stelle
Mission co-workers in Ethiopia since 2013
Serving at the invitation of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus at Bethel Evangelical Secondary School and Gidada Bible School

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About Stephen and Brenda Stelle's ministries
Brenda Stelle teaches English at the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS) in Dembi Dollo. The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is a longtime partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). BESS was started by the EECMY with the help of Presbyterians in the United States in the 1960s. It is located in the Didessa Valley, which is considered the “bread basket” of Ethiopia, with fertile soil and consistent rains. Local infrastructure, however, is not good—roads are often impassable during the rainy season, and phone and electric systems are unreliable. BESS is a boarding school that provides a high-quality education for the youth of the remote region it serves. The premier education that BESS provides has been the key factor enabling many of its graduates to become leaders in the Ethiopian Church and society.

Stephen serves as an instructor at Gidada Bible School, working with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus as a mentor/trainer of pastors. Because of the rapid growth of the EECMY, the church has a tremendous need for well-trained clergy.  Gidada Bible School is in the process of moving to a diploma institution and is eager for the PC(USA)’s accompaniment in that venture.

Michael and Rachel Weller
PO Box 1111
Addis Ababa
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About Michael and Rachel Weller's ministry
Michael and Rachel Weller were appointed in 1994 to serve in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Michael is PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where PC(USA) works with partner churches in Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Rachel is health coordinator for the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods of the EECMY in western Ethiopia.

Rachel’s work with three medical clinics in one of the most remote parts of Ethiopia offers her many challenges, the largest of which is finding well-trained medical staff willing to live and work there. She is encouraged by the commitment of the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods to overcoming these obstacles so that the people of the area may have access to health care.

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