•  Country Summary
  • The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Ethiopia in 2000 as part of a larger East Africa strategy for training leaders among several people groups in East African countries. The LCMS began mercy work in Ethiopia in 2001 by supporting a garden at the Baro Bethel Bible School. Other projects since then have included gardens for Christian schools, a women’s micro-enterprise project, wells, clinic repairs and food assistance.

    Because East Africa has been the target of many years of mission work by various evangelical groups, the LCMS strategy has been to provide complementary strategy, resources and personnel to support the work of existing mission partners from other Lutheran groups.

    The LCMS works with various synods (which are similar to LCMS districts) of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). A partnership agreement was signed by the LCMS and the EECMY in January 2010 that formalizes the relationship for mutual mission as church bodies and provides a framework for exploring each other’s understanding of our Lutheran identity.

    Because the growth of the East African church has been explosive in recent years, a great need exists to train indigenous leaders who can minister to the large numbers of people who are newly baptized and to many other new villages that have asked for the Gospel. Therefore, the main thrust of LCMS work has been to help build regional mission training centers (MTCs), in cooperation with a number of synods of the EECMY, where national leaders can be mentored and trained in evangelism and church planting. Training seminars for women in these facilities is also a priority. The LCMS is additionally working in the Kakuma, Hagadera and Ifo refugee camps where more than 150,000 Sudanese, Ethiopian, Somali and Ugandan refugees live.

    The EECMY is one of the largest and fastest-growing Lutheran church bodies in the world. The first congregation of this church body was organized in 1929, and its building was constructed in 1948. By 1959, the EECMY claimed 20,000 members, and today it claims an estimated 5.2 million members, with 2 million children attending Sunday school on any given Sunday. The EECMY is served by more than 2,000 pastors in 20 semi-autonomous synods, and its annual growth rate is estimated at 15 percent.

    The LCMS works in mutual mission efforts with leadership in three synods of the EECMY, as well as in coordination with its central office. As with many other Lutheran church bodies in Africa, this mission relationship between the LCMS and the EECMY is helping to convey a confessional Lutheran understanding of Lutheran identity based upon biblical fidelity.

    Though Ethiopia is one of the poorest nations in Africa, the church here exists largely within its own capacity at the local level and reaches out into the community with various ministries. When asked why the church has grown so dramatically, one EECMY pastor responded, “Commitment to proclaiming the Gospel from the leadership down, strong commitment to prayer and strong tithing by the people no matter what they have."


  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    Rev. Shauen Trump
    LCMS East Africa Field Office
    PO Box 22
    Karen 00502



    Partner Church:
    Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus — EECMY
    Central Office
    P.O. Box 2087
    Addis Ababa


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