Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New District in Ethiopia

Missionaries serving in the Uganda Kampala Mission report that the first district in the country of Ethiopia was created last Sunday. The Addis Ababa Ethiopia District likely includes at least three branches: Two in Addis Ababa and one in Debre Zeit. The Awasa Branch may also be included as part of the district. Altogether there are four branches in Ethiopia. A group of a few members and many investigators meets in the western city of Gambela, comprising of Sudanese refugees. Another group of investigators travels every Sunday to Debre Zeit for Church meetings from a small village in the countryside nearby.

Membership in Ethiopia stood at 848 at the end of 2008, with likely about half actively participating in Church meetings. When Elder Holland visited Ethiopia a few months ago, there were 350-400 in attendance. A new chapel is currently under construction for the Debre Zeit Branch.

Also missionaries report that the new stake in Uganda will be organized January 17th.

1 comment:

rfelsted said...

This is good news. Ethiopa is very interesting--majority Christian in a part of Africa that is mainly Muslim. I wonder if growth will take off as in other African countries or be slow and steady like Greece, Turkey, and some of the other nearby countries.

Any word on the new stake that was planned for Providence, Utah, this past Sunday?