Eritrea, Africa–Residents of the country of Eritrea, which is situated between Ethiopia and Sudan, have been fleeing to refugee camps by the thousands. Mulugeta and Zaid Weldeab, husband and wife, were among the refugees who escaped. They found themselves in the Hitsats Refugee Camp in northern Ethiopia where they began witnessing for Jesus as they had done in their homeland of Eritrea before it became dangerous.
When mission officials noticed the large number of baptisms resulting from Bible studies Mulugeta had given, they hired him as a Gospel Outreach worker.
The Adventist churches in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, adopted him as a worker. He conducted Bible studies and held services in the small house the United Nations provided. When I visited the camp last year, Mulugeta said, “We need a church. Other denominations have a church, and people ask, ‘Where is your church?’”
The small group of believers showed us a parcel of land that the camp authorities had given for the building of a church, which would cost about $5,000 U.S. I wondered how these people could possibly raise such an amount. But they prayed fervently about the matter.
Nahom Yitebarek, president of the Tigrai Mission, went to his computer and sent out a message stating the need for a new church. An Eritrean physician in the United States happened to see the message and quickly raised the needed funds to begin construction. What a day of rejoicing when the lovely new church was opened and dedicated. Many visitors from the camp joined the members for this special occasion. Please pray that many more camp residents will accept Jesus and be part of the Hitsats Refugee Camp congregation.