World Mission Sows Gospel Seeds in Ethiopia Despite Locust Plague Devastation

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Drought, flooding, and locusts have plagued Ethiopia for months. Now in the second half of June, experts say the locusts will begin their migration again, potentially leaving Ethiopians and others in the region devastated by continued food shortages.

Locusts have caused and continue to threaten widespread disaster for crops. They often move together in large swarms that are devastating. A swarm that covers a kilometer of land can devour the same amount of food as 35,000 people in a day.

In addition to the drought and flooding, a second wave of these insects leaves many farmers and pastoralists feeling hopeless. Their livelihoods are literally vanishing before their eyes.

New Gospel Opportunities

In the midst of this humanitarian crisis, World Mission workers see increased receptiveness to the Gospel.

Greg Kelley with World Mission says, “Our church planters are actually seeing more receptivity to the Gospel among people groups, like the Somali and the Afar, which are the two largest unreached people groups in the country of Ethiopia. And so from that standpoint, there’s a tremendous opportunity.”

World Mission shares truth with unreached peoples through local, national leaders. These workers live among the people groups they love.

In Ethiopia, many workers with World Mission are facing the same struggles as their neighbors. They’ve lost crops or are struggling to feed their animals. They know the needs of the people around them. This provides one tangible way that World Mission can help open doors for the Gospel.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert


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