Healing Mercies for Ethiopia

By Andy Warren, Apr 4, 2013
It had been almost 25 years since I saw a child with severe malnutrition.

In fact, it was during the Ethiopia famine in the mid ‘80s. These kids have orange hair, stick-thin arms and legs, and swollen bellies. They often don’t survive without careful management. You can’t just hand them a cup of milk and porridge.

During a recent clinic with a visiting medical team in our new community of Suki, we found one small girl, severely malnourished. We had chosen to work in Suki because it has one of the most marginalized groups and some of the sickest and poorest people in the country. Still, this little girl was extreme even for children in this community. She looked like the famine poster child. We sent her to the hospital and after a few days plus about $40 for all her care, she was well enough to return home.

House Calls
When the little girl got out of the hospital, Danny, our project manager, and I did a follow-up visit. We found the mother, who was abandoned by her husband for another woman, living in one room of a mud and tin building, which is pretty typical for Suki. Also typical in most Ethiopian homes are icons or a poster of Mary if they are Orthodox Christians, or a poster of Mecca and some Koranic verses if they are Muslim.

And even the very poorest people have furniture in their houses. By contrast, this mother had almost nothing: two mattresses in one corner on the mud floor, a busted up cabinet, and nothing on the walls. The baby sat on the floor eating a potato.

Building trust with people here takes time, so digging out the real story and facts is often hard. As Danny quizzed the mother about herself, he received vague answers. The little girl was clearly stronger, but still not getting enough nutrition. Danny and I agreed this needed follow up.

New Community, New Hope We’re thankful that the extreme condition of this little girl is not representative of Ethiopia or Addis Ababa. The health and well-being of Ethiopians in general is improving. One of the reasons that we’re able to expand our work to Suki is because we’ve seen huge improvements in our other communities. More than half of the families we have worked with now support themselves. More than 300 people with AIDS have gone from being destitute, and in most cases dying, to being healthy and working to support themselves and their families.

Please pray for us as we expand our ministry into Suki. One of the things we will do as we start is a child health and nutrition survey. Pray for wisdom and creativity in how to go about this. With God’s help, we hope to bring His healing mercies and the gospel to this new community.

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Pray for those in the urban slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who are struggling economically due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Pray for ongoing ministry in the Suki community during COVID-19. Many day workers cannot work, and the church is having to find creative ways to minister. 

Pray for the team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as national partners and MTW missionaries work hand in hand for a greater overall impact.

Pray for a new initiative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to hand deliver soap and provide education on disease prevention to 600 families in poverty-stricken communities. 

Pray for the new church plant in Suki, a settlement where people struggle with deep poverty. A year after the church started meeting, dozens have become believers.

Pray for the impoverished community of Suki in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our teams are serving people in this community to meet physical and spiritual needs.

Give thanks for lives transformed among the urban poor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and pray for ongoing spiritual growth. 

Pray for the church-planting team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (comprised of five Ethiopian nationals and an MTW missionary) as they work together to wholistically share Christ and serve the local community. 

Pray for the Suki church plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and for God to open doors to plant another church in a nearby community. 

Pray for the people being served through Ethiopia ACT, MTW's ministry serving the most marginalized in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 


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