Ethiopia has in recent years demonstrated its tremendous, yet untapped potential on the African continent. Diplomatically, Ethiopia has long been a provider of security in the region, helping to stabilise Somalia and South Sudan and offering important support during Sudan’s transition.
However, a vicious year of civil war in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray has left thousands of people dead, millions displaced and at least 400,000 in “catastrophic famine conditions”.
Fighting broke out between Ethiopia’s national government and forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in November 2020, and both sides have been accused of civilian massacres, gang rapes, torture, and making arrests on the basis of ethnicity. A recent escalation in fighting has the potential to destabilise the entire region.
The Ethiopian Church, in all its representations, desperately needs the support of the larger body of Christ. It is tremendously challenging for the Ethiopian Church to pursue peace-making efforts and reconciliation when there is such a temptation to choose sides.
Pray for Ethiopia
- May Ethiopia honour God through praise and worship and be a gateway of the Gospel (Psalm 68:11). Pray that ongoing war will not prevent this nation from offering praise and worship unto the Most High God.
- Pray for Christians in this nation to be the light of Christ. Ask the Lord to expel darkness (Matthew 5:13).
- Pray for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the other political leaders to carry out God’s will for Ethiopia and be a witness for Him in Africa (1 Timothy 2:1).
- Pray for God to intervene and end the war so that Ethiopia can serve God’s purposes.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering (Zephaniah 3:10).