Ethiopian School Project

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In 2007 God planted a seed here at Bonhomme when Harold Kurtz, then Director of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, spoke at Bonhomme and introduced us to an exciting work of God in Ethiopia.  In 2010 Tom and Don began researching this work and earlier this year traveled to Ethiopia to see first-hand the ground-breaking frontier work of locally-run Light of Hope Ministries. 

Light of Hope Ministries is building schools so that whole villages of children can have access to an education for the first time ever, and in the process the gospel is being spread like wild-fire in an unchurched, primarily Muslim region of Ethiopia. 

What began as a seed is now beginning to blossom into a church-wide partnership: Bonhomme’s Ethiopian School Project.  This Christmas, our goal is to build a school in Ziway Dugda, a region where the Arssi Oromo people of Ethiopia have been asking for a school for years. This school will not only alter the livelihood of an entire village, but will be used by God to alter eternities. And the cost is attainable: this village needs $50,000 to finish building and furnishing a 5-room schoolhouse.

We can all help!

Here are 3 ways you can help make a difference:
  1. Ethiopia School Ornaments: This Christmas give a gift to friends and family that makes a difference. These meaningful little 2-D ornaments (which can be mailed) carry a special message: "A donation has been made in your name to the Ethiopia Project. This gift,made in your name, will make a difference in the lives of the Arssi Oromo children in Ethiopia." Suggested donation for an envelope, ornament, and flier is $20. Stop by our table in Kilby Commons on Sunday morning, or pick one up in the Book Nook during the week. There is also a version available for children to color for a suggested donation of $5 per child.
  2. Christmas Eve Special Offering: pray about how God might want you to participate in our all church special offering on Christmas Eve. As a body we can give the gift of a school house that will change an entire village forever.
  3. Ethiopia Mission Trip 2012: pray about helping teach English to our partner's teacher-evangelists at their annual training summit in Ethiopia.

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