Fears of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia do little to stop ministry.

By January 28, 2004

Ethiopia (MNN)–A deadlocked peace process and a strong admonition to resolve differences sounds like a scene from the Middle East.

This scene, however, is set in Ethiopia and Eritrea. International reports show the United States is concerned about a possible renewal of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Such a conflict would have dire consequences for the people of the two countries in relations and programs with the United States.

In spite of the potential for danger, Global Advance’s David Shibley says their Frontline Shepherds’ Conference was an encouragement. “563 pastors from over twenty different denominations convened together. It was the first ever interdenominational training conference for pastors and there was tremendous response.”

Shibley says the persecution of believers in Ethiopia and Eritrea is growing. However, “there is a strong fraternity among pastors in Ethiopia and Eritrea. There are cultural challenges and sometimes, tribal challenges, yet at the same time, there’s a bond in Jesus Christ that they not only affirm, but live out day by day.”

Global Advance is committed to going to where the church leaders are, to some of the most impoverished nations on earth, to provide them with the training, resources, and encouragement they so desperately need. These frontline shepherds leave with renewed strength. They go back into the battle with a vision in their hearts and tools in their hands.

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