Ethiopia (MNN/E3P) — Amhara is home to the beautiful Semien Mountains, the thundering Blue Nile Falls, and Lake Tana with its teeming aquatic life. The birds that fly over these national treasures also see a vast region of significant poverty in the midst of the 18 million people who live there. The beauty of the surroundings contrasts dramatically with the spiritual darkness that envelopes all but a tiny fraction the population.
As poverty gives way to desperation, many rural families in Amhara have been known to send their teenage children into neighboring countries and large cities as domestic servants. The people offering to take their children often promise income to the families in return.
In reality, these children are often trafficked as sex slaves. With identification papers in hand, the traffickers are able to make their victims disappear from the public eye, never to be seen again.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church gripped this region in a strangle hold for centuries, resulting in 83% claiming affiliation, followed by 17% Muslim. The .2% who profess Christ as their Lord and Savior are often subject to persecution from police and government officials.
That’s where E3 Partners comes in. They’re taking a team to Amhara to make a real difference in the lives of the people who live there. The team will work against the poverty in the area while simultaneously spreading the gospel.
The team will take two main items to share with the community: chickens and a cube.
The chickens are Rhode Island Red Hens. These chickens are known for their egg-laying capacity, which will give the families sustainability. Such a source of food and income can be a deterrent to human trafficking.
The cube is called a PricelessCube. It’s one of a series of cubes designed by E3 Partners to lend a visual aid to volunteers trying to share the gospel with locals who sometimes can’t read. The PricelessCube specifically targets human trafficking, so team members will be able to use it to minister to one of the community’s most crucial struggles.
The team will also help the local church nurture relationships in the community with the hope of planting a church or small groups one day.
In just 10 days, team members can help local church leaders make valuable inroads and potentially prevent human trafficking, share the love of Jesus, and leave an impact that lasts for eternity.
Click here to find details about the next E3 Partners trip to Amhara.