Reaching Muslims - Helping the Vulnerable
Bringing Muslims to Christ is one of our primary mission objectives in Ethiopia. Tens of thousands of Muslims have turned to faith in Christ in Ethiopia, including many Imams and Sheiks. I am proud to say that Harmony Outreach is now neck-deep involved in this effort. While it may be hard for ordinary Christians to personally reach Muslims, there is a way you can be responsible for leading scores to faith in Christ--by helping us deploy Muslim Background Believer (MBB) evangelists!
Jesus’ ministry model for reaching a pagan world was to personally disciple and send out 12 Apostles (Apostle is the Greek Word for “one who is sent”). These men carried Christianity into country after country--displacing the traditional false religious systems native to the culture--and ultimately turned the Roman Empire upside down. Likewise, Harmony currently trains MBB evangelists who are chomping at the bit to return to the Muslim villages and regions they once lived in with the Good News of Jesus. MBBs are effective because they understand Muslim thinking, they relate to their culture and they are intimately familiar with the Koran and the Bible. For these reasons, they are welcomed and listened to. Harmony’s Ethiopia Director, Dr. Eyasu, is leading these men and women through a training and discipleship program. Upon graduation, our MBBs are sent out and in short order begin leading Muslim after Muslim to faith in Christ.
Helping the vulnerable is our second mission objective in Ethiopia. As one of the poorest countries in the world, Ethiopia has large number of orphans. It has been estimated that up to 8% of the population are orphans. Only a tiny fraction will ever be adopted internationally. Our work is with the overwhelming majority who will not be adopted.
Harmony supports five orphan homes — four in the capital Addis Ababa, and one in Wolaita, Sodo. Each home has between 5-8 children and is managed by an Ethiopian ministry called Hanna Orphan’s Home. HOH founder, Hanna Teshome, has been called the Ethiopian Mother Teresa. She is a beautiful woman of faith and love – and we are joyful that God brought Harmony alongside to hold up her arms in the rescue and life-transformation of so many at-risk children.
Jesus said he came to rescue the poor and brokenhearted and transform their lives into something new and beautiful. These “oaks of righteousness,” would then rebuild and restore the society around them. With the Lord’s help, we are coming to the aid of orphaned children who had no hope and “…bestowing on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair!” (Isa. 61:13)
The children in our care are raised in a Christian environment and provided everything they need to overcome the challenges they face and succeed —becoming change agents for their own country.
Harmony also provides a full-time nurse, who cares for 250 orphans and staff.
Spreading the Good News!
In addition to our work rescuing the vulnerable, Harmony Outreach is partnering with Word of Life Church in Wolaita Sodo. This powerhouse church of 4,000 is doing a great job spreading the Gospel and reaching the lost in South Ethiopia, including Muslim areas, but they are very poor.
The Bible says that the Body of Christ is one body with many members—each having a different function. When all of those members come together, with Christ at the head, we are complete and nothing is lacking. And so one way that Harmony helps to spread the Good News in Ethiopia is by partnering with Word of Life church and providing them some of the resources which they lack. In addition to providing physical resources—everything from computers, to guitars, to toothbrushes—Harmony organizes “friendship teams” to visit Word of Life church, where we engage in ministry with them. We go to bless and help them in their work and, in return, we end up having a fresh wind and fresh fire in our own walks with the Lord.
In 2015, Harmony, in partnership with Legacy Christian Fellowship, Thornton, Colorado, provided 2,000 Bibles in their native Amharic language to the children of Word of Life Church and to Hanna Orphan's Home children.
"At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. (2 Cor. 8:14)"