Mehal Dire Dawa Meserete Kirstos Church Student Center

This church has nearly 1900 attendees and their vision is to educate, train, and encourage disciples to spread the Gospel. As a part of this vision they host 235 children at their Compassion center where they participate in Bible studies and prayer groups.
Ethiopia
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Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

235 children

Pastor Bekele Assefa is changing Dire Dawa as he serves the children in Jesus’ name. This church oversees a Compassion child development program and is looking to partner with a church in the United States.

  • The dry plains of Dire Dawa are home to 251,800 residents.
  • A typical home is constructed of dirt floors, wood walls, and corrugated iron roofs.
  • Common health concerns: tuberculosis, malaria, parasitic diseases, HIV/AIDS.
  • Social needs: sanitation systems, anti-malaria medication, job opportunities, medical centers, improved educational facilities .

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  • The dry plains of Dire Dawa are home to 251,800 residents.
  • A typical home is constructed of dirt floors, wood walls, and corrugated iron roofs.
  • Common health concerns: tuberculosis, malaria, parasitic diseases, HIV/AIDS.
  • Social needs: sanitation systems, anti-malaria medication, job opportunities, medical centers, improved educational facilities.
  • Mehal Dire Dawa Meserete Kirstos Church was established in 1949 as a congregation of 5, in association with Mennonite missionary work.
  • They, along with many other churches, experienced a time of intense challenges with acceptance in their communities and closed for 17 years. They reopened their doors with joy in 1991 and have since grown immensely.
  • This church has partnered with Compassion for 7 years.
  • Vocational training and improved educational opportunities are helping to launch children into a brighter future.
  • The Good News of God’s love is reaching the community through the center staff, children, and their families.
*Consider using this profile as a tool to begin a discussion with your leadership to see how it may fit with your church's vision and mission. While we cannot guarantee you will be partnered specifically with this Pastor, we are seeking participants for our Church to Church strategy.