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Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

 

Coffee is not prepared quickly in Ethiopia. The entire ceremony may take hours.
A hostess roasts coffee beans on a small grill, then smashes and grinds them. Finally, they are brewed in a special pot. Children may help with the ceremony.

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Snack from Ethiopia

 

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Singing and Praying in Prison

Praying for Ethiopia

Last fall, after receiving training about how to share the gospel, some Christians in Ethiopia decided to pass out Christian books to people in their community. Four girls, Gifti (age 14), Mihiret (14), Eden (15), and Deborah (18) helped hand out the books.

Muslims in the community said the girls were “insulting” Islam, the religion of Muslims. Because of their complaints, the four girls were arrested and taken to a prison for criminals. On their first night in the prison, Eden was beaten. But she said to a Christian who visited her in prison, “This [suffering] is an honor for us. We should expect persecution. We are not afraid. We are singing and praying here in prison.”

Praise God, the girls were released from prison shortly before Christmas in good health!
(Source: World Watch Monitor)

To Talk About
*Why do you think Eden said that the girls’ suffering was “an honor?” (Read about some early Christians who also considered suffering for Jesus an honor in Acts 5:40-41.)
*Why did Eden say Christians should expect persecution? (Read John 15:20.)
*Who were also singing and praying in prison in Acts 16:25?

Read more about courageous Christians in Ethiopia in Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section.


The Witch Doctor’s Neighbors

Ethiopia
Ethiopian Girl

The Christians in an Ethiopian village wanted to have a building where they could meet together. They found some empty land and began to build a small church.

But, as it turned out, they had a very unfriendly neighbor. The man who lived next to the church was a witch doctor. People came from all over Ethiopia to ask the witch doctor for help with their problems. He became rich and famous.

The witch doctor did not like Christians. He cast spells on the Christians and their land as they were building the church.

Witchcraft
The Bible warns us to stay away from witchcraft. (Look up Deuteronomy 18:10–11.)

Christian workers in Ethiopia know how much trouble witch doctors cause. But they know Jesus is stronger than the power of the witch doctors. Here is what one worker said:

“Usually the job of witch doctor is passed down to someone in the witch doctor’s family. They chant, sacrifice animals, use potions, etc. Scripture says we’re not to have anything to do with witchcraft. It’s very harmful. People are drawn to it because they are curious about the unseen world. They want witchcraft to give them assurance, protection, and power that is superhuman.

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Homework and Academic Fair Ideas

Bold Believers in Nigeria

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(Find additional homework help ideas in our posts Homework Help and Write a Report: Be a Voice.)

Bold Believers in Nigeria
Nigerian languages
Shariah law
Bold Believers in Pakistan
9/11, the Taliban, al-Qaida
Blasphemy laws
Bonded laborers
Pakistani culture
Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia
Who are the Khmu?
Buddhist beliefs
Bold Believers in North Korea
Robert Thomas, missionary
Learning About Islam
Muslim beliefs and practices
Comparing Islam and Christianity
The Quran
Women in Islam
Bold Believers in Burma
Buddhism
Bold Believers in Colombia
Comparing Marxism and Christianity
Bold Believers in Turkey
Smyrna, a Turkish city
Bold Believers in Gaza and the West Bank
Jerusalem
Bold Believers in Eritrea
Eritrean Christians
Bold Believers in Egypt
Making papyrus
Comparing Christianity and the ancient religion of the Pharaohs
Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs
Who are the Uygurs?
Bold Believers in China
Papermaking
Big things in China
Christians in China
Bold missionaries who went to China
Bold Believers in Iraq
Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims
Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia
Christians in North Africa (also see Bold Believers in Morocco and Egypt)
Berbers and Berber cave homes (also see Bold Believers in Morocco)
Bold Believers in Indonesia
Religions of Indonesia
Islands of Indonesia
Bold Believers in India
The states of India
Hinduism
Bold Believers of the Hmong People
The Hmong people
Bold Believers in Vietnam
The religions of Vietnam
Children of Christian prisoners
Bold Believers in Nepal
The religions of Nepal
Bold Believers in Chiapas (Mexico)
Christians in Chiapas
Bold Believers in Ethiopia
Ethiopian culture
Bold Believers in Uzbekistan
Uzbek culture