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Ethiopian church turns 50

Lutherans celebrated 50 years of the 5-million member Ethiopian Evangelical [Lutheran] Church Mekane Yesus, Jan. 17-18, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for ELCA Global Mission, spoke to around 2,000 attendees about Onesimos Nesib, a 19th-century missionary to Ethiopia.

He thanked the church for its “sons and daughters [who] have been a blessing” to ELCA congregations.


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