Meet Our Staff in Ethiopia
In-Country Program Director
Abebe has been a trustworthy partner in everything that Mission 1:27 has done in Ethiopia since 2007. His gentle guidance and wisdom coupled with absolutely integrity make him a valued overseer to the many and varied projects of Mission 1:27. Abebe is married to beautiful Abonesh and they have four children, one of whom is adopted. Abebe’s two passions (after his family) are children and the unsaved. He energetically reaches out to both.
IGA Program and Business Manager
Staff and donors alike can rest assured that Mission 1:27’s projects in Ethiopia are run correctly and that everything “adds up”. Abonesh has her degree in accounting and comes to Mission 1:27 with years of experience running very large ministries. Her leadership and expertise is invaluable! She is married to Mission 1:27’s in-country representative, Abebe.
Business Manager Shashemene
Ephrem is project coordinator for all the work done by our organization in the southern region of Ethiopia. He has a Master’s Degree in Community Development, which is just perfect for the work he is currently doing. His education, prior experiences with non-profits, and his ability to effectively interface with government officials makes him a key leader. Ephrem is married and has two little girls. Their family is active in Gospel Light Church in Shashemene and Ephrem serves in several leadership capacities and also on the worship team.
Dembidollo Church Partner
Geremew is a man of integrity and vision who demonstrates with action his heart for children, the downtrodden and the unsaved. It is his influence that ignited Mission 1:27 when we saw his churches giving what little they had to help the orphans in their neighborhoods. He also encourages Ethiopian Christians to adopt orphans in their communities and give them a family. Geremew is married and has two sons and one daughter that is adopted. He is the head of 235 Full Gospel churches in the Dembidollo region and oversees a Bible college.
Dembidollo Case Manager
This man of faith is passionate about helping the poor. He has a Bachelor’s degree and is very active in his church. He’s done an outstanding job implementing this program in his community.
Dembidollo Case Manager
Abinesh is particularly well-suited to her position as case manager because she is trained as a nurse. This single woman is a hard worker, easily registers compassion and is a strong believer.
Bole Bulbula Church Partner
Reuben is an evangelist who is now leading the Bole Bulbula church.This delightful young man was a nurse before being called into the ministry. He is working on completion of his theology degree and he loves to lead worship.
Bole Bulbula Case Manager
Demiss is a man who has a heart for the poor and is thankful that he can work with Adoption Ministry 1:27 in his “village” area of Bole Bulbula. Demiss is not married but would like to be! Before working with Mission 1:27, he worked at his church in finance and administration putting his diploma degree in accounting to good use. We are grateful to have this man of integrity who has a heart for God part of our team!
Nefas Silk Meseret Kristos Case Manager
Efrem Abraham is 26-years-old and has his degree in computer science, but his heart is with the poor people of his community. He also is a personal tutor to students in his spare time. He was involved in student ministry while in college and was the choir leader and youth leader in the church where he grew up. Efrem likes reading his Bible and other books, praying, and discussing ideas and problem solving with others. He was raised in a Christian home and is the fifth child having three brothers and two sisters.
Shashemene Church Partner
Mulugeta Yilma was born in Shashemene and has also raised his own family here. He has two grown sons and a lovely wife named Kasech. He has a degree in Theology and loves his job of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with his congregation at the Shashemene Gospel Light Ministry Church.
Shashemene Case Manager
Dereje Wondimgizaw is the married father of two boys. Nine years ago he asked Christ to be his Lord and Savior and ever since he has been very involved in his local church, Shashemene Gospel Light Church. He sings in the choir, leads worship, is on the children’s ministry advisory board and attends bible study. He studied computers in school and also holds a certificate in Management.
Area #6 Church Partner
Woriso became a Christian as a young teenager. He has worked in land management with the government and is an excellent administrator as well as being a Bible scholar with a heart for unreached people. He and his wife make an excellent teaching team and both of them have dedicated their lives to actively sharing the Gospel.
Area #6 Case Manager
Tesfaye has been working alongside the evangelists in this area for many years and is well known and well liked in the village. He has a huge burden for the people of this area. Tesfaye is married with children and lives in Bulbula. He and the pastor of the church work closely together bringing humanitarian relief coupled with intentional prayer demonstrating Christ’s love for these precious people. Traditional village homes dot the rural landscape, and Tesfaye and Pastor Worisso have a motorcycle to access the families served by Mission 1:27.