In the summer of 2019, Acts 8 Ethiopia opened its first Training Center in the country!
The training center is located in Bishoftu (Debre Zeit), a bustling city of over 200,000, Since January 2016, volunteers from Acts 8 Ministries came to Ethiopia once or twice a year on short-term training missions to the church leaders in the Bishoftu area. As the work grew, so did a vision for a permanent presence in Ethiopia, to better serve and minister to the Ethiopian Body of Christ.
Our dream was realized in January 2019, when Acts 8 Ethiopia was formed to be the operational arm of Acts 8 Ministries in Ethiopia. The Acts 8 Ethiopia Local Team rented a large, 3-story house and helped us get it set up. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of our supporters to this project, we were able to furnish the facility and hold our first in-house training in June.
The training center has enough space to conduct training programs, meetings, and small Bible Study groups. In addition, the training center is available for use by churches and ministry organizations around town.
The facility is also the residence for Teresa and Bruce. Instead of traveling to Ethiopia one or two times each year to conduct short-term training in limited areas, they have now traveled in-country and conducted several training programs all over Ethiopia, just in the first year of operation. Thus, the training center has enabled them to be more flexible, nimble and economical in bringing teaching and training programs to the more remote regions of the country.