SA evangelist in Ethiopia says war cannot stop power of Gospel

A crowd responds to the message of the Gospel in Asella, Ethiopia during an outreach campaign led by In His Name Minstries

While rebel forces are advancing on the Ethiopian capital, strict curfews and security sweeps are in place, and a nationwide state of emergency is in force, nothing can stop the power of the Gospel, says evangelist Tamryn Klintworth who is leading a series of evangelism crusades in the troubled nation.

“We are on the frontlines here, proclaiming the Prince of Peace while conflict rages,” says the Cape Town-based founder and leader of In His Name Ministries in a campaign report released even as the United Nations has warned of the risk of Ethiopia descending into civil war and a growing number of nations are urging their citizens to leave the country.

Tamryn says that thousands of people have come to Christ in the town of Asella about 159km south of the capital, Adds Ababa, during a four-day campaign their team conducted there from November 4 to 7. In March last year a scheduled campaign was cancelled at the last moment when all mass gatherings were stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two days before the start of the current campaign the government declared a national state of emergency due to advancing rebel forces who pose a dire threat to the government — and potentially to the Christian ethnic Amhara people.

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Tamryn Klintworth, centre, preaching in Asella, Ethiopia

Despite tensions due to the crisis in the country, and interruptions to the programme as the town’s mayor used their sound and stage setup to brief citizens about the state of emergency, the Gospel was proclaimed and many people made commitments to Jesus and there were a number of testimonies of people who received healing during the campaign.

In an interview in mid-September Tamryn told Gateway News that the Holy Spirit led In His Name Ministries to start evangelism crusades in Ethiopia from 2017. Since then they have established a presence in the country and in hindsight they can see how strategic the Lord was in directing them to Ethiopia, she said.

In recent years they conducted about four crusades a year in Ethiopia and two in South Africa. But since Covid struck early last year, lockdown regulations had shut down the ministry in SA and they were currently doing all their crusades in Ethiopia. If they had not heeded the leading of the Holy Spirit they would have been stuck in SA unable to have crusades for the past year and a half, she said.

Thousands of people in Asella were touched by the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus

She told Gateway News they planned to carry out wall-to-wall crusades across Ethiopia from late September until the end of December.

“There really is an urgency in the Spirit that we need to swing this country fully into the arms of Jesus and the churches there are growing at a phenomenal rate — they really are exploding with growth.”

“So we are definitely going to keep on moving from town to town as long as the Lord keeps that door open for us,” she said.

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