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Divine Plan Unfolding

The Story of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Bethel

Debela Birri

This book chronicles and then interprets the fascinating history of the introduction and expansion of evangelical Christianity in western Ethiopia, and the subsequent birth and development of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Bethel. The story begins in late 1918 with an Ethiopian governor inviting an American missionary physician working in the Sudan to come over and commence medical work. It was a departure from the historical pattern for an Orthodox Christian governor to invite a Protestant missionary into his province. But the advent of the Spanish flu in Ethiopia forced his hand. What precipitated the governorís implausible invitation was not mere convergence of events. In Evangelical Church Bethel, the author asserts that it was part of a divine plan for the people of western Ethiopia.

Dr. Debela Birri was the director of the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under Dr. Birri's leadership, EGST has a strong legacy of vibrant programs (most notably the internationally recognized Master's program devoted to HIV/AIDS) tailored to meet the needs of the Ethiopian Church. More than 80 graduates completed their studies during his tenure.

Dr. Birri received his doctoral degree in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus in many positions and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Bethel before that.

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ISBN: 978-1-932688-94-8
258 Pages
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Lutheran University Press
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