Bringing holistic ministry to Ethiopia

Chase Oaks Church is working alongside strong indigenous leadership to multiply churches throughout northern Ethiopia and bring holistic ministry to a largely impoverished and unreached people group. Find our more about what we are doing in Ethiopia and consider donating to the Chase Oaks Global Fund, which supports this important work.

If you would like to talk to someone or find out even more about Chase Oaks’ work in Africa, contact John Stanley at [email protected]

Celebrating 10 Years in Ethiopia!

Throughout the last 10 years, we’ve seen God work in a mighty way through our partnership in Ethiopia. We’ve supported 135 church planters, and at least that many churches are now doing vibrant ministry in the Gander Region of Ethiopia. Chase Oaks Academy is a school that currently enrolls 1,750 students and employs 120 staff members. Three widow care centers are servicing the region, which supports 170 widows and seniors daily. All this was made possible in part to over 2 million dollars donated by Chase Oakers over the past 10 years!

For more details, check out our blog here.

Strategy & Ministry Focus

Since 2007 the heart of our focus in northwestern Ethiopia has been proclaiming the gospel via church planting. We believe the best way to reach people is through a local church. And since there were villages where the church wasn’t present, indigenous leaders needed to be sent to begin a group of Christ followers. Ultimately, the church is the key to creating a healthy, thriving community.

Healthy churches are holistic ones, who care for the poor and engage justice issues in their own culture. They also help connect people to Jesus, where spiritual and relational transformation takes place. By sharing the good news and doing good works, they light otherwise dark cultures. It’s imperative that local churches understand the mandate to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

It is a priority for Chase Oaks to help the poor by empowering them rather than create dependency. While a good start to working with developing countries may initially mean engaging in relief or compassion efforts, the best way we can help is by giving support to efforts that will lead to self-sustainability, resulting in reduction of dependency on a western source.

Methods like micro-finance (providing loans to help people initiate small businesses), job training, creating businesses and building institutions that would have the ability to make a profit are all ways to support ministry opportunities that need to continue, but can do so without outside financial dependency.