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Seed Adoption 2011: Ethiopia

by Dan Cruver Published Feb 21, 2011

Together for Adoption is thrilled to be a partner with The Rooted Church, the!, and Christian Alliance for Orphans in the Seed Adoption: Ethiopia initiative.  What is Seed Adoption?

Seed Adoption is a pastoral training workshop that brings together influential pastors of evangelical churches from across a country to discuss (1) the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children, (2) a Biblical perspective centered on the gospel, adoption, and the local church, and(3) appropriate strategies to bring holistic and lasting change to the lives of orphaned children, all for the glory of God.

We believe that the gospel, when understood and applied, must work through the local church and in the lives of Christians to effect such change. Therefore, in order to help address the orphan crisis, the Seed Adoption training aims to create, maintain, and encourage a national conversation with the indigenous church.

Seed Adoption 2011: Ethiopia

Three two-day workshops will be held in June 2011 in 3 strategic cities: Addis Ababa (Ethiopiaʼs capital city), Nazareth (capital of the Oromiya Region), and Awassa (Capital of Southern Nations Nationalities and Regional State). A total of 500 people will attend the workshops: 250 influential senior pastors and their wives. All 9 of Ethiopiaʼs regional states will be represented.

YOU can help bring local adoption to Ethiopian churches. Just $70 covers ALL expenses for a local pastor and his wife to attend the Seed Adoption training. Click here for more.


We are praying that these workshops are a first step toward accomplishing a number of goals:

+ Create common understanding on the extent of the orphan crisis in Ethiopia and jointly identify the major root causes and consequences

+ Through biblical and theological training, deepen our understanding of Godʼs heart for the orphan as well as our biblical responsibility to holistically care for and adopt orphaned children

+ Design a joint strategy to address the orphan crisis at the national level through the cooperation of evangelical churches

+ Develop effective strategies that facilitate holistic care and local adoption of orphans into Christ-loving families at a local, grassroots level

+ Build a common forum of evangelical churches to share information, experiences, and best practices for sustainable orphan care and support

+ Raise financial and non-financial resources locally for orphan care and adoption

Why Ethiopia?

In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 out of every 8 children is an orphan. Of the 143 million orphans worldwide, more live in Ethiopia than any other country in the world. Just twice the size of Texas, it is home to five million orphaned children. While international adoption from Ethiopia has increased in recent years, at the current rate it would take 5 million families, $125 billion, and 2,500 years to solve the Ethiopian orphan crisis.
Even with 19% of the population being evangelical and 14 million members attending 30,000 local churches across the nation (a movement that is growing by 8.5% every year), there is no significant practice of local adoption in Ethiopia. The primary solution embraced thus far by the local church has been limited to child sponsorship. There is a lack of awareness concerning the orphan crisis, a lack of appropriate working strategies and systems to address it, a shifting of responsibilities to governmental programs and NGOs, limited resources, and a lack of faithful integration between the message of the gospel and its outworking through the local church and into the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.

This is due in part to the lack of training available for the leaders of these churches. Fifty-two percent of church leaders have less than a year of training after graduating high school, 92% of which is not related to ministry or church leadership. There is only one graduate-level seminary in Ethiopia, and only 20% of denominations have access to it. In a country with 30,000 local evangelical pastors, it enrolls around 100 students per year. Many serve their churches for little or no income, and such training is simply unattainable.

Will you prayerfully consider joining us in this opportunity to serve Ethiopia’s churches and orphans? Learn more about the opportunity you have to join with us.

  • Sherrin Drew

    I am very encouraged to read of what you are planning to do in reaching out to Ethiopian churches. May God bless you and make your work abound in good fruit! May God’s people be equipped to care radically for orphans. We have been praying for this work.

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