“I was always questioning many things about Christianity. I wanted to understand what God wanted me to do with my life, my purpose, and His everyday guidance. When I received the Bible in my own native language, Oromo, I began to understand the meaning of being a Christian.” - Bedane
When Bedane became a Christian two years ago, there was only one Bible in the new church plant of 20 members. Because they lived in rural areas far from each other the pastor made a list and passed the Bible around so that each church member had the Bible for five days.
Members returned the Bible to the pastor on Friday or Saturday, so that he could prepare his teachings for Sunday. Then after the Sunday service, a member would take the Bible for the next five days.
That’s how they shared the one copy of the Bible in Bedane’s village—until last year when we partnered with The Bible League of Canada and placed 60,000 Oromo Bibles in Ethiopia.
Bedane received one of those Bibles and it changed his life.
As Bedane grew in the Word, other things began to change. People started coming to the Lord; our small church began to grow. In less than a year, our congregation grew four times to 89 adults and 40 children.