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God Speaks to His Children – now more than ever!

Ethiopia is a country which embodies a tremendous ethnic and linguistic diversity. There are over 80 different ethnic groups in the country, speaking as many languages and belonging to a great variety of religious faiths.

There are approximately 700,000 Catholics in this country of Ethiopia which account for barely 1% of the total population. But despite its small numbers, the Catholic Church is extremely active in the country.

God speaks to his Children, which has now been published in a total of over 50 million copies worldwide and in more than 170 different languages

For example, the Church maintains 203 kindergartens and 222 schools, all of which are open to children and young people of all faiths and denominations.  Currently these institutions are providing  almost 180,000 children and young people with an education. It is through these schools that the Church hopes to build bridges among the various races and cultures.

In the same vein, the Catholic Church runs no fewer than four universities, serving over 7,000 students. The Church is widely welcomed by the ordinary people, especially in those areas where they still adhere to traditional local religions and in some cases have never even heard of Jesus Christ. Upon first hearing the Gospel, many of these people say to the priests, “We love your God. Please come to us as well!”

One particularly valuable and much loved instrument of the Church’s catechetical outreach is the ACN Child’s Bible, God speaks to his Children, which has now been published in a total of over 50 million copies worldwide and in more than 170 different languages including several of the languages spoken in Ethiopia. So it is that in many village chapels – often little more than a shelter of wooden posts covered with branches – one can find heavily thumbed-through copies of ACN Child’s Bible in the local language. The stories are read out loud to the little ones, time and again by the local catechists, but the children never tire of them and  listen with shining eyes to the words and deeds of Jesus.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Awassa lies in the south of Ethiopia. The Child’s Bible has become so popular here that we have received a request to reprint 10,000 copies: 5,000 in the official Amhara language and 5,000 in the local Sidama (or Sidamo) language, the language spoken by around 1.6 million people in southern Ethiopia.

 

We are helping with a contribution of 13,500 CAN towards the printing costs, so that many more children can embrace the Good News in their hearts.

Dans le Vicariat apostolique de Gambella, les enfants désirent une Bible. Soutenez-les!
In the Apostolic Vicariate of Gambella,the children want Bibles!  Would you like to contribute to this or other similar projects?

 

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