Beyond our Prayers

Anabaptist Church Growth in Ethiopia, 1948-1998

By Nathan B. Hege

Beyond our Prayers

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  • ISBN: 9781532694332
  • Pages: 280
  • Publication Date: 2/18/2020
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60
Web Price: $25.60

Beyond our Prayers

Anabaptist Church Growth in Ethiopia, 1948-1998

By Nathan B. Hege

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532694332
  • Pages: 280
  • Publication Date: 2/18/2020
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60

About-

Here for the first time is the story of how the Meserete Kristos Church began in Ethiopia and, using cell groups, grew rapidly during seventeen years under Marxism. Increasing 20 percent a year, MKC is more than a hundred thousand strong and has spread to every region of Ethiopia. This book witnesses to God at work among twentieth-century Anabaptists on two continents.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“The power of God’s reign to overcome persecution is dramatically illustrated by Hege’s record of the MKC. Church cells are a global activity of the Holy Spirit.”

—Ralph W. Neighbour Jr., in the foreword

“This book shows God’s work, transcending human limits. It gives historical events and dates and also tells a dramatic story of human lives transformed to the highest kingdom value, beyond any exceptions. A resource book for leadership transition, church development, and missions.”

—Tesfatsion Dalellew, Former MKC Executive Secretary

“Breathtaking! In an age that casts doubt on everything spiritual, it is heartening to see spelled out the concrete, incontrovertible power of God manifest in a solid, rapidly growing community of transformed families.”

—Ralph Winter, US Center for World Missions, Pasadena

“The Spirit gives life! A faith-building book for our time.”

—Donald R. Jacobs, Mennonite Missiologist

“Shows God’s faithfulness, with surprises beyond our prayers.”

—Calvin Shenk, Eastern Mennonite University

Contributors-

Nathan B. Hege

Bio(s)-

Nathan B. Hege was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, to parents who prayed that he would become a missionary. With his family, he served in Ethiopia from 1950-74, in teach­ing and church-planting assignments with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and Meserete Kristos Church (MKC).

After Hege trained in literacy journalism at Syracuse University in 1963, he returned to Ethiopia and worked at producing Christian education materials in the Amharic lan­guage.

Since 1974, Hege's responsibilities have included editing Missionary Messenger, EMM's periodical, pastoring in his home congregation at Willow Street, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and giving oversight to the· seven churches of the Willow Street-Strasburg District of Lancaster Mennonite Conference.

Now retired, Nathan Hege lives with his wife, Arlene, at Landisville, Pennsylvania. They are members of Willow Street Mennonite Church and the parents of four children, three still living, and grandparents of eight.

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