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Confidence in God

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”  Hebrews 10:35-36

We Thank God for what he has been doing in our midst throughout the past month.  We did an outreach and witnessed to 459 people, and 69 people came to Christ. About 40-50 high-schoolers started worshiping with us.  We also baptized four people after we taught them the word of God

I came back to the USA on November 1st for my checkup and to see my family.  Unfortunately, they found my cancer spread to my liver, and they recommended for me to take chemo for two months.  I start chemotherapy this coming December 6th.

The word of God says, “Worship the Lord your God, and his blessings will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you…” – Exodus 23-25.

I ask that you pray for the church in Ethiopia and my healing. So that I may be healed to go back to Ethiopia.

Thanks and may God bless you!



Reaping the Harvest

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Praise the Lord! God is doing great things with Ethiopian New Life Ministry. On July 2017, we did a two-day outreach with Great Commission and a three-day conference,140 people were saved. Many people were delivered from the evil spirit, healed from their sickness, and encouraged in their Christian belief. We renewed our ministry documents by providing the needed yearly work reports to the government office. We bought a generator to avoid the sudden electricity losses. Now we have deacons who serve in the Church, we have started training the choir, and sharing Holy Communion. So far, we have seen God’s hand in our midst also we trust that He will fulfill our needs such as having our own building, keyboard, and mixer. Regarding my health, I had my check-ups, and the CT scan shows clear, but the blood marker is high. So, I have been told to come back for a follow-up on November 1st. I left for Ethiopia on September 20th and will be returning on October 30th. Pray for my trip, and my health may the grace of God be with you.

Jesus is Lord,
Teshome Tessema


Hi everyone,

How are you? I want to thank you for your prayers and I want you to thank God for what he has done on July 7 and 8. As I have told you, we did two days outreach with great commission people and 131 people gave their lives to Jesus and 25 people made an appointment with us to come to church and discuss their problems, we are thrilled.

Now I am very busy organizing the upcoming confreance.  Once that is done I will send pictures.

Thank you and may God bless you!


Jesus is Lord!

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD” Jeremiah 30:17.

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are doing well. It has been 11 months since I came back to the USA. I want to thank God for everything He has done for me. Also, I want to thank you for your prayers and support. Now by the grace of God, I have finished all my treatments and ready to return back to Ethiopia on 5/16/17 and will come back to the USA on 8/14/17 for my checkup. Over the next three months in Ethiopia we are planning to do the following: repair the room we rented, conduct a 2-day outreach with great commission,  host a 3-day conference, and renew our church license.  I request you remember us in your prayers.  Also, pray for Ethiopia’s peace, church growth, knowledge, discernment, for my health and protection.   Thank you!  May God continue to bless you richly.

Jesus is Lord


Reflecting on an Amazing Year for ENLM!

Greetings my Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The year is quickly coming to an end, oh what a tremendous year it was for me, my family and Ethiopian New Life Ministry. It was less than twelve months that I embarked on God’s calling to open a church in Ethiopia.  In less than five months, God saw that a church building was secured and four more rooms added for Children and youth Sunday school and church office.  We received our church license in April, organized weekly church programs, and outreach in the community.  From the outreach, one hundred and twenty-eight people gave their lives to Christ, praise God.

Since June 14, I have been back in the United States, as I needed to check on my health.  My Pancreatic Cancer returned, and I have been going for chemotherapy treatments.  In all this, I give God praise. Because he provided me the ability to get good treatments from the Mayo clinic plus I am able to spend time with my wife and daughter.

The church in Ethiopia continues to do well.  There are four services a week, so unbelievers continue to come to Christ and attend the church and many people are encouraged and strengthened in their faith.

When I look back on the year, I firmly believe this is all God’s handiwork, and I give him all the praise and honor.  However, brothers and sisters I also know it is God moving in your lives to support the Ethiopian New Life Ministry with your prayers, support, and financial gifts.  With God’s prompting on your hearts to give amazing things have happened in the year.

As we close out this year, Ethiopian New Life Ministry continues to need your prayers and financial support.  Please pray for the leaders who have stepped in to fulfill my roles while I have been here in the United States getting medical treatment.  Pray for Ethiopia as the country has seen a rise in unrest with ethnic groups with many people dying.  Pray for resources to continue God’s work, we are still in need of a car and our desire is to own our own church building and not have to pay rent.  We need financial support for the church operations and ministry support.

It is very easy to support Ethiopian New Life Ministry; you can return gifts in the postage paid envelope or go online at the ENLM web page on the support tab to see how to give electronically.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely Thank YOU!  I wish you and your families a spirit filled Christmas and blessed New Year.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now all Glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Your brother in Christ

Teshome Tessema

Prayers for Healing

Hi everyone!

So far, my family and I thank God for his protection, provision, and guidance. Since I left for Ethiopia,(December 26th), with the help of God we have accomplished great things. Such as, we prepared the main Church by making the floor cement, painting the wall and roof, and made stage and Curtains. We built four rooms which three rooms are for Children Sunday School and one for the Church office. Also, we bought music instruments, 324 chairs and office furniture. We got a Ministry license and started three days of service every week and one overnight prayer a month. Since December, we did a three-day outreach with Great Commission and Assemblies of God brothers and sisters. We witnessed to more than 682 people, and 73 people got saved. Praise God! In the future, we plan to organize another 3-day conference, have a Christian movie show once a week to attract the young people, and to give leadership training for church leaders.

On June 14, I came to the USA to visit my family and for my health checkups because two years ago I did a surgery for pancreatic cancer. I was told I am free but unfortunately now during my CT scan checkups, they saw a tumor close to my liver. I did a biopsy on 7/21/16, and they will tell me the result on 7/26/16.

According to Hebrews 13:8, I believe strongly in the God who healed me in the past will heal me now in His way. Also, the Bible tells us in Romans 8:28; “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:18; it says, “give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I believe good things will come out of this sickness, so I thank God for it. Finally, I request that you pray for me to get healed and go back to Ethiopia as soon as possible and for our church growth. Thank you, May God bless you.

Jesus is Lord

Obeying God

“The fear of the Lord leads to Life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble”Proverbs19: 23.

Hi, brothers and sisters how are you? I hope everyone is doing great. Our God is great and faithful; He is answering our prayers.

A month ago, I went to visit a seriously sick woman; it was not a good environment to pray for her, and I decided to leave her place and go home. The following day early in the morning the Spirit of God asked me to go and pray for her. I rented a small car and went back to her place, and after I had prayed, I asked her to give her life to Jesus, and she agreed and welcomed Jesus into her heart. Two days later, she passed away. I felt sorry about her death but was happy because I obeyed God and she went to be with Jesus. Praise God! I learned that if we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and obey Him, He would do great things in our lives. Praise the Lord.

On April 29th and 30th with 25 great commission people, we witnessed to 682 people around our areas and 73 people gave their lives for Jesus. Praise God it was amazing! Among the 73 people, there were Muslims, Orthodox, and unbelievers. On May 5th, we will work again with 26 Assemblies of God church people to do more witnessing in the area. The plan is that every three months we will work with the great commission people to go and witness in our area. According to Mathew 28:18-20 and Luke 15 this is what God has commanded us to do; spread the gospel and make disciples.


  • I hired an evangelist on April 5th in a part-time position.
  • Two signboards advertising the church were put up recently, one at the roadside and one on the front wall of the church. The signs have drawn many new people to the church. Due to the increase in attendance, we changed our Sunday service from afternoon to morning hours, which are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • God gave me a beautiful two bedroom apartment at a good monthly rate, and I moved in on April 15. Everyone is welcome to come and visit.
  • Several of the International Evangelical Church (IEC) pastors; senior pastor Jerry Shannon, congregational care pastor Girma Demissie and the director of adult ministries Michael W. Heaton asked me to use our church building first for Bible studies and second for Sunday morning English speaking church services. They have many members in our area, and it is far for them to drive to IEC. I said okay as long as it is for the kingdom of God. Last Saturday they started Bible study.
  • Regarding the 3-day conferences, I decided to organize it when I have come back from America because it is too much to handle and I will not be in Ethiopia. I will be back in Minnesota the middle of June.

We are very busy besides holding services three times a week we are going to start teaching the new converts at least twice a week. We are also doing counseling and prayer as many people have a lot of issues.

Immediate Needs

  1. Additional chairs for the church, 75 chairs for the children Sunday school for three rooms and 25 more chairs for main church.
  2. More Bibles for the new converts.
  3. A Monitor to control the music.
  4. A Projector
  5. A Car

Finally, I want you to thank God for His amazing work in our lives and to pray for the following:

  1. Deep in my heart I feel we need our own place to worship God because we will have more freedom and it is not easy to pay 17,250 Birr every month. We can use it for other needs. Brothers and sisters our God is the owner of heaven and earth, please let us pray by faith and God will do great things.
  2. Pray for the new converts to come to Church, learn the word of God, and be strong in their faith. Always when people decided to follow Jesus, the devil brings different obstacles to stop them from learning God’s word.
  3. Pray for us we need strength, wisdom, and the knowledge of God to counsel, teach, and pray for others.
  4. Pray for my health; sometimes I feel pain in my stomach and for my travel to the USA. I will come on June 14th.
  5. Pray for Ethiopia in some areas of the country there are conflicts between tribes and drought in the northern part of the country.

I sent you some pictures; please take a look at them. May the peace of God be with you.

Jesus is Lord!


Church Sign

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Office Furniture



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Church License

Hello Everyone,

Finally, we got our license yesterday, Praise God!  Also, the four rooms are completed.

Now we will start outreach in our area and organize conferences. Please pray for the outreach because we are dealing with different people such as Orthodox and Muslims. For the conference, we need preachers, worship leaders, and musicians. Here are some pictures.

May the peace of God be with you!


Newspaper announcements and Church License

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Four Children’s room completed

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Worship Services

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General Update

“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”  Daniel 12:13.

Hello everyone how are you?

I want to thank each and every one of you for what you have done for Marie, Redeat, and me.

Praise God! Our license application is corrected and approved by the Ethiopian federal office and submitted to Ethiopian press agency on March 10, 2016. The request for a church certificate will be published in the Herald and Ethiopian Addis newspapers. Then we wait until March 27, 2016, to see if anyone objects to the name and logo. If no opposition, we will get our license on March 28, 2016. We give God the glory!

The four rooms for the children’s church, the workmen who we hired to do the roofing and sheet metal were not as qualified as they led us to believe and made a lot of mistakes. The roof is short and it leaks. Therefore, we have to do it over immediately. After the roof is completed, we will install the electricity, ceiling, paint, make the floors smooth, and prepare the hallway for the winter rains. God willing, we will finish within the next ten days.

Regarding church services we are doing well most people come from far because we did not announce about the church in our area due to the issue with the license. Last Sunday about twenty people attended the service. We had a guest preacher who was 88 years old. He was a captain during the reign of King Haile Selassie. He is a member of International Evangelical Church (IEC); pastor Girma introduced him to me. I extended an invitation to him to come to the church and preach; we had a wonderful service. The theme of the sermon was ” Jesus paid a great price for us so let us live for him.”

Our next step, I am planning to organize a two-day conference in April as soon as we get our license. A conference is similar to a tent or revival meeting. Three days ago, I was with two pastors from the Assembly of God Church; we discussed how to prepare Amharic tracts and flyers, organize people for outreach in our church area before the conferences, and how to organize the conferences and it went well.

As for me, since I came to Ethiopia in December, I am living with a friend whom I knew in Nairobi, Kenya. He offered me a place and said not to rent my own place until I have the church license and the children’s rooms completed. It is amazing God’s provision. However, I am contributing to living expenses. My health is good, but two weeks ago, I drank mixed juice and made my stomach sick, but God healed me. In general, life for a person who has medical issues and lived in Kenya for ten years it is not easy especially after experiencing fifteen years of life in America. The hygiene, food, transportation, communication, etc. are all daily challenges living in Ethiopia. However, I am jubilant because I am doing the vision God placed in my heart for many years and God’s help is with me in every step I am taking.

Finally, I want you to thank God for everything he has done. Pray for an evangelist, outreach to the community, the upcoming conferences, guest preachers until I get my license, worship leaders, music players, and my health. May God be with all of you?

Jesus is Lord



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Rooms for the Children

Hello Everyone,

How are you? Some good news on the progress of obtaining the church license. The Addis Ababa Justice office informed us that they will give us the final paper on 2/19/16 then we will submit it with the rest of the documents to the federal office.

I am excited to say that we started building the  four rooms at the back of the church for the children’s section and it is going well. So far we put in the hydraform blocks, the doors and windows. Tomorrow we will start putting on the roof. We will need children’s books for different age groups for teaching.

We hired a keyboard player and a worship leader. We are still looking for an evangelist.

I continue to give thanks to God for what He has done. Please pray for the license and church evangelist. May the grace of God be with all of you.


“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” Phil. 1:6.


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