Pastor Dereje came to faith in Christ 20 years ago through his friends’ Christian witness. Once he became a Christian, Dereje felt called to serve the Lord. As he witnessed about Christ throughout his community, a church gradually formed. As more and more people become believers, others in the community started opposing Dereje. They threatened to kill him if he did not stop evangelizing, and they refused to rent homes to any Christians. Eventually, he was attacked for his bold witness, suffering a broken leg. Though he can’t walk, he is still traveling from place to place to share the gospel. “I was called to serve the Lord,” he said. “I am ready to do so under any circumstances.” Pray that Dereje’s leg heals quickly, and pray that his community is receptive to the gospel.
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