A New Chapel for a Village in Ethiopia
The Parish of Our Lady lies in the city of Shebo, in western Ethiopia. During the drought of 1985, much of the country resettled here with the promise of a better life. But they were met with bitter disappointment.
The parish was established to help a suffering and disillusioned people.
It has five outstations in Ethiopia, one of which is called Village 9. Village 9 is ten miles from the parish center; it’s a dynamic community, with 700 members and another 62 people preparing for baptism.
Fifteen years ago, the community built itself a small mud chapel with a timber roof. Since then, it has been eaten away by termites, and its roof was recently torn off by wind. The building is no longer usable, and the parish cannot offer its catechetical classes, since there is no suitable gathering space for students.
Still, the chapel is near and dear to the people’s hearts: for them, the church is a bridge between Earth and Heaven. They have begged their parish priest, Father Netsanet Yadeta, to build a new chapel, but the costs of construction are too high.
For assistance, Father Yadeta reached out to ACN: “[The people] are poor, but their faith is strong. They insist that it is only thanks to the help of God that they are able to cope with all the difficulties in their lives.”
We have promised the parish $33,200 for a new and permanent chapel. Will you give so that the faithful of Ethiopia can have a place of worship?
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