Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema, TLI's national partner in Ethiopia, helped to start this training site at the location of an old girls' school originally built by Scandinavian Lutheran missionaries. To do this he recruited the help of a local denomination which partners to both host and populate the classes. This is the second cohort in Hawassa.
At present, there are approximately 45 students at the site, most of whom are pastors, youth leaders, women's leaders, or lay elders. Graduation is planned for late 2022.
Challenges for these leaders are mostly related to their denomination's hierarchical and legalistic leanings. Prayer is needed for the training to adequately address this unhelpful teaching and the divisions which exist among the churches of this area.
Course 9: Doing the Ministry of the Word
Course 9 applies the skills and knowledge gleaned from Courses 1–8 to diverse areas of Christian activity. While Courses 3–8 primarily focused on preaching and teaching, Course 9 extends the skills to many realms of Word-ministry (e.g., discipleship, Bible study, counseling, personal devotions, evangelism, apologetics).