About Us

  DIRECTORSElliotts

Dr. Michael and Ann Elliott are the founding directors of Touching Africa Ministries. While on their first trip to Ethiopia in 2005, they fell in love with the people and felt a deep burden for the many needs they encountered. Driven by their desire to make a difference, the Elliott’s lead teams of volunteers each year to work in communities across Ethiopia. It is the diversity of our programs that gives unique opportunities for our Touching Africa Ministry teams to work with people of all ages equipping them to deal with life’s challenges. Each program is uniquely designed to encourage, educate, and inspire. 

MISSION STATEMENT

To give a tangible expression of God’s love to the people of Ethiopia by opening our hearts and extending our hands to make a difference.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, unites man to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, dwells within the regenerate and produces in them the Fruit of the Spirit which enables them to grow in sanctification.

We believe that the baptism of Jesus in the Holy Spirit is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ and is received by faith upon request. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to live an overcoming and victorious life. He bestows and releases the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification of the Body of Christ and the evangelization of the world.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one biological man and one biological woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual conduct, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin (Genesis 2:24-25; Exodus 20:14, 17, 22:19; Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13; 15-16; Matthew 15:18-20; Matthew 19:4-6, 9; Romans 1:18-31;      I Corinthians 6:9-10, 15-20; I Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7).

We believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender, other than one’s birth gender, is immoral and therefore sin; as well as, a rejection of the image of God within that person (Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 22:5).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess, forsake their sin, and seek His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 6:9-11).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).  Hateful or harassing behavior or attitudes directed towards any individual will be repudiated as they are not in accordance with the Scriptures; nor are they in accordance with the core values of Touching Africa Ministries.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Touching Africa Ministries as an expression of the Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model for our staff, our community, and the communities we serve, it is imperative that all persons associated with Touching Africa Ministries, in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to support and abide by this Statement of Faith and with Touching Africa Ministries’ right to teach what it deems to be the fundamental tenets of Christianity and beliefs, including that of marriage, gender identity, and human sexuality (Matthew 5:16;      I Corinthians 5:1-5, 9-12; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).

Our Statement of Faith is not exhaustive of all our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible written Word of God, speaks with absolute authority regarding the proper conduct of mankind and is the unchanging foundation for all belief and behavior. The Touching Africa Ministries Board holds final interpretive authority on Biblical meaning and application with regard to faith, doctrine, policy, practice, and discipline as they apply to Touching Africa Ministries.

ETHIOPIAN STAFF

Engida Danno and Kebene Hundessa
National Directors of Touching Africa Ministries

Engida and Kebene have four children and reside in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Engida and Kebene were both public school teachers during the time of Communist rule in Ethiopia. Prior to joining the staff of Touching Africa Ministries, Engida served as the Regional Director for Campus Crusade for Christ in Western Ethiopia.Engida and Kebene coordinate all of Touching Africa     Ministries work in Ethiopia. When our teams are not in country, they are busy writing children’s Sunday School curriculum for Touching Africa Ministries, which is offered to churches across Ethiopia for free. They conduct Marriage and Family conferences, as well as, train children’s workers in how to establish a vibrant children’s ministry in their churches and communities. Together, they lead our Children’s Educational Project.

Dereje Berhanu
Director of Missions and Church Planting
 
Dereje and his wife, Abinet, have two children and reside in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Dereje spent the first twelve years of his ministry traveling as an evangelist and planting churches in Western and Northern Ethiopia. Before joining the staff of Touching Africa Ministries, Dereje served for eight years as the National    Director of Missions for the Full Gospel denomination; the largest denomination in Ethiopia. As the Director of Missions and Church Planting for Touching Africa Ministries, Dereje is responsible for the selection, training, and oversight, of our Claiming the Borders Project.