About Us


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. 


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.


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.