The Ministry Team is led by Dr. Michael and Ann Elliott. each year they work with pastors, church leaders, and local congregations to strengthen and encourage them in their personal lives and in their ministries. The team hosts community-wide ministry conferences; leadership training conferences; marriage and family seminars; and men’s and women’s programs.
Working with local doctors, our medical team conducts free medical clinics; provides assistance to local physicians; works with local hospitals; provides medical care to remote villages; and provides medical care to our missionaries, as well as, pastors and church leaders.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
The Children & Youth Team is led by Tiffany Walker. The goal of this team is to teach valuable life lessons that will develop the character of the children. This team uses a variety of activities to reach out to the children and youth of the community. The team incorporates sports, games, illustrated teaching, music, clowns, and puppets in their ministry outreach.
The construction team performs minor repairs for the local churches and hospital. Whether repairing the plumbing, addressing electrical problems, painting rooms at the local hospital, or building chicken farms in the local community, this team is having a positive impact in the communities in which they are working.
SHOES FOR KIDS
The Shoe Project Team is led by Tiffany Walker. The need for shoes, especially among the children in the villages, is staggering. Working with local church leaders, and leaders from the local government, the team distributes thousands of pairs of shoes each year to needy children in communities and villages.
The water filtration project is led by Randy Kunkel. Clean drinking water is greatly needed, especially in the villages. Water sources are not safe to drink and are often shared with livestock. As a result of not having access to clean water, there is a negative impact the health of the people. Our team sets up water filtration systems in schools, churches, and remote villages. Each filter, when properly cared for, will last approximately ten years and will produce over one million gallons of 99.9 % clean water. We can see the dramatic changes in the health of the people living in the region as a result of access to clean water.
Touching Africa Ministries has adopted five public schools in villages near Gilgel Beles to provide school supplies every year for approximately 1,500 students. We are helping the teachers with teaching aids and supplies, as well as, providing chalk boards for their classrooms. We have also installed water filtration systems in each school to provide clean drinking water for students and teachers.
The staff of Touching Africa Ministries reaches out each week to the inmates of a woman’s prison in the capital city of Addis Ababa. After a time of prayer and Bible study, a nutritious meal is served to every inmate. Touching Africa Ministries helps with much needed personal hygiene supplies and clothing. Tragically, many of the women have their children in prison with them as there is no family on the outside available, willing or able to care for them while they are incarcerated. Our staff provide clothing and toys for the children of these inmate
National Directors Engida and Kebene, host a television show on MO’AA TV called Maaddii Maatii, which focuses on Marriage & Family. The show airs three times a week and can be seen in all of Ethiopia, America, Canada, and throughout the Middle East.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY CONFERENCES
National Directors Engida and Kebene, host Marriage & Family conferences in churches across Ethiopia. In addition to addressing issues related to building and nurturing healthy marriages and family life, Engida and Kebene host training programs for children and youth teaching them about their responsibility in building healthy family relationships. They also host conferences addressing topics designed to help those who are preparing to enter the covenant of marriage.
GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
In 2022, Touching Africa Ministries planted Grace Bible Church in an unreached area of Addis Ababa south of the Bole International Airport. Grace Bible Church will serve as Touching Africa Ministries’ home church. There will be a strong emphasis on missions both in training, sending, and supporting missionaries. Touching Africa Ministries’ National Directors Engida and Kebene, will serve as the lead pastors of the church.