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If you live and work in Ethiopia, you’re probably a farmer since  70% of the workforce is connected to agriculture in some way. The majority of Ethiopians are also either Orthodox or Muslim.  The current prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, is a former Muslim who is now an Evangelical Christian. There are over 80 different people groups, and if you try one of the Bay Area’s many Ethiopian restaurants, make sure to ask them their tribe.  Ask what year it is, too, as Ethiopians have their own calendar. Ethiopians are proud that they have never been colonized, and they are also warm, friendly, and hospitable. But, don’t ever take a picture of a camel. That’s a big no-no. To experience Ethiopia for yourself, sign up for a short-term mission trip.



  • Gladys Aylward was a 20th-century missionary to China (watch the movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness) who helped end the painful practice of “foot binding.”  Venture has a 21st-century version of Gladys Aylward. One of our members confronted the community about the practice of marrying off young girls.  The leaders agreed that it was wrong, and summoned the entire village to come and hear the new decree, that girls could not be married off until they had completed their education, with a fine instituted for any man who took a child bride.  


  • “Liya” was a third-grader when she told her Venture sponsors that she wanted to be a doctor.  Last year she started medical school.


Continue to pray for our missionaires that serve in Ethiopia.

God is on the move there, with people coming to Christ despite recent regional tensions.  Please pray for peace in Ethiopia.

Short Term Trips

June 26 — July 4, 2020

Venture members sponsor over 400 students at Hope School in Heeraraa, Ethiopia, where a short-term mission team ministers annually. The trip is perfect for those with a sense of adventure, eager to see God show up in miraculous ways.  The team meets with students, individuals and families, plays sports, teaches English and science, and looks for creative ways to help Ethiopians intersect their lives with Christ. Must be 18 years or older, and a background check is required.



Fun Facts

  • Over 80 languages are spoken in Ethiopia.
  • The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months and is 7½ years behind the Gregorian calendar. New Year in Ethiopia starts on 11th September and a day later in a leap year.
  • According to legend, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century.  According to the story, a shepherd discovered a plant after his goats ate the leaves and became restless.
  • Ethiopians believe that the Ark of the Covenant is housed in a church in Ethiopia.
  • The name “Ethiopia” originates from the Greek words aitho (I burn) and ops (face), which together signify “scorched faces.”


Doro Wat Recipe

The national dish of Ethiopia, this spicy chicken stew is simply outstanding!  *Spices are available at Ethiopian markets.



2-½ to 3 lbs chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces, or 3 chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons niter kibbeh*

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 cups yellow onions finely minced to a chunky puree in food processor

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

1 tablespoon finely minced ginger

1/4 cup Ethiopian berbere*

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup Tej Ethiopian honey wine, if you have it, or white wine mixed with 1 teaspoon honey

1 cup chicken stock

4 hard-boiled eggs pierced all over with a fork about 1/4 inch deep



  1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and pour lemon juice over. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the niter kibbeh or butter along with the olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add the onions and saute, covered, over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon butter and continue to saute, covered, for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the berbere and the 2 remaining tablespoons of butter and saute, covered, over low heat for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the chicken, broth, salt and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Adjust the seasonings, adding more berbere according to heat preference. Add the boiled eggs and simmer on low heat, covered, for another 15 minutes.
  7. Half or quarter the eggs and arrange on the plates with the stew. Serve hot with injera, bread or rice.

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