There is an amazing town in Ethiopia called Lalibela. It is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and is a center of pilgrimage for many Ethiopians. Built to be a type of New Jerusalem, it is full of several churches all carved from rock.
In our little “E is for Ethiopia” book, there is a picture of the Lalibela city but I’m not sure this picture does it justice. So we spent a while on the internet looking at many of these beautiful churches, marveling at how they have stood the test of time. The pictures are all amazing, but I liked this YouTube video best.
In the book of Acts in the Bible there is a story we read about Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples, being led by the Spirit of God to go witness to an Ethiopian eunuch, who works for the queen herself. The eunuch goes on to get baptized by Philip and then bring the gospel to Ethiopia. I love that over 2000 years ago the Good News was brought to this country and that people in Ethiopia continue to live for Jesus despite the many difficulties they face. (Although Ethiopians claim the real beginning of the Christian church to be in the 4th century).
These churches to me capture the rich history of the church in Ethiopia, one of the oldest established churches in the world today.