Afar of Ethiopia


The Afar live in the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. They claim to be descendants of Ham, Noah’s son. There are two groups of Afar: the Asaemara, which are the noble class, and the Adaemara, who are commoners that live-in desert regions. Most Afar are nomads and one’s wealth can be determined by the size of their herd. Milk is viewed as a social offering, and if a host shares milk with a guest, he means that he will protect the guest as one of the clan. They are heavily influenced by Islam; however, they still practice pre-Islamic beliefs, such as venerating trees and groves and celebrating a “feast of the dead.”  

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

In the article, “Responding to the Call,” the writer explains how God called the current directors of Addis Abada Bible College (ABC). They were serving at North Central University, and on a trip to ABC during fall break, the Holy Spirit spoke the words, “I want you to come to this region full-time.” They are now training hundreds of pastors to serve in East Africa. Read more about their story here:

To get involved and join the efforts in reaching the Afar of Ethiopia visit the Africa Pipeline

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

There are seventeen countries in East Africa and the Indian Ocean Basin (EAIOB). Still six countries remain with no teams and no national church. AGWM Africa’s EAIOB directors dream is to see AG churches planted in every nation of EAIOB. Pray for church planting initiatives by AGWM Africa and Live Dead East Africa.

Partnership // Move Beyond

  • Pray for ministers training in ABC, that God would empower them to fulfill his calling on their lives.
  • Pray for Muslim Afar, that God would open their hearts to hear the gospel.
  • Pray for spiritual freedom from Islam and animism, and that Christian Afar will be able to live out their new faiths in Christ.

Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.


Austin JacobsAfar of Ethiopia