Oromo, Hararghe of Ethiopia

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The Oromo-Hararghe number around 5,820,000 and are comprised of 6 different tribes unfortunately only 0.01% of their population is evangelical and follows Jesus. The Oromo people practice Islam with a majority of them fusing their ethnic religions along with Islamic practices. Agriculture and livestock are a big part of their lives, many of the Oromo people are farmers. The Oromo are known for their friendly disposition and hospitality. It is not unusual for the Oromo people to live with extended family and for households to have an average of eight people.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

The Oromo find great meaning in naming their children. The father usually chooses the name but the mother does have great influence in the chosen name for their daughters. The most popular names for males are Ibsaa and for females is Ibsituu which means “light” in their native language.

Whenever you write your name today will you pray for the Oromo, that they may know that God has called them by name (Isaiah 43:1b) and that many laborers may be sent to be a light to the Oromo-Haraghe of Ethiopia. 

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

Currently, there are very few believers among the Oromo – Hararghe, most of them are marginalized by their communities. The national church and global workers are taking measures to reach the Oromo, Haraghe through church planting and various compassion ministries.

Pray that the few believers among the more than 5 million Oromo – Hararghe who have left Islam to join other Christians would return to share the gospel with their families. 

Partnership // Move Beyond


Many of the Oromo–Hararghe have suffered through famine and rebellions forcing them to live in poverty without proper basic needs. How might the Spirit be prompting you to use your skills to be an advocate for the Oromo-Haraghe?

Readers, Writers, and Speakers

The New Testament has been translated into Oromo – Eastern, the language of the Oromo-Haraghe people. The Oromo-Haraghe people need Spirit-led believers to effectively and creatively communicate the gospel message.

Problem Solvers

Infectious diseases run rampant in many Oromo communities with a need for effective compassion ministries. How might the Spirit be leading you to compassionately reach the Oromo-Haraghe?

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Austin JacobsOromo, Hararghe of Ethiopia