Saturday, March 31, 2012

Heard on the Street

Ethiopia is an emerging nation. It will become a critical people in the spiritual realm.

During our February trip to Hawassa, I heard comments on the future of Ethiopia.

One person shared with me that Ethiopia can be an economic powerhouse in Africa in the next 40 years. They have untapped natural resources. It is one of the population centers in the continent (along with Nigeria and around Lake Victoria).

Ethiopia is the second most populous country with estimated 90 million people.

The government is pushing to educate its citizens. In 2011, 11 university campuses were opened each with the capacity of 30,000-40,000 students. Once you enter a university, education is free.

Imagine the economic, social and political influence of a nation well-educated!

Population Density Map of Africa
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, U.C. Santa Barbara

The world sees the future importance of Ethiopia. China is investing billions of dollars in Ethiopia. They are building a hydroelectric dam. In Addis Ababa, I saw a long stretch of a major road readied for the construction of a light rail system, a joint venture with the Chinese. China also has developed an industrial zone just outskirt of Addis where I was told that 100 manufacturing plants will be built. The role of China in Ethiopia is also seen in the construction of the magnificent African Union's HQ in Addis.

African Union HQ in Addis Ababa

The global fellowship of Christ's followers along with the Ethiopian body of Christ now stand at the critical crossroads that will determine the course of the future of Africa, the Middle East and Europe.