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Rafiki Foundation  |  Training Africans to Transform Africa for Christ

Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera

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Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera

Serving In: Ethiopia
External ID: 182

Amy and Tekle were married in August, 2016 after meeting at the Rafiki Village in Ethiopia. They now work alongside each other as missionaries, Amy as the Village Headmaster and Orphan Care Administrator and Tekle as the Village Administrator, to reach Ethiopians with the power of education and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The couple says they were initially interested in serving with the Rafiki Foundation because they believed in the foundation’s mission to teach, train, and equip students and teachers to be spiritual leaders in their communities.

Before serving with Rafiki, Amy and Tekle were both teachers. Amy received her undergraduate degree in English from Drew University and her master’s degree in special education from Boston University. Tekle holds a master’s degree in language arts (English and Afan Oromo). The couple says that they had little extensive missions experience before they began their work at Rafiki; they simply heard God’s call and were obedient to Him. Amy has served full time with Rafiki since 2008, and Tekle has served since 2014.

While Tekle is an Ethiopian by birth, Amy says that she has learned many things while living in Africa. She notes that she always checks for spiders in her shoes before putting them on, and she can drive in the middle of traffic packed with cars, buses, trucks, people, and livestock. Moreover, she has learned about her own need for a Savior. The couple can attest to learning about the richness of God’s gracious provision while serving at the Rafiki Village Ethiopia. Together, their marriage and service is a picture of God’s faithfulness towards His people. 

Daily Prayer Topics
SUNDAY — Spiritual growth, maturity, and wisdom (Philippians 3:12-14)
MONDAY — Health and protection; adjustment to culture and climate
TUESDAY — Patience, humility, and flexibility in daily work (Romans 12:10-13)
WEDNESDAY — The country of Ethiopia; love for and good relationships with the people 
THURSDAY — Trust in the Lord's provision and sovereignty (Isaiah 55:9-11)
FRIDAY — To know God more
SATURDAY — Unity among children, students, national workers, and missionaries at the Village (John 18:23)

Mailing Address: PO Box 2871
Nazareth, Ethiopia AFRICA
Amy Ketcham and Tekle Kumera